Early Learning and Childcare Centre
The Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC) takes a community approach to education and child development, emphasizing the learning of Tlingit culture and language through play based activities. Programs are developed in line with Ha Kus Teyea (‘Our Way’), involving Elders, Clan and family members to promote healthy development. The ELCC aims to bring children to a fluent level of Tlingit before joining school, and collaborates with Teslin School, the Workforce Development Department and the Yukon Child Development Centre.
Early Childhood Development
TTC’s Family Caseworker and Prenatal Coordinator work together to support families and promote healthy starts for children. Training sessions, baby products, and many other supports are available as needed. Through the prenatal program, the Health Team works with expectant mothers and maintains involvement with families throughout the baby’s first year or longer. The Health Team can arrange for specialized services in response to family needs, such as child assessments, through a partnership with the Yukon Child Development Centre.
Aboriginal Head Start
The ELCC’s Daycare promotes the early learning of Tlingit language and culture through Head Start programming. Aboriginal Head Start is a comprehensive child development program, provided in part by Health Canada. Head Start believes that the first five years of a child’s life are extremely important as this is the time when a child is growing, learning and developing in many ways.
In Teslin, Head Start provides a holistic education program for children ages 3 to 4, based on traditional Tlingit culture, language and values in an enriched and fun environment that unites parents, families and community. It includes six key elements – parental involvement, culture and language, education, health promotion, nutrition and social support. It runs September through June at the Early Learning and Child Care Centre. Head Start is free of charge and open to the community.
Transition to School
The Health Team works closely with Teslin School and the Workforce Development Department to ensure Teslin Tlingit youth enjoy a smooth transition to the start of their formal education. The Health Team coordinates support services at the school, including community lunches, cultural activities, and Elders visits to ensure continued healthy development and to foster Ha Kus Teyea and Tlingit language learning within the public school system.