First Nations have an inherent and sacred responsibility to care and educate their children. As such, the AFN is active in advocating for increased resources and flexibility for First Nations Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC).

ELCC for First Nations in their communities and in urban areas is delivered by way of four key initiatives:

  • First Nations Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI)
  • Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC)
  • Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve (AHSOR)
  • Federally-funded daycare centres in certain provinces

Other aspects of early childhood development programming for First Nations children and families include:

  • Brighter Futures
  • Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program – First Nations and Inuit Component (CPNP)
  • Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Initiative – First Nations and Inuit Component
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

The landscape of ELCC for First Nations is vastly different across the country. The current work of the AFN in supporting the First Nations National Expert Working Group on Early Learning and Child Care has aimed to understand regional differences in ELCC delivery and structure, and to understand how First Nations want to be supported for the best ELCC outcomes of their children.

Learn more about what the AFN is doing on ELCC and the transformation underway here.