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Title: The Impacts of Health and Education for Children and Families Enrolled in Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Communities in Ontario
Authors: Mashford-Pringle, Angela
Advisor: Restoule, Jean-Paul
Olson, Paul
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: early childhood development
Aboriginal people
health
social determinants of health
nutrition
culture
language
urban Aboriginal people
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2008
Abstract: Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) Initiative in Ontario provides an early childhood development program specifically for urban Aboriginal children between 3 and 5 years old. Twenty-nine families from Waabinong Head Start in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, completed two questionnaires given four months apart covering a range of health and education topics. The completed surveys supported a trend toward healthier lifestyle choices, improved education of the children, upward mobility in employment, increases in self-perceived general and mental health of primary and second caregivers, and decreases in smoking, illegal drug use, and alcohol use. Families reported an increased sense of pride in being Aboriginal shown by their children, plus learning of culture and Ojibwe language, which has lead to improvement in all of the child’s skills and abilities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/11153
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