FACE components

There are three components to the FACE program: home-based parent education, center-based preschool, and center-based adult education.
Component Age Range Location Dates Contact
Home-based parent education For families with Native American children ages prenatal to five years Your home Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 AM - 3:20 PM Mary Galarza & Michelle Myers Home-based parent educators 253.445.6000, Ext. 3032
Center-based preschool For Native American children ages 3-5 who are not yet eligible for kindergarten Chief Leschi Schools: children are in the preschool classroom while parents are in the adult classroom Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 AM - 3:20 PM 253.445.6000, Ext. 3079
Center-based adult education For adults with Native American children ages 3-8 Chief Leschi Schools Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 AM - 3:20 PM Shannon Begaye Adult Education teacher 253.445.6000, Ext. 3069


    The home-based and center-based components of the FACE program are determined by the age of the child.

    Home-based education

    The home-based program is for parents/guardians of children from birth to five years. After an assessment process of the child's developmental needs, home visits are scheduled and lessons are designed to meet each individual family's needs. During these visits, the caregiver is taught about child development, behavior modification, learning styles, and parenting skills.


    Center-based education

    The center-based program is for parents/guardians of children ages three to five years. The child attends the early childhood (preschool) classroom while the parent works on an individualized program in the adult classroom. Children in the preschool classroom focus on cultural education, literacy, hands-on mathematics and science concepts with preparation for kindergarten.

    The primary goal of the FACE adult education program is to prepare parents and caregivers for future employment and provide educational opportunities such as receiving GEDs, learning computer skills, or preparing to attend college. Adult students also gain greater life skills, learn about child development, and increase parenting skills.

    Those participating in the home-based and center-based components come together monthly to share an evening meal and discuss their successes and common concerns about their children’s behavior and development. They may also work on crafts projects or have guest speakers on topics chosen by the parents.

    An important factor of the FACE program is the integration of Native American cultural values and teachings of the past as they relate to parenting. This is most relevant to Native American parents, as many of the historical teachings still apply today.