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Building Health - Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan - It Does Take a Northern Village to Raise a Child

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The Development of Regional and Community Driven Plan(s) to Better Respond to the Needs of Families with Young Children in Northwest Saskatchewan. Learn how communities in the Northwest region are …

The Development of Regional and Community Driven Plan(s) to Better Respond to the Needs of Families with Young Children in Northwest Saskatchewan. Learn how communities in the Northwest region are working together at an interagency and community level to better the health and life outcomes of children.

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  • 1. Building Health: Improving Early Childhood Outcomes In Northwest Saskatchewan It Does Take a Northern Village to Raise a Child Michael Quennell Executive Director Community Health Development, Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority www.qualitysummit.ca #QS14
  • 2. TENIKE MUHSEE
  • 3. La Loche, Saskatchewan, 1906
  • 4. 2014
  • 5. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Taking Action: Regional Committee • Regional committee formed and meets monthly • Partnering with KYRHA: Northern Lights School Division, Ile a la Crosse School Divisions, KidsFirst North, Early Childhood Education Program, Aboriginal HeadStart, Northlands College, Social Services
  • 6. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Conception Age Eight Speech & Language Numbers Age Four 6 Peer Social Skills Hearing 3 5 Critical Periods of Brain Development
  • 7. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Current State: Behind from the Start Low social economic status / education, income Poor housing stock / overcrowding High teenage pregnancy rate High rates of addiction Loss of parenting knowledge / skills related to residential schools Children arrive at school with poor language development and skills Lack of political leadership focus on early years Poorest early childhood outcomes in the province Diminished cultural identity / values
  • 8. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Current State: Agency Disconnect Less than 100 families served by early intervention programs Agencies work in isolation of each other Underdeveloped referral practices / lack of agency working relationships Lack of capacity: single staff person agencies or programs Transportation to events a challenge to many families Perception of a lack of public space to congregate, learn together Stigma about early intervention programs
  • 9. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Current State: Hope through Recognition Regional and community-based organization do want to work together Good programming and services are being offered Engagement key: Offer young parents universal, attractive opportunities to get together Parent perspective critical: Build learning opportunities geared to parents: content, timing, pace Community development, parent-driven, inclusive approach recognized as essential to improving early childhood outcomes
  • 10. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Increase Support Zero to Three Help Children with delays earlier Parents identify interests and determine content and timing of learning opportunities. User Friendly Programs Prenatal Birth Age 3 Transportation Agencies co- deliver universal program Encourage Traditional Parenting Practices Build upon Public Health
  • 11. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan First Steps Reduce Isolation Among Parents •Build Relationships Between Parents • Between Parents and Services Engagement through Parent Driven Activities Prenatal Birth Age 3 Play Based Learning OpportunitiesMaternal Health
  • 12. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Taking Action: Process Mapping • Child serving agencies and organizations process mapped • Each agency better aware of what others are doing • Recognition of the opportunity and potential of working together Conception Age Six
  • 13. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan
  • 14. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Future State • Community understands and supports early childhood development – demonstrated, in part, by political leadership and public investment • Children begin school ready to learn • Programs work together to benefit families; more work / less confusion. • Universal (inclusive) child / family-friendly programs exist • Traditional parenting widely practices and valued
  • 15. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Village of Beauval • Beauval Village is one of 12 communities within the Keewatin Yatthé Health Region • Fourth largest in population – about 800 residents • Located 100 kilometres north of Green Lake • Predominately Métis with strong social ties to neighbouring communities and First Nations • Young age structure: nearly 50% of population below age 30
  • 16. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan 5 Rs • Readiness • Relationships • Reciprocity • Respect • Resources
  • 17. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Beauval Work • Working committee struck in February 2014 • 12 community representatives came to initial meeting • Importance of partnership, community development • Strengths, challenges, opportunities in this work • Held community supper to announce program with over 100 residents attending. Surveyed parents about what day and time to hold program, and areas of interest • Met again with parents to further discuss content and approach • Program began in May
  • 18. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Northwest Saskatchewan Beauval Findings • Journey of Communal and Familial ways of doing • Within Circle of Aboriginal Values, Identity and Teachings, including traditional parenting and the use of Elders • At community level significant resources and strength exist when individuals and agencies work together. • While Science supports the work. • Most important part is the Art (way of doing) – how best to support and build relationships with families to better support ECD • Inclusive and parent driven
  • 19. www.qualitysummit.ca #QS14 Questions? Contact Me: Michael Quennell KYRHA, Executive Director Community Health Development michael.quennell@kyrha.sk.ca