A “language-nest” style daycare program, Lakota Immersion Childcare helps pre-kindergarten aged children learn the Lakota Language in a nurturing and enriching childcare setting. Created and staffed by educators, this program ensures that children reach their age-appropriate educational milestones in order to prepare them for elementary level education.
Children in this program are placed into four learning groups based on age:
Uŋžíŋčala (“Baby chicks”): 1.5-2.5 years old
Šuŋȟpála (“Puppies”): 2.5-3.5 years old
Ptehíŋčala (“Buffalo calves”) 3.5-4.5 years old
Matȟóla (“Bear cubs”) 4.5-5.5 years old
By encouraging entry into the program at around 18 months of age, we can begin establishing language acquisition from a pre-verbal age. This allows Lakota to become a primary language and creates a foundation for continued fluency throughout their lives.