Family and Child Education Program (FACE)
The Lac Courte Oreilles FACE program has been serving parents and children since 1993 and is one of 43 programs across the nation funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. The program was recently accredited through AdvancED along with the LCO School K-12. The focus of FACE is family learning with the goals of supporting parents/caregivers as their child’s first influential teacher. Our partnerships include the National Center for Family Learning and Parents as Teachers. It is with these national partnerships that we are able to create a program that incorporates child and parental/caregiver engagement from birth to grade three. The main emphasis involves school readiness through culturally responsive education using home base, center base and Early Childhood Education methods.
The LCO home base program is led by two veteran FACE parent educators, Dawn Kagigebi (20 years) and Danielle Scott (10 years). Both Dawn and Danielle work with children pre-natal to five years of age. Visitations are held on a weekly/biweekly basis and involve age specific information, parenting issues, child development, goal setting and family well-being. Lessons are adapted to include language and culture. A FACE monthly circle is held for all participants including community members and staff. The circle may include speakers and/or workshops. A special highlight is that all children enrolled in the home and center base programs receive a free book from Imagination Library on a monthly basis.
Center base Face involves Adult Learning/Parent Engagement and Early Childhood programming (ages 3 to grade 3) which includes assistance with college classwork, HSED/GED, Ojibwe history classes, after-school workshops, goal setting, pre-employment/job skills and culture/language learning opportunities. Attendance is based on individual scheduling for those that are employed, attending college or have younger children in the home. FACE Coordinator/Adult Learning/Parent Engagement Instructor is veteran educator Monica White (32 years) with work experience in tribal/public/charter schools as well as a tribal college Extension Education Program and Native Teacher faculty member with the College of St. Scholastica located in Duluth, MN. This is her third year with the LCO FACE program.
Early Childhood Education- This FACE component is for the 3-5 year old with a focus on preparation for Kindergarten by improving school readiness skills, such as, pre-reading, letter identification, vocabulary development, learning to love books and Ojibwe stories and language. Children also learn how to work together, problem solve, and follow directions. They are evaluated by the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) which is a computer adaptive test that measures early reading and math skills. Early Childhood Education is taught by veteran teacher Liz Bergum (23 years). She has taught Kindergarten for twenty years within the Minneapolis Public School system and three years in the Face program. The Co-Teacher includes Debbie White also a veteran educator (19) years working for the LCO Face program.