Regional KidsFirst partners with communities throughout the Good Spirit School Division, Christ the Teacher School Division and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, offering a variety of programs that aim to bring parents and their children together.
Regional KidsFirst priorities include:
Healthy Beginnings - Children and families benefit from a strengthened focus on the first three years of life.
- Working towards making it easier for new mothers to find support for their mental health; enhancing supports; a focus on early interventions in the first year of life; and giving vulnerable families continuous support.
Early Learning and Child Care – Children benefit from high quality early learning environments, developmentally appropriate practices and engaging, supportive relationships
- Educating parents about how to choose quality early learning programs for their child; supporting play-based developmentally appropriate approaches; increasing the availability of early learning, including access to Prekindergarten programs for vulnerable children; developing culturally appropriate early learning programs; and enhancing quality across the early learning sector.
- Making it easier for parents to find local child care and early learning programs; establishing child care centres in nine-joint use schools and make them a part of the school community; supporting parent knowledge and choice, including enhancing licensed child care; developing innovative partnerships with schools; and strengthening the child sector.
- Improved access to welcoming opportunities that support young children across all domains, including physical health and wellness, social/emotional, intellectual, language and communication and spiritual development.
- Improved awareness about language and literacy as an important foundation in early childhood
- Improved caregiver awareness of child developmental milestones and care needs
Strong Families, Healthy Children – Families benefit from supports that help them be stable, nurturing and raise healthy children.
- Working with existing family resource centres in the province to support alignment and provision of quality services for families; supporting parent knowledge and skills; supporting family resource centres and supports for all families; supporting children to be healthy and active; and enhancing specialized supports for children and families
Community Planning and Alignment – Children and families benefit from programs and services that are coordinated, integrated and aligned.
- Connecting families with better aligned community based home visiting programs sooner; enhancing public awareness of the importance of the early years; working with Northern communities to develop a new approach; building an integrate early years system; and making informed decisions
- Enhancing public awareness and knowledge of the early years
- Inclusion of diverse cultures
Ongoing KidsFirst programs include:
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For more information contact Chlorisa Erickson at Chlorisa.Erickson@gssd.ca