Child Care Services

Child care is an important component on which the Early Childhood Sector is currently working. A quality child care service can promote harmonious development of children. This fact is well known by child care workers and various levels of government, and inspires many initiatives within First Nations communities seeking to acquire improved services.

First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiatives

The First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI) is a Canada-wide initiative that aims to improve the provision of child care services in Aboriginal communities. The objective is to attain levels that are similar to what is found in the rest of the country.

In practical terms, the FNICCI provides quality child care services to parents who are entering the labour market or attending a training program.  

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) distributes FNICCI funds to participating communities throughout its territory.

Funding Requests

Communities that wish to receive funding through the FNICCI must submit their request to the FNQLHSSC.

The person mandated by the community’s Band Council must complete the Funding Request – Child Care Services form. This form is to be completed every year and must include a resolution from the Band Council.

Child Care Services Activities Report

Communities which have received funding through the FNICCI shall produce an annual activities report on their child care services. The activities report is completed on-line using the secured website. The deadline is June 30th.

Quebec’s Child Care Services Educational Program

The ministère de la Famille et des Aînés (MFA), which is in charge of child care services in Quebec, offers an educational program entitled Accueillir la petite enfance.

This program has been implemented in early childhood centres and uses play to promote the overall development of children and prepare them for their next developmental stages.

Agreement with the Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés (MFA)

The FNQLHSSC is currently finalizing a transfer of authority agreement with the MFA which will allow it to better support the development and improvement of child care services in non-agreement communities. This transfer of authority will be achieved in a manner that is respective of the communities, as requested by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL).

FNQLHSSC Publications