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Young Learners Tribal Language Revitalization - Federal Grant

2020 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.

In the summer of 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) distributed grant monies for the PDG Young Learners Tribal Language Revitalization (formerly referred to as the 2020 PDG for American Indian Language Revitalization). Grants were distributed on a competitive one-time basis to tribal early childhood education programs or tribal Head Start programs serving American Indian nations and tribal communities of Wisconsin. The work of these grants has carried over into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of the 2020 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).

As the 2020 grants come to a close (in the fall of 2021), additional grants through the PDG-R award will be available to support the PDG Young Learners Tribal Language Revitalization (YTLR) Initiative. Focus areas for these grants are listed below and reflect the SMARTIE objectives from the PDG Renewal Grant (p. 40-41).

  • 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 can be downloaded or referenced at the following two links (either in Word or PDF):

For best results, download the grant application rather than filled out in the browser. Not all features will work as intended when opened in a browser. For more information, please contact:

David J. O'Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Telephone: (608) 267-2283
Website: dpi.wi.gov/amind  
 
or
 
Sherry W. Kimball,
Early Childhood Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Telephone: (608) 267-9625
Website:  dpi.wi.gov/early-childhood
For questions about this information, contact David O'Connor (608) 267-2283