Early Childhood Education Programs
(House of the Child)
Early Education Childhood
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Early Childhood Education Center is
committed to providing quality services, which assure a seamless
system of care and education for children, families, staff and the
A child can best benefit from a comprehensive interdisciplinary program.
The overall learning experiences of the child are considered
with the entire family and community interlinked as partners in
his/her progress. The child's language and culture are respected
and reflected in the learning environment and interactions. Parents
are recognized as the child's most important teachers and contributors
to his/her growth and development.
About the Center
What began in 1982 as a grassroots effort by some Prairie Band Potawatomi tribal members has turned into one of the
most successful Native American Child Care Education programs in the country. Ben-no-tteh Wigwam (House of the
Child), the name of the center located at 15380 K Road, Mayetta, KS 66509, has been recognized for its high quality
programs in child care and headstart. It is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young
Children and was selected as one of seven Native American programs in the nation to receive the prestigious
Brazelton Touchpoints grants award in 2002.
What makes the center stand out is that it not only provides a needed service for the Potawatomi community but it
does so by integrating Potawatomi culture into its curriculum on a daily basis.
The center provides comprehensive services to children in the following areas: childcare for children six weeks to 8
years old; early headstart services for income-eligible families of expectant mothers or infants and toddlers, birth to
age 3; headstart services for income-eligible children 3 to 5 years old, and their families; and early intervention programs
like health screenings and special-needs assessments.
The surrounding community has also been actively involved with Ben-no-tteh Wigwam. Collaborative efforts with
school agencies and health providers like the Prairie Band Potawatomi Interagency Coordinating Council/Health
Advisory Committee and the Royal Valley Early Childhood Special Education Program have given the Center credibility
and prestige and has helped school and health organizations to target serving the Native American population.
Through the continual utilization of Native American traditions combined with programs in education, the well-being of
each child should be realized. The long-term commitment that the PBPN is showing through the Early Childhood
Education Center should lead to serving future generations for years to come and making for productive and healthy
For more information, please call 785.966.2527or send inquiries to:
PBPN Early Childhood Education Center
15380 K Road
Mayetta, KS 66509