Thank-you so much to all of the families, volunteers and Elders that attended the Information Session earlier this month. We had over 100 attendees, and everyone has been so patient with us during this extra busy time as we start into Summer Camp season.
Where We're At As we mentioned at the Session, some location variables were out of our hands, and we explained that this could result in changes to our timeline. Our aim was to let our community know about any changes as soon as possible, and before the end of June.
It turns out that some of the conditions laid out in the final lease agreement were non-negotiable, and we were left with a tough decision. We could move ahead, take on the lease conditions that we knew might negatively impact the quality of the Forest Preschool program, and get started for the Fall. Alternatively, we could pause and reflect on the intention of the program, and make a change to our timeline.
These non-negotiable terms were not the right fit for the program we’ve envisioned. With the support of our Advisory Council, we connected with the vision for the program, and made the difficult decision to decline the lease.
The decision to pause and reflect amidst the rush of support and ideas and offerings has been a difficult one to make. However, we wholeheartedly feel that this is the best decision at this time. Honestly, we just aren't willing to compromise the quality of our programs and the integrity of our relationships with families and community members. Thank-you for all of your support, trust and confidence.
What This Means for Families Our timeline has changed, and we will not be offering full- or part-time options this Fall. Please make alternate arrangements for your children as we continue to work on offering you high-quality programs for your family. We are continuing to explore options for a location, and we're open to community input, feedback and ideas as we continue our work.
Moving Forward We will be working away on upcoming program offerings for young ones and families, and we will send out updates as they develop! Stay in touch through email and Facebook, and we will keep you in the loop as we move forward.
Yes, we welcome and encourage First Nations families to apply, as well as children from all backgrounds!
Yes, we will be building a Elder in the Classroom program in the preschool.
Yes, while financial assistance is limited, there will be a Bursary Fund (more information below).
Yes, there will be a focus on intergenerational learning and parent/family volunteering.
No, there will not be a meal program, and children will be expected to arrive with their own food.
Yes, we intend to spend as much time exploring and playing outdoors as possible!
Yes, children will gain skills in a range of interpersonal, development and educational areas (see below).
This information will be updated as more details become available.
Strong Roots Bursary Fund Information
With the aim of keeping all of our programs as accessible as possible, Rivers to Ridges has created the Strong Roots Bursary Fund available for families in need. It is with the support of many that we are able to have and keep this funding available. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee funding for all applicants.
Bursaries are limited and reserved for those most in need. Decisions are made by Rivers to Ridges staff and Council members. If you feel your child would benefit from and contribute to the program, and attendance would put a financial hardship on your family, please consider applying to our Fund.
Other potential funding options available for attendance at the Forest Preschool:
Child Care Subsidy Program assists families who need child care for their children and may not be able to afford the cost of child care.
Child Care Services Unit: 867.667.3492 Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3492 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan's Principle ensures all First Nations children can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. It can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.