ERIC Number: ED173015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Ft. McDowell Indian Community Preschool Program.
Wurster, Stanley R.
During the four years of its operation, the Fort McDowell Indian (Reservation) Community preschool and kindergarten program has been directed toward three major areas of emphasis: (1) to provide activities and experiences that focus specific attention on meeting the special education needs of Fort McDowell youngsters; (2) to offer supportive services for parents, families and tribal elders; and (3) to strengthen the Indian community through its relationship with the child's maximum development in intellectual, social, physical, and emotional functioning. The "Outreach to Parents" component features participation in the classroom as parent aides, attendance at regular education classes, and at-home visits. Other components include family counseling, involvement of tribal elders and historians, and development of culturally relevant curriculum materials. A Yavapai language curriculum is being developed and taught. Twenty three children participated in the preschool program in 1978-79, with 18 in the pre-kindergarten class and 5 in the kindergarten. Effectiveness of the various components was measured at the end of the year with five tests, including the Caldwell Preschool Inventory, Denver Developmental Test, and Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test. Data analysis indicates that the project was effective in contributing to or modifying the behavior of the children in such skills as social, readiness, motor, language, and social relations. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Community Schools, Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Development, Family Counseling, Kindergarten, Motor Development, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Reservation American Indians, School Community Relationship, Skill Development, Social Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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