Language Immersion Preschool and Kindergarten: Mukayuhsak Weekuw (The Children's House)
With support from the Administration for Native Americans Esther Martinez Initiative, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and other partners, the Language Department hosts the full-day Mukayuhsak Weekuw language nest, offering up to 1,000 annual hours of Wôpanâak language instruction utilizing Montessori pedagogy. The 180 day Mukayuhsak Weekuw calendar (September - June) includes full days in the classroom (8:30am-3:30pm), followed by after school care from 3:30-4:30. Teachers are becoming credentialed through formal Montessori teacher training, and hold a range of educator qualifications, including WLRP language teacher certifications, state Early Childhood Education credentials, and national paraprofessional certifications. Mukayuhsak Weekuw also employes a full–time licensed practical nurse.
To enroll children ages 3-5, tribal households must commit to attending language classes and community nights, providing all student lunches and snacks, and volunteering with the Mukayuhsak Weekuw Parent Committee.
Launched during the 2016-2017 Academic Year for 15 students, Mukauyuhsak Weekuw will admit up to 25 children during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Mukayuhsak Weekuw also typically offers 3-4 weeks of "Baby Turtle" summer care incorporating additional language and culture-based activities and trips for students. To fill out a pre-enrollment form for Mukayuhsak Weekuw visit www.wlrp.org/sign-up-form.html
Future expansion plans include Grade 1 in Fall 2018. Planning is underway to offer early elementary Montessori Wôpanâak language instruction for ages 6-9, and infant-toddler language opportunities for tribal families.