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.