Wakanyeja

2011-2016

About The Program

Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” was the first ECE program at the American Indian College Fund. The program worked to bring together tribal colleges, communities, educators, and families to address early learning disparities in Native communities during the years of 2011 to 2016. The initiative addressed the following five domains:

  • Improve cognitive and non-cognitive skill acquisition among American Indian children
  • Improve early childhood teacher education quality in Native communities by partnering with post-secondary teacher education programs at tribal colleges
  • Bridge early childhood education Pre-K transition to K-3 schooling
  • Integrate Native language(s) and culture(s) into curriculum development and instruction for teacher preparation programming, early childhood education centers, and K-3 settings
  • Empower families and communities to act as agents of change in education for their children

In 2011, four tribal colleges were selected through a competitive process to participate in the Wakanyeja program, and received up to $935,000 over four years to develop and strengthen early childhood education programs at tribal colleges.

 

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In 2011, four tribal colleges were selected through a competitive process to participate in the Wakanyeja ECE Initiative and received up to $935,000 over four years to develop and strengthen early childhood education programs at tribal colleges.

Wakanyeja Blogs

Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.

Teacher of the Next Generation

Teacher of the Next Generation

Hello my name is Sasha Toribio. I am from Zia Pueblo, located in Zia, New Mexico. I attend Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) and for a year and a half I have been studying within the early childhood program. During my fall trimester of 2013 I enrolled...

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Grantees

Thank you to our Grantees for supporting this program.

College of Menominee Nation

Ilisagvik College (2017)

Northwest Indian College

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

How to Help

Currently only 14.5% of American Indians hold college degrees. But with 42% of Native Americans being 24 years old or younger, you have the opportunity to make an incredible impact for this generation and generations to come when you donate today.