Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2011

Journal Title

Young Children

Volume

66

Issue

6

First Page

34

Last Page

41

Abstract

In this urban midwestern public school district, families of Native Indian students, pre-K through grade 12, attend four multigenerational gatherings like this one during the school year—one of a number of events orchestrated by the Native Indian Centered Education (NICE) program. NICE is a program in the school district that partners with families to provide Native-centric educational opportunities for preschool children. Family events such as the storytelling activity in the opening vignette represent trends in early childhood education: building family-school-community partnerships to enhance learning and build family resources. The all- Native-Indian preschool program is unusual and rare in urban areas. (Most all-Native-American preschool programs are located on reservations). It is in its third year of funding from a US Department of Education Experimental Education Grant (four-year grant project).

Comments

Mcwilliams, M., M.-M. T., S. P., J. J. (2011). Supporting Native preschoolers and their families: Families-school-community partnerships. Young Children, 66(6), pp. 34-41.

Reprinted with permission from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).