What is AHSUNC?
Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC)
Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) is an early intervention preschool program designed for urban and northern (off-reserve) Aboriginal children in Canada. There are 12 programs located throughout British Columbia. AHSUNC receives funding and support from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The primary goals of AHSUNC are to support the early childhood development of Aboriginal children and to instill pride in their Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) heritage. Programs in BC focus primarily on 3 – 5 year olds as licensed preschools.
The AHS program is guided by Principles and Guidelines which were developed by Health Canada and the National Aboriginal Head Start Council in consultation with the Aboriginal community across Canada including parents, Elders and other community members. They serve as the basis for comprehensive AHS standards of service delivery.
Six Components of AHSUNC
The foundation of the AHSUNC programs are the ‘Six Program Components’ which are taken from the Principles and Guidelines. These are:
Culture and Language
Education and School Readiness
Parent and Family Involvement