At the Department of Early Learning (DEL), we work with Tribal Nations to help ensure all children and families have access to early learning resources and information. Here are a few ways that DEL supports and collaborates with Washington Tribes:
- The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) has nine sites operated by tribal organizations: Puyallup Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Swinomish Tribe, Lummi Nation, Suquamish Tribe, Spokane Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Upper Skagit Tribes and Salish School of Spokane. In the 2016-2017 school year, 661 ECEAP children identified as American Indian/Alaska Native. This is an expansion from 250 children in 2012-13.
- 20-hour and 10-hour STARS trainings are offered annually to tribal child care providers.
- A Tribal certification process for child care licensing is available for Tribes.
- Tribal Nations are represented and involved in large-scale, statewide projects including the redesign of the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines, the Head Start/ECEAP Early Achievers project, and Washington's home visiting system.
- DEL funds parent support and education projects that provide hands-on parent-child activities, parent education and family support services.
- DEL sponsors Tribal Early Care and Education Conferences for early learning professionals who work with Tribal children and families.
Washington State Tribal Early Learning Language Summit
Summit Resources from 2017:
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