Mission Statement

Mahmowenchike is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to quality childcare and providing resources to empower families. Working together as a community, we practice and respect traditions to promote the cultural development of a strong generation of children.

Philosophy
The philosophy of Mahmowenchike Family Development Centre is based on the traditional value of “working together” with the parents, elders, and community to promote the growth and development of the young child. Mahmowenchike believes that by involving the family and community members in the child’s life that the circle will be made stronger.

Program Goals
Mahmowenchike Family Development Centre is a place where children are viewed as competent, capable, curious, and rich in potential…

It is a place where

a) children experience the Native Language and gain knowledge of the Anishnawbe culture and people,
b) a positive Native identity is fostered,
c) all children are included; Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal,
d) the health, safety, nutrition, and well-being of children are promoted,
e) positive and responsive interactions among children, families, and staff are supported,
f) the children are encouraged to interact and communicate in a positive way and their ability to self-regulate is supported,
g) children’s exploration, play, and inquiry are fostered,
h) child-initiated and adult-supported experiences are provided,
i) positive learning environments and experiences are planned for and created in which each child’s learning and development is supported,
j) indoor and outdoor play, as well as active play, rest, and quiet time are incorporated into the day with consideration given to the individual needs of the children,
k) the engagement of and ongoing communication with parents about the program and their children is fostered,
l) local community partners, parents, and elders are involved to support the program philosophy, children, families, and staff,
m) family well-being and self-reliance are promoted,
n) all staff are involved in continuous professional learning,
o) the implementation of these program goals is reviewed annually to determine their impact on services and program quality.

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