“Identity building is imperative, because research shows that it is a key mechanism through which it is possible to ensure the vitality of Francophone minority communities and to prepare young children to learn in French in elementary school. », Explains Josée Latulippe, manager of the Center for Social Innovation for Children and Families at the College.
Access to high quality services in French – including early childhood services – as well as the ability and willingness of parents to transmit cultural identity to their children is “essential for the future of the Francophonie in Ontario. », Continues Ms. Latulippe.
Role of cultural facilitator
The project is supported by Research and Innovation Boréal, the college’s applied research center, and a grant of $ 238,560 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
“AFÉSEO designed the program FrancoFUN to make early childhood professionals aware of their role as Francophone cultural facilitators, with the children and families they support, and if necessary to support them in their change of practice, ”explains Executive Director Martine St-Onge.