Focused on Learning: Niwasa’s programs build on the natural curiosity and potential of all children and combine that with qualified staff and a curriculum that emphasizes and promotes learning.
Culturally Inclusive: We offer an Aboriginal curriculum that embraces all cultures.
Highly Qualified Staff: Our staff include qualified Early Childhood Educators as well as fluent language teachers and Aboriginal artists.
Our Mission: To provide early intervention programs and services for the health and well being of Urban Aboriginal (Status & Non-Status Indian, Métis & Inuit) preschool children in the Hamilton Area. To foster the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth of each child, which will contribute to life long learning and transition to elementary school.
Our goal is to provide a holistic approach to Aboriginal children and their families. Our programs are designed to focus on six core components that we believe are essential in the development of happy, healthy children.
- Culture and Language
- Health Promotion
- Parental Involvement
- Social Support
Preschool program is licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Early Learning program is a licensed child care centre and is affiliated with Ontario Early Years.
Partnerships with: Hamilton Best Start, the Aboriginal Health Centre, the Native Women’s Centre, the Ontario Native Women’s Association – Healthy Babies Program and supported by members of the Hamilton Executive Directors’ Aboriginal Coalition.
Funding for Niwasa Head start is provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada(PHAC) as part of the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities Program (AHSUNC).