The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) acknowledges and respects our government-to-government relationship with Tribal Sovereign Nation contractors and sub-contractors. We also acknowledge the historical trauma that Native people have experienced since colonization particularly in institutional settings.
Tribal Nations have an inherit sovereign right over how to educate their children in a culturally relevant manner. We feel great honor in supporting tribes in caring for and providing high quality learning for their youngest learners. We are committed to building strong relationships with Tribal Sovereign Nations and strive to support them in implementing high-quality early learning approaches that are reflective of each Nation’s culture and values.
Currently, we do this through:
- The creation of the ECEAP Tribal Pathway and the ECEAP Tribal Specialist position.
- Creating requirements that can be individualized in ways that honor the unique traditions and perspectives of tribes.
- Implementation of flexible programming that promotes tribes cultural and language preservation and revitalization efforts.
- Honoring the unique traditions and perspectives of tribes.
- Working with tribes to remove barriers for contracting with DCYF ECEAP and providing ECEAP services.
- Individualized trainings for tribal early learning staff and tribal specific learning communities.
- Requiring DCYF ECEAP staff to participate in government-to-government training.
- Our teams commitment to increasing the number of tribal children receiving services in ECEAP tribal early learning programs as this fits with each sovereign nation’s needs.
- Robust partnership with DCYF Office of Tribal Relations staff.
Tribal ECEAP Providers
Are you a Washington State Tribe interested in providing ECEAP? Below is a list of current tribal ECEAP providers. Tribes with contact information listed are willing to talk with you about ECEAP and how it has worked for their tribe.
- Lummi Nation: Cherry Myers, 360-312-2444, CherryM@lummi-nsn.gov
- Suquamish Tribe: Nigel Lawrence, 360-394-8578, nlawrence@Suquamish.nsn.us
- Chief Leschi: Kathryn Yates, 253-445-6000 ext. 3182, Kathryn.Yates@leschischools.org
- Kalispel Tribe: Lisa Russel, 509-447-7429, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sauk-Suiattle Tribe: Tanya Burns, 360-436-1854, email@example.com
- Spokane Tribe
- Squaxin Island Tribe: Sabrina Green or Gordon James, 360-426-1390, firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
- Tulalip Tribes: Sheryl Fryberg, 360-716-4250, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tulalip Tribes: Taylor Burdett, 360-716-4273, email@example.com
Outdoor Preschool Pilot
Did you know that all ECEAP sites have the option of using elements of outdoor preschool as part of their curriculum even if they are not part of the Outdoor Preschool Pilot? Please visit the Outdoor Preschool Pilot page for more information about the program.
Resources for the classroom including curriculum, health and book lists. Please note that these resources are not required, but instead are intended to provide tribal early learning staff with support not offered previously
Curriculum and Classroom Observation Tools
Designed for tribal early learning programs.
- Making It Work Curriculum provides framework for tribal providers to incorporate culture into early learning environments.
- Since Time and Immemorial Early Learning curriculum is the WA State OSPI Tribal early learning Sovereignty curriculum.
- Head Start Native Culture & Language in the Classroom Observation (NCLCO) was created by Region XI Head Start for programs to assess the presence of culture and language in Native classrooms.
- Free books, e-books and resources from the CDC for diabetes prevention and healthy eating in Native communities. Although these books were created for K-4, most are appropriate for a Pre-K classroom and could be adapted if needed. These books work well with small groups of children.
- Powwow Sweat are powwow dance exercise videos.
- The Cedar Box Curriculum is a traditional foods curriculum from the Muckleshoot Tribe. It is a resource for ideas and concepts that can be incorporated into curriculum planning.
- Physical Activity Kit (PAK) is a program from Indian Health Services that encourages increased physical activity across the lifespan for Native people. Each book has two links one to a PDF with activities and one with a video demonstrating an activity.
- Since Time and Immemorial book guide provides some key tips that help you to select anti-bias books about Native people.
Resources to support families in achieving their goals
Health Supports for Families
- WA Affordable Care Act for Tribal members has information about options for health insurance for Native people.
- Indian Health Services (IHS) patient resources has information about health and wellness for Native people and help in locating health care.
- Oweesta offers culturally appropriate training programs to help Native organizations establish and sustain financial education.
- Northwest Indian College financial literacy training for organizations and individuals.
Scholarships and funding for higher education for Native people
- HUD 184 Native American home loan program is a guaranteed mortgage program for home purchase, refinance, construction and rehabilitation
- Northwest Justice Project Native American Unit provides legal aid to Native people in civil cases as well as assistance to victims of crimes
Information for individuals who would like to research their family history and eligibility to enroll in a tribe
- Bureau Of Indian Affairs (BIA) how to trace Indian ancestry
- Bureau Of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Enrollment Process
Indian Child Welfare
Provides information and support for Native families who are involved in the child welfare system