Does my child have to be “Status” to be in the program?
No, we have many Non-Status families. We do however need proof of Aboriginal ancestry. You can prove Aboriginal ancestry by providing us with any of the following:
- Genealogical Documentation – to show some type of Aboriginal ties such as Métis or Non-Status Aboriginal
- Letters from Indian Affairs stating Indian Status or C31 Status of a direct relative.
- Photocopies of (Aboriginal’s) birth, baptismal, marriage or death certificate or a photocopy of census records indicating Aboriginal ancestry or obituaries. (In all cases, please indicate your relation to that person)
- A photocopy of your ancestor’s Indian Status card, band number written clearly (also indicate relation).
- Métis land records or script records, etc.
- Some type of historical documentation of your family name which states Aboriginal ties.
- A letter from an Elder in your community stating your acceptance as a Métis or Aboriginal person by that Elder and the community.
- In cases of adoption, please give reasons why you feel you have Aboriginal ancestry.
Is there a waitlist?
Yes. Due to licensing regulations, we are only licensed for a certain number of children. We wish we could accommodate all families who apply but we cannot. Therefore many families get put on our wait list.
Is the waitlist “first come, first served”?
No. We have selection criteria that we use to help us determine the needs of families on the waitlist. We do our best to fill spots based on those needs.
How do I register my child?
Please contact Wendy Dehler, our Family Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Do you provide transportation?
We do not. Families are responsible for getting their child to and from Makonsag.
How much does it cost?
Aboriginal Head Start is fully subsidized by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Can parents attend Head Start with their child?
Yes, we absolutely encourage parents to become involved at Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start -not only to take a role in their children’s education but to act as a resource. Parental involvement is one of the main components of our program and we ask that parents volunteer throughout the school year. Criminal reference checks (vulnerable sector) is mandatory for all parents or volunteers wishing to visit the classroom.
If my child has special needs, can they attend Makonsag?
Makonsag believes in and supports the inclusion of all children. We do our best to accommodate all families but due to limited staff and resources – some circumstances may be out of our capacity.
Does my child have to go to Kindergarten?
In Ontario, children are required to attend school once they turn six years old. Therefore, some families opt to keep their children at Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start until that time. Makonsag children benefit from play-based learning and small group instruction, but in an environment enriched with Aboriginal Culture.