TCU ECE Initiatives

Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative


Download our free report: Tribal College and University Early Childhood Education Initiatives: Strengthening Systems of Care and Learning with Native Communities from Birth to Career.

A Tribal College and University collaborative to strengthen systems of care and learning with Native families and children. The American Indian College Fund (College Fund), in collaboration with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), is implementing a $1.5 million dollar early childhood education (ECE) initiative that draws upon the child development knowledge from within Native communities melded with the best practices identified in the field of early childhood education. This community-based ECE initiative uses a multi-phase approach to developing long-term commitment and shared responsibility for the development of high-quality early childhood educational opportunities for Native children and their families, by aiming to design culturally-responsive and adapted ECE systems, build stronger family engagement programs, and support Native family economic security directly through partnerships and access to higher education. Through local and national partnerships, tribal communities can benefit from restored access to systems, knowledge, approaches, networks, and strategies that contribute to sustained engagement resulting in improved early learning opportunities and health benefits for Native families and their children.

What’s New



Read more about the College Fund’s #ECE partnerships with #TribalColleges in our ECE Report:

Also found on our webpage:

#NativeECE #NativeTeachers #FortheWisdomoftheChildren #EducationIsTheAnswer

The #CollegeFund has a new partnership with #WestEd. #WestEd strengthens leadership, knowledge, and skills with research-informed professional development.
#ECESTEM #ECE #NativeTeachers #FortheWisdomoftheChildren #NativeECE

Tomorrow is #IndigenousPeoplesDay. We're encouraged & hopeful as more states officially acknowledge Native people & our contributions. Let’s celebrate the success of our Native scholars & show them they're seen & they have a nation of support behind them! #EducationIsTheAnswer

#NIEA #FDLTCC poster presentation. "Medicine and Edible Plants in Northern Minnesota Ojibwa Country" and the "Decline of Birch Trees and the Effect on a Native American Tradition."

#NIEA 2019 Annual Native Languages Summit, “Our #Native Languages, Our Educational Sovereignty. “The ability for our communities to remain and thrive rests on the adhesion and cohesion that #NativeLanguages have provided in times of celebration as well as in time of imposition.”


Just published! Read our first ever #ECE blog post from #TribalCollege ECE grantee Little Big Horn College:


Looking back on the Ké’ Initiative:
“What we want to get to through an initiative like this is to be able to enact the [educational] systems that have existed far before any formal, non-Native system was put in place.”
#NativeECE #ParentsAsTeachers

Looking back on our Ké’ initiative of which family engagement was at the center. In our current #FortheWisdomoftheChildren initiative, our focus is on strengthening Native teachers, including #ParentsAsTeachers.

#NativeECE #EducationIsTheAnswer

The @collegefund attending the Opening Plenary Panel with Early Childhood Educators: Seeing the Future of the Profession through the eyes of Today's Educators at @4earlysuccesss. The field of #ECE has been doing a lot of advocating for the profession.


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