FACE Celebrates 30 Years

FACE Celebrates 30 Years
Posted on 06/01/2021
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This year, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) celebrate 30 years of service and learning in the Family and Child Education (FACE) program. FACE, a program funded by the BIE, supports American Indian families and exists today across 48 programs in 10 states, including the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Over the past 30 years, the family literacy program has engaged over 52,000 American Indians, including 24,000 adults and 19,000 children from approximately 23,000 families.

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Family Testimonials
Learn how the FACE program benefits and impacts families from past participants.

"I feel strong and happy."
As a mother, you want to be able to see your children grow and show progress. The Salt River FACE program helps give families hope. I participated for many years, and I'm in a much better place now. I feel strong and happy.

One thing that I've personally gained from the program is how to create a vision of learning new things. I learned the power of communication and self- reliance and problem solving skills. The most important thing I have learned is to just be myself.

- Candice Namoki, Salt River FACE

"She is now thriving..."
I was introduced to FACE by a friend of mine. At first, I wasn't sure what the program was going to do for my family or if it would benefit us in any way. When I was introduced to the FACE team they were so nice, kind, and very friendly.

FACE encouraged me to enroll and stay in the program because of the importance of early childhood education. Thanks to FACE and Child Find, I found that my daughter is more special as a child with speech-related challenges. She is now getting the help she needs as a kindergarten student. She is now thriving, compared to where she was a year ago.

In the program, I learned a lot about my children individually. I watched them become their own person, and I became more involved with them and their learning journeys. I couldn't be prouder of how far they come and what they accomplished since we enrolled into the program.

Not only did I get more in tune with my family, but the program also helped me become a better person for myself. They have an adult education classroom for parents to accomplish their goals. When I first started the program, I thought I would just be staying at home as a mother. The program helped me accomplish one of my goals to return to school; I am now a national certified phlebotomist, thanks to the FACE team and everyone who encouraged me. I am now a full-time employee at LabCorp.

I encourage everyone to check out FACE and consider enrolling in the program.

Letoria Yazzie, Salt River FACE

"...helped me find support..."
I began my face journey eight years ago with my son, Adrian; I am still participating in the program with my daughter Olivia. 
 
I joined the center-based program to help my son prepare for school. During those early years, I was taught several things, such as different ways to read a book and how to be my son's advocate. My son had challenges with his speech; I was able to get him tested with help from FACE. He was tested and assigned to a different school. However, I didn't want to move my son to a different school, since he was progressing very well in Salt River FACE. The FACE team supported me, and we were able to get speech and other services brought to us. My son is now in 5th grade and doing well in school.

I had the opportunity to be in the home-based program with my daughter, Lily. I had the best teacher, who made our visits educational and positive. She was a great listener and helped any way she could. In 2015, Lily had a grand mal seizure; it was after this Lily began showing developmental delays. Both my parent teacher and home-based teacher were supportive, and helped me get Lily the therapy she needed. Today, she is a thriving kindergartener.

My youngest child is currently in the Salt River FACE program and is center-based with remote learning due to COVID-19. They are doing great with activities and learning.

Through FACE, I have learned to be my child’s first teacher, their strongest advocate, and a successfully employed individual with the best job. I learned so much through FACE that I was offered a job at the school where FACE operates as a teacher’s aide and now I am an afterschool teacher.

- Lindsay Cuch, Salt River FACE


Salt River FACE Goals
The overall goals of the FACE Program are to:

  • Support parents and primary caregivers in their role as their child's first and most influential teacher.
  • Strengthen family-school-community connections.
  • Increase parent participation in their child's learning and expectations for academic achievement.
  • Support and celebrate the unique cultural and linguistic diversity of each American Indian community served by the program.
  • Promote school readiness and lifelong learning.

Home-based Services
Two parent educators from the Community deliver the following four types of services to home-based families with children from prenatal through kindergarten:

  1. Personal Visits,
  2. FACE Family Circles,
  3. Screenings, and
  4. Resource Networks.

Services to families are delivered in the home, school, and community environments. Parent education and family support have three key areas of emphasis that are critical to working with families during their children’s earliest years of life:

  1. Parent-Child Interaction,
  2. Development Centered Parenting, and
  3. Family Well-Being.

In addition to receiving personal visits, parents are encouraged to attend a planned monthly FACE Family Circle (Group Connection), which always provides child development information and/or parenting, Family Well-Being topics, and opportunities for Parent-Child Interactions. Parents are encouraged to participate in the planning and delivery of activities for the Family Circles, such as serving as greeters at the door, handling the sign-in table, facilitating an activity station, or leading book sharing. Parent participation enhances opportunities in meeting adult needs and goals. Family Circles are conducted at Salt River Elementary School.


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