Programs

(Licensed under the Day Nursery Act)

Both Aboriginal Head Start and Child Care meet the needs of children by addressing their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical needs.  Programming in six areas: culture and language; education and school readiness; health promotion; nutrition; social support; and parental and family involvement.

Aboriginal Head Start is an early childhood development program for Aboriginal children and their families.  We provide full-day preschool experiences (Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 3:15 pm) that prepare Aboriginal children for their school years.  This program is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Child Care is offered to toddlers and preschoolers.  Our program hours are 8 am to 5 pm  Monday to Friday.  You may qualify for subsidy through Kenora District Services Board.

Goals & Objectives

Language and Culture

Program Goal

  • to promote Aboriginal lanaguge, cultural practices and traditional activities

Program Objective

  • to incorporate the Aboriginal language and culture in all aspects of programming
  • to develop a role model program utilizing Elders and community members that will promote knowledge in Aboriginal heritage.

Parent Involvement

Program Goal

  • to ensure the planning, development, operation and evaluation of the program is a family-driven process

Program Objective

  • to recognize the skills of all families and encourage participation in the program through role modelling, skill demonstration and information sharing
  • to provide a forum for families to share and support one another

Education

Program Goal

  • to provide the children with  a safe and nurturing environment that promotes a desire for life-long learning

Program Objective

  • to provide a learning environment and support for families to lead a balanced lifestyle
  • to develop culturally relevant programming which prepares the child for school in a holistic manner

Nutrition

Program Goal

  • to promote good nutrition and healthy eating practices for the children and their families

Program Objective

  • to educate staff and families about the relationship between nutrition and the child’s ability to learn, physical and mental development
  • to develop and provide a program for families that will educate them on basic nutrition, nutritious shopping and cooking nutritious meals.

Health Promotion

Program Goal

  • to incorporate the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of wellness throughout the program

Program Objective

  • to promote health education and awareness among the families accessing the program
  • to ensure the health needs of children are being met, by supporting families to meet these needs

Social Support Programs

Program Goal

  • to build partnerships with community agencies and organizations to meet the needs of the children and their families

Program Objective

  • to promote the utilization of the programs and services offered by the program
  • to facilitate the use of available resources and community services for families