About AO’s Indigenous-led EarlyON Centre

Anishnabeg Outreach (AO)’s Indigenous-focused EarlyON uses the current ministry framework outlined in Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (Ministry of Education, 2018). Our centre’s programs are focused on meeting the needs of the diverse Indigenous population living in the Region of Waterloo by integrating Indigenous perspectives throughout our curriculum by using culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy (CRRP). We believe inclusion allows families to feel safe in our environment and recognize their children’s ability to thrive. While our EarlyON will be open to all, we will focus on offering Indigenous and culturally specific spirit building programming in addition to traditional EarlyON programming. Offering this will allow a bridge to welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous families to connect as we will have knowledge keepers (Indigenous Elders), storytellers, nature walks, gardens, and art instructors to guide our programming. We currently have a nature room, yoga/dance studio, and pollinator gardens that we will incorporate into our programs. Our centre also offers family fires, bike lending, a library, and many more supports for families.

Our centre is part of a network of Early Childhood and Family Centres across Ontario. The AO Early Years and Family Centre is part of a proposed innovative hub for Indigenous lead and supported programming that serves First People, as well as the general public living in the Waterloo Region.

Our philosophy and programs support Indigenous children and families to see themselves reflected in their social spaces, learning activities and play opportunities. We are inclusive and recognize the diversity within and amongst the Indigenous families who call Waterloo Region home. We use several models to inform our centre’s programs including the “How Does Learning Happen” framework along with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Holistic Lifelong Learning Models emphasizing collaboration with Elders and Knowledge Keepers from the main cultural groups in the area. Our values are tied to the land, family, and community.

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We offer varying programs for families and children. To learn more check out our programs page to find out what programs are currently running and what to look forward to.

EarlyOn Calendar

Check out our monthly calendar to see what programs we are running and on what date and times.


EarlyON Child and Family Centres are a one stop hub of resources and information where you can meet community professionals to get answers to questions about your family’s well-being.