A community project focused on early reading is born in Ekuanitshit

Par Chantal Cleary | avr. 07, 2016

The agreement between the FNQLHSSC and Avenir d’enfants allows the communities to implement wonderful initiatives and activities for children ages 0 to 6 years and their families.   


On March 9, in the community of Ekuanitshit, a new library dedicated to children ages 0 to 6 years was launched. Several families, including approximately thirty children, attended the launch in order to discover the new library. The children also participated in the decoration of the new Croque-livres which is another great way to promote reading that was initiated through the project funded by Avenir d’enfants. Ekuanitshit’s Croque-livres will allow children to trade books with each other.


The library is open once a week on Wednesday nights. Families can check out and borrow books that are appropriate for their little ones. The children of the day care centre and the First Nations Head Start program (early preschool program for children ages 2 years and 3 years) also have access to this library.            


Several other activities were implemented to stimulate early learning among young children in Ekuanitshit. A student in special education has set up a series of activities to promote the development of children ages 2 years and 3 years in different areas of their evolution. Twenty-seven (27) activities will be offered to two year old children and thirty-six (36) will be offered to three year old children. The parents in the community will be visited by a home visitor who will explain and present this stimulation kit to them. The families will be able to keep the kit which includes everything they need to carry out activities with their children, such as reading a book by the light of a flashlight or fine motor activities.     


Storytelling workshops for children will also be organized soon.