The Office of Indian Education Programs developed an Early Childhood/Parental Involvement Pilot Program in 1990. The program was based on three distinct and proven early childhood models:
Through this combination, a new paradigm in family literacy was created. This program is flexible and adaptable to the needs of the family participants, reflecting the cultural traditions and values of the community, and therefore each program is unique. The pilot projects were implemented in six sites at Bureau-funded schools. These sites were selected on the basis of the rating given to the applicant and tribal support for the project.
In 1992, the Early Childhood/Parental Involvement program was renamed and became Family And Child Education (FACE).