The Tribal Early Learning Initiative (TELI), which was launched by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in fall 2012, has offered a unique and important opportunity to four tribal communities to bring together their Tribal Home Visiting (Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting), American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start/Early Head Start, and Tribal Child Care (Child Care and Development Fund) programs to support high-quality, coordinated early childhood development services for Native children and families. ACF has partnered with tribes to support activities aimed at developing a seamless system of support for early childhood services in their communities. The four TELI grantees, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, Pueblo of San Felipe in New Mexico, and White Earth Nation in Minnesota, each developed projects designed to build a strong foundation for continued and expanded collaboration across partners. These four projects now serve as a model for tribal early childhood programs to work in a cohesive and aligned way to support young children and their families and break down program silos. This document describes each TELI project, including the activities, results, and perspectives of the grantee partners. In addition, common themes that emerged from the TELI projects across grantees are shared. All grantees emphasized the significantly improved relationships across the programs partners, increased understanding of each other's programs, and a new way of working together that has now become the norm for these programs. (author abstract)
Tribal Early Learning Initiative: Collaborative success
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