Early childhood learning program with a First Nations approach proving popular

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An early learning childhood program developed with a First Nations approach in Yukon is proving to be very popular.

The Early Years program helps Indigenous parents and caregivers navigate through the first five years of childhood development.

Launched in September 2021 in Whitehorse, Ross River, Pelly Crossing, Mayo and Old Crow, there are already 120 families in the program.

Developed by the Yukon First Nation Education Directorate, the program promotes early language skills, bonding, learning and playing together as a family unit.

Cultural awareness

Audrey-Ann Martin, the Early Years program manager, said Early Years staff or ‘visitors’ went through their own cultural awareness training before the program was offered to families.

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