Strengthening Systems of Care and Learning with Native Communities From Birth to Career

Supporting the development of responsive educational systems that provide a place-based, culturally appropriate education for young Native American children can help ensure their academic and social success at a foundational age, a report from the American Indian College Fund finds. The report, Tribal College and University Childhood Education Initiatives: Strengthening Systems of Care and Learning with Native Communities From Birth to Career (pdf), highlights insights from the first six years of the fund’s effort to build sustainable systems of early childhood care and learning — structured around five domains: teacher quality, child development, Native language and culture, pre-K to K-e transition, and intergenerational family engagement — at seven tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

The report found examples of how direct engagement within a culturally appropriate context improved the initiatives’ sustainability at the individual level (children, families, and college students), institutional level (TCUs), community and tribal level, and systemic level.

Population of focus: Native American children

Links to resource:

  • View the report Tribal College and University Childhood Education Initiatives: Strengthening Systems of Care and Learning with Native Communities From Birth to Career (pdf)
  • Read the press release about the new report from Philanthropy News Digest
  • Learn more about the American Indian College Fund

Date: 2018