Ihduwiyayapi: Advancing Indigenous
Early Childhood Education

2021-Ongoing

About The Program

The Ihduwiyayapi: Advancing Indigenous Early Childhood Education program partners with tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to build the capacity of their early childhood education programs and improve teacher education through family and community outreach, enhanced child developmental pedagogy, pathways development, enhanced capacity, and engagement in national conversations about ECE best practices and lessons learned.

The program piloted in 2021 through $600,000 and $350,000 grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Heising-Simons Foundation, respectively. The Bezos Family Foundation has since committed a $5.3 million grant over four years of a broader $11.3 million program plan.

Ihduwiyayapi can be translated from Dakota to “they are getting ready.” Its meaning conveys that those involved in the programming are preparing themselves and their programs for what will come next, they are preparing a foundation for the advancement of Indigenous Early Childhood Education.

Indigenous Early Childhood Education Blogs

Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.

SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming

SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming

SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Indigenous Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute utilized its Ihduwiyayapi grant to consult community and Indigenous thought leaders to improve the Indigenous Early Childhood Education program curriculum and develop a virtual dialogue series of 4 guest lectures featuring Indigenous scholars and teachers.

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Indigenous ECE Family Engagement Webinar with Janice LaFloe

Indigenous ECE Family Engagement Webinar with Janice LaFloe

The American Indian College Fund’s Strategic Planning and Building TCU ECE Family Engagement Grant provides TCUs support for family engagement and wellness in Native communities during the pandemic. This may include sending families early childhood learning kits, organizing virtual story time or language lessons, or assisting families with meals and basic needs.

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Grantees

Thank you to our Grantees for supporting this program.

2021-2022 Pilot Cohort

Blackfeet Community College

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Little Priest Tribal College

Northwest Indian College

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Stone Child College

2022-2023 Cohort

http://www.menominee.edu/

College of Menominee Nation

Diné College

Diné College

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Little Priest Tribal College

http://www.navajotech.edu/

Navajo Technical University

Stone Child College

Sitting Bull College