Sivummut Head Start Program

Two, half day programs for Inuit children ages 18 months to 6 years of age
Based on the Six Components of Aboriginal Head Start.

In the past 5 years Sivummut Head Start has grown into a program that is celebrated locally and nationally while the originating Aboriginal Head Start components guide all of the OICC programs.

Activities

  • Culture and language
  • Parental involvement
  • Social support
  • Nutrition
  • Health promotion
  • School readiness
  • Dental screenings
  • Monthly well child checks
  • Monthly field trips
  • Cultural performances
  • Guests and visitors
  • Literacy circles
  • Uquasivut circles
  • Seeds of Empathy circles

Highlights:

  • Field trips such as: Mer Bleu Park, Briggs Christmas Tree Farm, museums and Proulx Farm
  • Bringing Seeds of Empathy program to the preschool age children
  • Brigance Screening
  • Many Elders attended the program to show traditional activities such as beading, qamutiq and iglu building
  • Annual events such as Graduation, Parent Orientation BBQ, Christmas Party and Inuit Day

Funders:

Public Health Agency of Canada
City of Ottawa
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

For more information, call Natalie Lloyd (Interim Manager), 613-744-3133, ext. 228 – [email protected]

Early Years’ Parent Handbook Inuktitut
Early Years’ Parent Handbook English

Link to Sivummut’s Team biographies