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ERIC Number: EJ959801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Supporting Native Indian Preschoolers and Their Families: Family-School-Community Partnerships
McWilliams, M. Susan; Maldonado-Mancebo, Tami; Szczepaniak, Paula S.; Jones, Jacqueline
Young Children, v66 n6 p34-41 Nov 2011
In an urban midwestern public school district, families of Native Indian students, pre-K through grade 12, attend four multigenerational gatherings in one of a number of events orchestrated by the Native Indian Centered Education (NICE) program. NICE is a program in the school district that partners with families to provide Native-centric educational opportunities for preschool children. To address the persistent achievement gap between children in low income, minority communities and children in mainstream, middle-class communities, one knows that "both school experiences and home and early life experiences are important". A two-pronged approach to the problem involves creating high-quality, culturally responsive, educational programming in preschools and collaborating with community partners to design engaging after-school opportunities for families. This article briefly reviews the status of urban indigenous families and discusses an innovative all-Native-American preschool, an early childhood initiative created to address the achievement gap. The authors share their perspectives on the NICE preschool program, supplying background, research, and resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A