Indian Child and Family Education

To begin educating children at an early age through parental involvement, to increase high school graduation rates among Indian parents, and to encourage life-long learning.

Examples of Funded Projects

The sites provide such services as parenting skills, adult education and early childhood education in an effort to increase student achievement.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Indian Island Penobscot School Committee $ 31,500   2012-05-212023-09-30
Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy School Committee $ 3,500   2017-09-302021-10-30
Seneca Nation Of Indians $ 799,729   2016-10-012021-09-30
Seneca Nation Of Indians $ 772,838   2012-09-302021-09-30
Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc., The $ 1,241,801   2001-02-062021-09-30
Montana State University, Inc $ 23,187   2019-12-312020-09-30
Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians $ 308,191   1991-09-272020-09-30
Indian Township Passamaquoddy School Committee $ 27,772   2012-07-012020-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 514,414   2015-10-012019-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 746,559   2012-10-012017-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Annually, over 1,800 children and 1,800 adults from 1,700 families receive services.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used for early childhood education, adult education and parenting skills.

Funds may not be used for administration.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments on reservations with Bureau-funded elementary schools may apply to administer the program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Parents and their Indian children under 5 years of age who live on a reservation with a Bureau-funded school.


The initial application must be accompanied by a resolution of the tribal governing body of the Tribe of the children served by or to be served by the organization. No documentation is required of the parents or children.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The Tribe should contact the Area/Agency Administrator for Education Programs.

Award Procedures

Once an application is received, the Coordinator of the FACE program appoints a panel of readers from such organizations as the Indian Health Service, the Department of Education and others who are familiar with early childhood development. The panel reads, rates and ranks the applications. The coordinator then recommends to the Director, Office of Indian Education Programs, those applications for approval.


Applications should be submitted no later than June 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin the program.


Indian Education Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications by Tribal governments to administer the program will be processed within 90 days.


Tribal Governments wishing to appeal should write to the Director, Office of Indian Education Programs. Appeals beyond this level are covered by 25 CFR Part 2.


Awards to Tribal Governments to administer the program may be renewed every 3 years based upon satisfactory performance. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted yearly and a full application must be submitted every 3 years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made on an annual basis based on satisfactory performance, and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


Monthly progress reports, annual participation data, screening, Work Sampling, and other program data requested is required.


For awards made under this program, grantees/contractors are responsible for obtaining audits. All nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more of Federal awards in a year ($300,000 for fiscal year ending on or before December 30, 2003) are required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et. seq.) and OMB Circular A-133, the OMB Circular Compliance Supplement and Government Auditing Standards. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $500,000 (for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.


Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $4,565,000; FY 08 est. $5,683,000; and FY 09 est. $4,641,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Each site receives $220,000 to $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A copy of the guidelines may be obtained by contacting the Area/Agency Education Program Administrators.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of the Deputy Director, Early Childhood, BIA Building 2, 1011 Indian School Road, N.W., 3rd Floor, Suite 332, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Contact: Debbie Lente-Jojola. Telephone: (505) 563-5258. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based on the review of the team appointed by the Coordinator. Final determination made by the Director, OIEP, based on the Coordinator's recommendation.

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