Aboriginal Head Start Program

Northwest Territories

Program Components

The program components, as listed below, have been the foundation of programming for AHSUNC, and have remained consistent since the start of the program in 1996.

  1. Culture and language - to provide children with a positive sense of themselves as Aboriginal children and to build on the knowledge of their own languages, if possible.

  2. Education and school readiness - to support and encourage each child to enjoy life-long learning through an early childhood program that includes physical well-being, social- emotional skills, language and cognitive skills, and general well-being.

  3. Health promotion - to provide an early childhood program that emphasizes healthy living and to empower parents and guardians and those involved with AHSUNC to increase control over and improve their health.

  4. Nutrition - to provide food that will help children meet their nutritional needs and to educate staff and parents of the link between nutrition and a child’s ability to learn and develop physically and mentally.

  5. Social support - to ensure that the AHSUNC families have access to resources and community services to assist with the quality of their lives.

  6. Parental and family involvement - to support and encourage parents’/guardians’ and families’ role as children’s primary teachers and not making a child’s registration and participation dependent on one or both parents’ participation.