Child Development & Pre-School

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Skәmxist Preschool

The curriculum of Skәmxist Preschool incorporates Aboriginal culture, including cultural teachers. Teachings include nsyilxcәn language instruction, traditional songs, traditional foods, and drum-making and other craft workshops. Curriculum is play-based, giving children the opportunity to explore, take turns, develop problem-solving skills, and foster greater independence. Children are prepared throughout the year for entry into kindergarten.

Funding for this program is provided by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.


Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP)

The AIDP program provides culturally sensitive support for families with children ages 0 – 6 who are at risk of, or have developmental delays. All four aspects of the Medicine Wheel teachings are incorporated in the program to ensure healthy mental, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth within families. Support includes: home visits, play-groups, educational programs, pre and post-natal care, parenting support and enhancement of parenting skills, developmental screening assessments, individual activity plans supportive of each child’s healthy development, and linking families to cultural teachings and activities.

Funding for this program is provided by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.


Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD)

The ASCD program assists families of children with special needs and/or developmental delays. The goal of this program is to support access to inclusive services that assist child development. ASCD provides individual planning to promote each child’s development. Resources such as books, toys, and specialized equipment are available to families; and referrals to specialized community services are also provided.

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Funding for this program is provided by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.


Community Action Program for Children (CAP-C)

The CAP-C program supports parents and children by helping parents to develop parenting skills, developing a sense of community, develop nutrition skills, and learn traditional crafts and teachings that help families to explore their spiritual and cultural roots. This is done through workshops, guest speakers, and special presentations. CAP-C clients have participated in drum-making, moccasin-making, beading, and gardening workshops; Medicine Wheel teachings; and field-trips to family activity opportunities in the community.

Funding for this program is provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.