Mission Statement

The Mission of the Haak’u Community Academy Family and Child Education (FACE) Program is to is to strengthen families and provide quality educational and lifelong opportunities for Native American families from Early Childhood through Adult Life.

Program Goals

The overall goals of the FACE Program are to:

  • Support parents/primary caregiver in their role as their children’s first and most influential teacher.
  • Strengthen family-school-community connections.
  • Increase participation in their child’s learning and expectations for academic achievement.
  • Support and celebrate the unique cultural and linguistic diversity of each American Indian community served by the program.

Participant Eligibility

  • Be a Native American Child
  • Comply with: Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, PACT Time and Parent Time

What is PACT Time?

FACE Parents/caregivers dedicated 1 hour everyday to interact with their children in the Center-Based FACE classroom, allowing for their child to lead. Parents/caregivers will be able to support their child’s learning.

  • Promote family literacy
  • Home-Based families must be active in visits
  • Center-Based families must participate in FACE center-based programs

What we offer

  • Free books offered monthly
  • Field Trips
  • Incentives
  • In Adult Education, adults work toward obtaining their goals

Home Based FACE Services

  • 1-hour home visits
  • Tracked progress of Infant milestones
  • ASQ Screenings
  • Hearing/Vision Screenings
  • PACT Time

Center Based FACE Services

Center-Based FACE is located at the Haak’u Community Academy

  • Child 3-5 years of age, are prepared for the transition for Kindergarten.
  • Reflect on their culture and community
  • Early childhood teachers help parents in learning about their child’s development
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks are provided for FACE Center-Based children

Center Based Adult Education

  • Parents/caregivers in the Adult Education classroom focus on their personal, academic, or career goals.
  • Gain educational training
  • Job training
  • PACT Time with Center Based Children
  • GED test prep


FACE also serves K-3rd grade families at the Haak’u Community Academy, working toward supporting families in Adult Education and 1-Hour (weekly) PACT Time that takes place in the elementary school setting.



My name is Christen Tenorio, and I am from the Pueblos of Laguna and San Felipe, New Mexico. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas where I majored in Indigenous and American Indian Studies. Currently, I serve as the Adult Education Teacher for the Family and Child Education (FACE) Program under the Pueblo of Acoma Department of Education. FACE is a Bureau of Indian Education funded grant that focuses on Early Childhood Education and Parental involvement, promoting family togetherness through literacy and Adult Education services. Through the Adult Education portion of FACE, parents work on their goals, whether it be personal, academic or career. Adults will also focus on developing life skills, education and job training, GED test prep and focus on becoming their child’s first and most influential teacher. I am very thankful to be able to serve the Pueblo of Acoma families, and look forward to seeing the growth of our children and families through education, language and culture.



My name is Larissa Judd, and I am from Grants New Mexico, born and raised. I have my Associates Degree in General Studies and an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education through NMSU. I serve on the board for the New Mexico Breastfeeding task force and I am also a volunteer soccer coach for AYSO. Currently I work as the Parent Educator for the Family and Child Education (FACE) Program for the Pueblo of Acoma Department of Education. With this I serve mothers and children in the community from prenatal to three years old. The primary goal of home-based services it to support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher because learning happens in the everyday moments you share with your child. I am very pleased to serve the Acoma community and I look forward to seeing the great steps our program will take as we serve our families in the community.

Hi My Name is Ashley Mariano, I am from The Pueblo of Acoma and love where I come from. I am a mother of 3 amazing boys who keep me going. I graduated from Grants High School, I am currently employed with the (FACE) Program under the Acoma Department of Education to help out as a Pre-K teacher assistant. I put in some time assisting and helping at the Haaku Learning Center where my oldest son was attending school there 2 years ago.  I enjoyed being there when I could and seeing how much children that young could accomplish I enjoyed helping and learning all about what the head start had to offer. Now I want to further my career in Early Childhood to be able to help our children out in the community I am excited for this new journey and happy to be able to help our children succeed.