The overall goal of Aboriginal Head Start is to "support early child development strategies designed and controlled by Aboriginal people…..to provide opportunities for Aboriginal preschool children to develop a positive sense of themselves and a desire for learning, as well as give them opportunities to develop fully and successfully throughout their lives."
Our headstart program is still operating and currently providing services to fifteen of our youth residing on reserve on thursdays. There is still plenty of room for children who are ages 5 or 6 in the afternoon sessions. The program teaches youth about our culture and language as well as provide opportunities to adjust to a social setting.
Suzanne (Sue) Bélanger is the coordinator of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation Head Start Program.
Sue is the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Click here to know more.