The Early Years Principles
The immense potential that exists in the earliest years of life
and the science of child development tell a deeply optimistic story.
The Early Years was developed in this context, with the purpose of placing value on the mothers, parents, families and broader communities that surround children, to provide them with the support they require to ensure children are brought up healthy, happy, and ready to learn.
The program reaches women in the community who are either pregnant or have new babies in the form of weekly visits and group gatherings. Trained EY Visitors from the community walk alongside pregnant women and families to support their prenatal health and their children’s early well-being and development.
THE EARLY YEARS PRINCIPLES
The Early Years dances to the beat of the community’s drum.
We began the Early Year’s first pilot at Ermineskin Cree Nation in Alberta, working out of the Maskwacis Health Centre. Now, we are expanding to work alongside the four nations that make up Maskwacis, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe, and Montana First Nation.
The Early Years was created so that it could be adapted to suit the needs of individual communities, respond to specific cultural contexts, and work hand in hand with strong programs already being offered. The content, implementation, and evaluation of the Early Years program is grounded in Indigenous culture and the lived experiences of children and families.