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Young Learners Tribal Language Revitalization - Federal Grant

Preschool Development Grant (PDG) for Young Learners Tribal Language Revitalization


In 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) was awarded a one-year Preschool Development Grant (PDG) B-5 Planning Grant to complete a needs assessment and a strategic plan to improve Wisconsin’s early childhood state system. Based upon the work of this grant, DCF applied for and was awarded a three-year PDG Renewal (PDG-R) grant  to continue the activities identified in the strategic plan for the years of 2021-2023.

The focus of these grants are to improve the transition to elementary school and academic outcomes, and support reducing achievement gaps while addressing the linguistic and cultural needs of students from American Indian nations and communities in Wisconsin. The funds will be used to support startup and collaboration costs (e.g., materials, curriculum development, educator training or professional development).

The focus areas of the PDG Young Learners Tribal Language Revitalization (YLTLR) grants are the following: 

  • Specific and Measurable: All American Indian nations and tribal communities will have programming in place to sustain and revitalize their tribal language and cultural practices for young children and families. Programming will include transitional components as children enter K-12. Each nation will have a sustainability plan for program continuation after PDG-R ends.
  • Achievable: The PDG-R timeline will allow each American Indian nation and tribal communities to effectively plan, identify resources, develop materials, implement, and evaluate their programs. This allows each tribal nation or community to start with a small pilot program and expand based on results.
  • Relevant: All American Indian nations and tribal communities are seeing a decrease in numbers of first language and native speakers. Traditionally, oral story sharing has been a primary method of teaching and learning language and culture. This initiative is critical in keeping each American Indian nations’ of Wisconsin languages and cultures for future generations.
  • Time-Scaled: This grant will provide the time needed by each nation to develop a stable foundation for effective and sustainable programming and evaluation.
  • Inclusive and Equitable: The YLTLR honors the sovereignty of each of Wisconsin American Indian nations and tribal communities while supporting all six language families represented. Programming and resources will be accessible to family and community members, and it will create spaces for conversation/dialogue and opportunities for children and families who are not members of individual nations and communities.

Application materials for the 2023  grants can be downloaded or referenced at the following hyperlink (PDF):

* For best results, download the 2023 grant application hyperlinked above rather than filled out in a web browser. Not all features will work as intended when opened in a web browser.
** Application must be received no later than FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.
*** Email the grant application to David J. O’Connor and Romy Jose: 

Here is a link to End of the Year that will need to be submitted:

For further information, please contact Romy Jose, and/or Sherry W. Kimball, and/or David J. O'Connor at bottom of this webpage if you have any questions on the and/or need assistance with the grant application:.
Romy Jose
Grant Manager & Business Analyst
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Telephone: (608) 266-3392
David J. O'Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Telephone: (608) 267-2283
Sherry W. Kimball
Early Childhood Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Telephone: (608) 267-9625