Family and Child Education
Our Family and Child Education Program offers three avenues (determined by the age of the child) for families to learn and grow as parents and as students. Students have the opportunity to bond with their child, learn about their culture and heritage, become prepared for future employment, provide educational opportunities such as receiving GEDs or prepare to attend college. The heart of our FACE program is gain greater life skills, learn about child development, and learn about their culture and apply historical teachings to parenting.
History of FACE
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:
- Parents As Teachers (PAT)
- Parent And Child Education (PACE) as adapted by the National Center for Family Literacy
- High/Scope Curriculum for early childhood and K-3
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).