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Social, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural and Emotional

  • Ensure high quality program delivery through culturally relevant traditional teachings

  • Employ qualified and caring staff

  • Support parents/caregivers as the primary teachers of their children

  • Engage Parents/Caregivers in program participation

  • Recognize and support extended families in teaching and caring for children

  • Seek community Elders participation and support

  • Involve community partners and/cohorts

  • Build the child’s self-esteem and preserve cultural identity

  • Foster in the child a desire of life-long learning – making learning meaningful

  • Ensure transparent evaluation and accountability frameworks

Aboriginal Head Start Urban & Northern Communities (AHSUNC)

In 1995, the Government of Canada established Aboriginal Head Start Urban & Northern to help enhance child development and school readiness for First Nation, Métis and Inuit children living in urban centres and large northern communities. Health Canada currently funds 134 early childhood development programs for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and their families across Canada. The primary goal of the initiative is to demonstrate that locally controlled and designed early intervention strategies provide Aboriginal children with a positive self-identity, a desire for learning, and opportunities to develop fully as successful young people. The program is aimed at serving preschool children ages 3-5 years of age.



AHSUNC focuses on six program components:


  • Culture and Language

  • Education and School Readiness

  • Health and Safety Promotion

  • Nutrition (using the Canadian Aboriginal Food Guide)

  • Social Support Networking

  • Parental Involvement

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