Early Childhood and Dakota Language

Aƞpetu iyohi wówauƞṡida, daḳota wic̣oḣaƞ, waḳaƞyeża canteya yuha mauƞnipi kiƞhaƞ waṡaguƞki’iciyapte

Our compassion, our Dakota ways, and our love for our children,
that’s what keeps us strong. 

Our Mission

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To raise the next generation of Dakota Language Speakers and to promote school readiness by enhancing the social, emotional and cognitive development of the most at risk children.

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Center-Based

Because birth to 5 is the time of developing an identity and a sense of self, it is essential that American Indian Head Start programs give children positive, rich, comprehensive, and affirming educational experiences grounded in the unique culture and language of the children.

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Home-Based

Comprehensive services are provided weekly within the family's own home and embraces the parent-child relationship. Family support and services provide resources, monitor child development and so much more!

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Expectant Families

The Expectant Families Program is a comprehensive program to help eligible pregnant women receive the many services needed for a healthy pregnancy.

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Learn the Dakota Language online. Enroll in our online courses today.

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News & Events

School Update: 09/19/2022

September 19, 2022

Haƞ Mitakuyapi,             I am writing to update you on the school’s and community’s preparedness in response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). To continue our mission at C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi, we have a goal of continuing to keep our […]

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Tatanka Classroom Update: 09/12/2022

September 12, 2022

Dear Parent/Guardian: We have an update for the start date for your child’s first day in the Tatanka Classroom at C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi.  We obtained additional funding that would allow us to expand the classroom and add 2 additional […]

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