The primary goal of the "Come & Learn" Regina Aboriginal Head Start Program is to demonstrate that locally controlled and designed early intervention strategies can provide Aboriginal pre-school children in urban and northern settings with a desire for learning and opportunities to develop fully and successfully as young people.
The program provides preschool learning for First Nations, Métis and Inuit pre-school children 3 – 5 years of age. The program is organized around six components:
- Culture and Language
- Health and Safety Promotion
- Social Support
- Parental Involvement
Transportation and meals are included in the four days children attend.
First Nations People, Métis and Inuit recognize children as their nation's most valuable resources. Therefore, the Regina Aboriginal Head Start Initiative provides comprehensive experiences for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children up to six years of age and their families with primary emphasis on pre-schoolers 3-5 years of age. The program is based on caring, creativity and pride following from their knowledge of their traditional community beliefs, within a holistic and safe environment.
Program Facts Include:
- Enrolls 116 children per year
- Brand New Building in 2003
- Has Charitable Status
- Child & Family Centered
- Community based and supported
- Sponsored by the Aboriginal Family Service Centre
- Funded by Health Canada, Population, Public Health Branch
Aboriginal Head Start Stories
In 2003-2004 approximately 3500 children and their families participated in Aboriginal Head Start in one of 114 sites across Canada. Hundreds of these families are able to tell stories about how the program has changed their lives. In our site, in Regina, about 63 children attended and the stories of how this program made a difference in their lives is documented in our reports.