Early Childhood Education - Families

Early Childhood Information and Resources for Families

A single red dress is hung of the tree branch, never to be worn again.  A group of us gather outside to place our tobacco at the base of the tree, to make our silent offering to Mother Earth.  As the final beat on the drum fades away, the small group of us who have gathered to pay tribute to the missing and murdered indigenous woman begin to make our way back to our classrooms and offices at Miramichi Valley High School.  It feels like such a small offering when considering more than 1000 indigenous women across Canada are missing.

The Red Dress campaign was created by Metis artist Jaime Black, to give a voice to the families who have lost a loved one.  When asked why she chose the color red, Ms. Black explained that “One woman I spoke to, she’s Dakota, and she said red is the only colour that the spirits can see”.(CTV News: Reporter Karolyn Coorsh. Published October 4, 2015.  To watch the full interview, please click on the following link:https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/red-dresses-honour-canada-s-missing-murdered-aboriginal-women-1.2594856 )  More information on Jaime Black’s red dress project for murdered and missing indigenous women can be found on the following site: http://www.redressproject.org/

Why is this important?  This is part of our past and our present. Families still carry hope in their hearts that their wife, mother, daughter, aunt will come home.  Women are still going missing across Canada.

Conversations around topics that make us uncomfortable are often difficult to have.  They challenge us to dig deeper into our own understanding and beliefs, to challenge our fears and to explore beyond our comfort zone.  These are valuable conversations to have with children. 

Within the area of Diversity and Social Responsibility of the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework  For Early Learning and Child Care ~ English, we are reminded that we are to provide children the opportunity to become responsive members of our community.  As educators, we must model the actions and interactions that will encourage kindness, compassion and empathy within our youngest citizens.   

Children’s understanding of feelings and emotions begins far before many of us realize.  Research has suggested that toddlers as young as 12 to 18 months recognize when someone is sad and react.  (https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/behavioral/toddler-empathy/ )

Within their research, they found that the way the children reacted was directly related to how they observed their caregivers reacting.  We are called to lead by example…what will your example be?

Want to continue the conversation within your own classroom about missing and murdered indigenous women?  Missing Nimâmâ by Melanie Florence is available through our resource lending library. 

A single red dress is hung of the tree branch, never to be worn again.  A group of us gather outside to place our tobacco at the base of the tree, to make our silent offering to Mother Earth...

A few photos of our professional learning day Msit Ni’kmaq, All My Relations:A Day of Reconciliation  held on February...

Two successful days of learning about our First Nation neighbors’ history and culture have been experienced by Early Childhood Educators across ASD- N. Saturday, Feb. 9, Max Aitken Academy hosted early childhood educators in the Rexton and Miramichi areas and Saturday, Feb. 16, Eel River Bar’s Aboriginal Heritage Garden hosted educators in the Bathurst, Dalhousie and Campbellton areas. The title of the learning day was Msit Ni’kmaq, All My Relations:A Day of Reconciliation and that is exactly what it was! The ASDN Early Childhood team partnered with First Nation Education team and planned a Day of Reconciliation through learning about First Nation history, culture, storytelling, dance, and song.



For ASD-N, registration will take place at your local school or online from October 9–12 for children who will turn five by December 31, 2019. Once you have completed the online registration visit your local school with proper documentation.

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Posted: June 22, 2018

Educator and Early Learning and Care Home operator Bonnie Letourneau worked with her learners this spring on a composting project that also involved following the life cycles of worms. Follow her project through these photos!

Posted: June 14, 2018

 In-person registration for children entering kindergarten in September 2018 was held in October at community schools.  Kindergarten attendance for the 2018-19 school year is mandatory for children born in 2013.  The only exception applies to children born between September 1st and December 31st of the same year.  These children have the option of starting kindergarten the following year.

 If you have not yet registered your child, you can complete registration online by following the link:



In addition to completing online registration, you will need to visit your neighborhood school between 9:00am and 3:00pm to submit copies of the following:

  •  Birth certificate
  • Medicare card

  • Immunization records

 Also, a consent form will need to be signed by a parent/guardian in order for contact to be made by Family & Childhood North.

 If you would like additional support with completing the online registration form, please use the following link to access a support document:


 For more information, contact your neighbourhood school.  The school your child will be registering as a student is considered your neighbourhood school.  If you would like more information on enrolling a student outside of your residing community or unsure of the schools in your area, please contact ASD-N Office of the Superintendent, (506)778-6075.


Posted: June 14, 2018

Kindergarten Registration 2018-19


ASD-N is excited to welcome you to our district!  We look forward to partnering with you in the education of your child.  It is our hope that kindergarten becomes the next step in a lifelong love of learning

Posted: June 5, 2018

On May 12 we launched our Exploring Literacies project in the North. Educators from across the region came together to talk, sing, read, create through play - working together to raise our literacy capacity in New Brunswick's Early Learning and Care Centres and Homes. We'll be keeping track of...