Ké’ Early Childhood


About The Program

The Ké’ Early Childhood Family Engagement Initiative sought to strengthen systems of shared responsibilities among families, schools, and communities. In 2014 to 2015 Ké’ supported tribal college grantees and their tribal and community partners in deepening their engagement with Native families in the education of their children, starting from birth to age 8. This program was the second early childhood education initiative of the American Indian College Fund awarded funding by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Ké’ built upon the success of the Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” ECE Initiative, prioritizing the strengthening of Native families’ roles in early childhood education and learning opportunities. Promotion of partnerships and strategies, to both address systemic inequities and support ways families could become advocates for positive change, resulted in greater opportunities for families to engage in advocacy and policy for Native communities.

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Program Social Media

Ké’ Early Childhood Blogs

Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.

Pueblo of Jemez –Photo Voice Showcase

Pueblo of Jemez –Photo Voice Showcase

Our Parent Photo Voice team had the great honor of having Walatowa Headstart Program Manager, Lana Toya, enlighten us with their Photo Voice project and journey.  Lana shared information on the project’s foundation, development, motivation and their efforts to transform a head start to a language immersion program in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico.

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Thank you to our Grantees for supporting this program.


College of Menominee Nation

Sitting Bull College

Northwest Indian College

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute