The Early Child Development Program assists STC Member First Nations in developing and maintaining Child Care and Head Start programs that support early childhood development and family needs. The Early Child Development Program Coordinator and Support Worker are responsible for:
Providing support, monitoring, licensing and reporting for the STC Member First Nations Child Care Centers, and on-reserve Aboriginal Head Start Programs;
Providing supervisory support and technical assistance for the Urban Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) Program.
,They provide the following supports and services:
Mentoring/coaching for all program staff;
Supporting the use of culturally based, play-centred programming;
Organizing and/or providing workshops for professional development;
Assisting in accessing post-secondary training opportunities;
Links to other STC programs for related services – EPH Manager, Nutritionists, Mental Health, Technical;
Services, Jordan’s Principle, Finance, and Nursing;
Ongoing program monitoring, licensing and reporting to support staff in following First Nations Early Learning Facility Regulations, Environmental Public Health requirements and Nutrition Guidelines; and
Planning for future program development.
In addition, the Early Child Development Program Coordinator is STC’s representative to the following:
First Nations Early Childhood Circle;
FSIN’s Advisory Committee on Early Child Development Program matters; and
Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Initiative Director’s Council.