Aboriginal Head Start

COVID-19 UPDATE - ABORIGINAL HEADSTART

Due to the province-wide mandatory closures of all schools and childcare centres across Ontario, the Zaagi-idiwin Aboriginal Head Start Program is closed.  If you have any inquiries please call 807-274-7244 and leave a message or call 807-275-5073, or email the Program Coordinator at cmcmahon@unfc.org.   

Overview

The United Native Friendship Centre is pleased to offer the Zaagi-idiwin Aboriginal Head Start Program.  The Zaagi-idiwin Aboriginal Head Start Program is a licensed child care program which focuses on the Anishinaabe culture and language, and school readiness skills.  The program is offered to urban Indigenous children ages 2.5 – 5 years living within the Fort Frances community, and will run throughout the course of the school year (September – June). 

We are now accepting applications for the 2020/2021 Program Year.  Applications can be emailed to cmcmahon@unfc.org, or sent via fax at 807-274-8500.  Please be sure to sign and date all applications.  Miigwech!

Child and Family Registration Application Form (PDF)

Goal

Our goal is to meet the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the children. We provide programming in six core areas: education and school readiness, Aboriginal culture and language, health promotion and nutrition, parental involvement and social support.

View this short video to see what the Aboriginal Headstart Program is about. 

Contact

If you are interested in learning more about what the program has to offer, please call 807-274-7244

 

Charity McMahon, Early Learning Programs Lead
cmcmahon@unfc.org 

Karly Rousseau, Early Learning Programs Assistant
krousseau@unfc.org

Dana Ward, Head Teacher
dward@unfc.org

Courtney Plourde, Registered Early Childhood Educator 
cplourde@unfc.org

Classroom Assistants (Cassondra Caul & Emily Bird) Registered Early Childhood Educators 
ahsclassroom@unfc.org

Shawna McRitchie, Certified Resource Teacher
smcritchie@unfc.org

Susan Councillor, Family Cultural Worker
scouncillor@unfc.org

Mindy Taschuk, Cook
mtaschuk@unfc.org