The project goal is to increase access to a culturally focused high quality early childhood development education program. By the end of the 36 months, the Klamath Tribes Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) will offer a culturally appropriate, high quality early childhood program to a classroom of ten(10) Klamath/Native American children ages three (3) to five (5) years of age with low to moderate income. The 10 children will demonstrate progression in social, emotional, cognitive, language and literacy, perceptual, and physical skills that increases their school readiness for transition into kindergarten/public school programs.
Additionally, six (6) American Indian/Alaskan Native adults will complete Child Development Associate training and certification to provide ECDC with well-trained staff who can deliver high quality childhood programs.
By the end of 36 months, the Klamath Tribes will hire a Language Coordinator to annually increase 30 ECDC children's and 6 teacher's knowledge of the Klamath language to intermediate level proficiency.The target population is Native American children, aged 3-5 years old in a prekindergarten classroom setting.
Partners include utilizing the Culture & Heritage Department staff knowledge and skills, Oregon Institute of Technology for social emotional training for students as well as training for staff; and Klamath Community College for education and recruitment for early learning staff. Tribal committees such as the Culture Heritage and Elder Committees will be utilized as soon as the covid-19 restrictions allow.