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EarlyOn Zero 2 Six is a drop in center with a wholistic approach to help Akwesasne's families access all services prenatal to 6 years of age! The EarlyOn Zero 2 Six program is a family service for children aged 0-6, their parents and caregivers to take part in programs and activities together.

One of our goals is to make strong connections with our families! Akwesasne Zero 2 Six is designed to encompass all services 0-6 years and include them in our community calendar, pool resources to best service all families within Akwesasne. We do this to ensure Parents and caregivers can get information and support about services available to 

them in the community, learn about their children's development and find answers to their questions.  Our focus is on helping families give their young children the best start in life.

This service is free and is funded by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne & Ministry of Education Journey Together funds. There are no fees for any of our service.

EarlyON Zero 2 Six centers will pop up throughout Akwesasne in all three districts to make services accessible to all families. Events may be held at child care, schools, recreations centers to name a few. Please see our calendar for more information on dates and locations. 

 

All programming is guided by How Does Learning Happen: Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years in the development of their programs for children and families.

Our Mission

To provide culturally relevant support, advice, personal connections, as well as a network of resources and play- and inquiry- based programs for young children and families.

Our Team

The Zero 2 Six program and family center is made up of Registered Early Childhood Educators, Early Year Support Workers and other support staff led by a program manager.

Our current Early Learning Specialist are Wakenda Peters RECE, and Precious Boots.

Partnerships & Networks

Akwesasne Child Care Program (ACCP)

  • Lani Sunday, Program Manager

  • Heather David, Program Support Supervisor

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC)

  • Sheryl Thompson, Healthy Babies Healthy Children Worker

  • Sarah Peters, Healthy Babies Healthy Children Worker

Community Health Nursing (CNH)

  • Lorrie Caldwell, Health Promotor

  • Catherine Ciampini, Registered Dietician

  • Amanda Garrow, Registered Nurse

  • Karole Mitchell, Registered Nurse

Akwesasne Child & Family Services (ACFS)

  • Dorian Benedict, Community Support

AMBE Head Start & Early Years (AMBE)

  • Carina Deere, Early Years Director

Child PreNatal Nutrition (CPNP)

Akwesasne Family Wellness Program (AFWP)     

       

Onkwehonwe Midwives Collective (OMC)