ABORIGINAL HEAD START
Maajiishkatoong Zoong Mnidoowin – Building Strong Spirits
Building Strong Spirits is a free school readiness program. We provide a happy, safe, relaxed learning environment for children with an Aboriginal background aged 2 ½ to 6 years and their families. We embrace development through play, curiosity and creativity.
The program is based on appreciation for the teachings that bind North American Aboriginal people, with a focus on cultural awareness, values, languages, music and craft. It is governed by empowered parents and caregivers who sit on the Parent Council.
The Building Strong Spirits program encompasses the following components:
Culture and Language
Promotes understanding of, respect for, participation in and responsiveness to the culture and language of Aboriginal children, families and communities.
Fosters a desire for lifelong learning, focuses on early childhood development, and helps children acquire school readiness skills
Supports the family in assuring that children receive regular preventive health care and professional attention to health problems
Uses a balanced approach to meet children’s nutritional needs by using Aboriginal Food Guides and Canada’s Food Guide
Respects local traditions and customs
Encourages parents’ healthy eating habits
Provides opportunities for children to develop social and emotional skills that are consistent with Aboriginal core values.
Parental and Family Involvement
Acknowledges parents and guardians as the primary teachers and caregivers of children
Ensures that parents and guardians play a key role in the planning, development, operation and evaluation of the program
Supports extended families – particularly elders and traditional people – in teaching and caring for children.
2784 Keele Street, Toronto ON M3M 2G4 MAP
Telephone: 416.630.3423 · Fax: 416.630.9581
935 Dundas Street East, First Nations Public School, Toronto ON M4M 1R4 MAP
Telephone: 416.469.8417 · Fax: 416. 393.0552
156 Galloway Road, Scarborough, ON M1E 1X2 MAP
Telephone: 416.969.8510 · Fax: 416.283.9925
For more information about Aboriginal Head Start programs, call the Centre in your area or 416.969.8510.