Family and Child Education (FACE) has reached a thirty-year milestone and we celebrate this monumental endeavor. This is a partnership between the federal Bureau of Indian Education, the National Center for Families Learning and Parents as Teachers National Center. FACE is a two generation model with an emphasis on family literacy through an integrated early childhood/parental involvement program. This unique program was developed specifically for American Indian families matching highly trained, local, Indigenous professionals with families from pregnancy through their children’s first years of life.
What Is FACE?
What Parents Are Saying
The FACE Program, is a crucial program because we are finding that many of our kids are coming in and ill prepared for kindergarten. We are finding that parents are believing that it is our job only to educate their children. So we are trying to establish parents as partners in their education with their child.
As a parent educator, the benefits of what I see is having the kids accomplish their milestones and to see them start their first word or pick up a book and it becomes natural for them.
Students who have been acculturated in the FACE program understand that school is important and that education is a part of their day. They're eager to learn, they're excited to be in the classroom. They're excited to work with a teacher. They're less shy and more apt to be acceptable to new ideas.
I like the idea of parents as teachers because then it creates the idea that we are not the only teachers at the school but really the education begins in the home and we want to build and support that.