Algonquin Inòdewiziwin Child and Family Centre
EarlyON centres offer free drop-in programs for caregivers and children from birth to 6 years old. At this Child and Family Centre both indigenous and non-indigenous parents and caregivers have access to high quality indigenous services that will support them in their role as their children’s first teachers, enhance their well-being and enrich their knowledge about early learning and development. In particular, children and parents will both learn the Algonquin language, history and culture.
The Anishinaabe Baptiste Community Organization and the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation Community have partnered with North Hastings Children’s Services to administer the Ministry of Education EarlyON program through the Journey Together funding with Hastings County. This program is funded by the Government of Canada and the province of Ontario.
Located in Classroom 2 in Maynooth Public School, parents check in at the School Reception and an Algonquin Inòdewiziwin team member will bring you to the classroom where parents/caregivers can learn and play with your child, meet people or get advice. An Early Childhood Educator, Diane Martin, and Algonquin Inòdewiziwin EarlyON Coordinator/Indigenous Pedagogical Leader, Christine Luckasavitch, will offer support to the program. Elder and Planner, Ada Tinney will attend programs with Algonquin Elders and community members to share teachings and local legends of the Algonquins.
Algonquin Inòdewiziwin EarlyON Child and Family Centre will run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 4 pm with Saturdays at the Bancroft EarlyON site. Outreach programming will occur at various sites across North Hastings including Bancroft, Coe Hill, Hermon, Maynooth and all North Hastings schools.
Stay tuned to the NHCS calendar and the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation website for more information as the programs are developed. Please email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.