Montessori American Indian Childcare Center

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in St. Paul. Opened in 2014, MAICC offers Ojibwe and Lakota specific programming to the children of Native families on St. Paul’s east side. MAICC has earned a 4-star Parent Aware rating.

Grant supports expanding cultural practices in MAICC’s parenting program, the Family Parenting Nest, as well as support classroom needs and transportation. MAICC will add a new parent-led activity in which parents can make traditional dance regalia for their children, led by parents who have these skills. The wearing of dance regalia is a visible manifestation of pride in Native heritage and culture, and it enables the children to participate in cultural events involving dance.