The mission of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Early Learning and Child Care Program (ELCC) is to improve access to culturally grounded early learning opportunities for Métis individuals, families, and the Métis community as a whole. We do this by promoting and fostering community development and providing the care and support necessary to meet the fundamental needs of MNO citizens. On March 6, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario the MNO took a historic step forward in improving the lives of Métis families and children. On this date the MNO signed the historic Canada-Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Accord. This Accord, which was co-developed with the Federal Government, invests more than $45 million over the next 10 years in early learning and child care services through the MNO.

The signing of this Accord and the funding commitment along with it has enabled the MNO to design and deliver early learning and child care services and programs for Ontario Métis children and families. It has also provided the MNO with the right and the ability to determine its own early learning and child care priorities and develop new and culturally relevant programs and services for Métis families and children. From the Accord, the MNO has developed the ELCC Program. The MNO will continue to work to provide greater access to ELCC services for Métis communities and families and provide opportunities for Métis children to thrive and grow within their culture.

This includes:

  • Greater access to ELCC services for Métis communities and families available through the MNO
  • Access to Métis-specific Early Learning and Child Care programming
    Create safe spaces for Métis children and families within the current early year’s landscape
  • Provide opportunities for Métis children to learn off the land and grow within their culture

For more information please contact ELCCsupport@metisnation.org

Branch Contacts

Need to contact the MNO’s Early Learning and Child Care Branch? Not sure who to talk to? Click here for more information.

Tiny Tribune Newsletter

To read our virtual Early Learning Newsletter the Tiny Tribune, click here!

Early Learning Book Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the Early Learning Book Program in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL).

Child Care Subsidy Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the MNO Child Care Subsidy Program to help Métis families access safe high quality child care and cover child care costs.

Extra-Curricular Reimbursement Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Early Learning and Child Care Program is pleased to offer the Extra-Curricular Reimbursement Program to support Métis families with young children.

Child Care Stipend Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the Child Care Stipend Program which provides a monthly stipend for families with children 0-12 who cannot obtain formal child care and need to make alternative arrangements.

ELCC Developmental Resource Consultant Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the ELCC Developmental Resource Consultant Program to support Métis children ages one to eight by providing advocacy and navigation services.

ELCC Special Projects

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer a variety of camps, programs, social events, bundles, and kits to help Métis families and children get ahead and celebrate their identity. For the latest ELCC programming click here.

Home Child Care Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario is pleased to offer the Home Child Care Program to support Métis Citizens in becoming Licensed Home Child Care Providers

Registered Early Childhood Educator Support Program

Through this program, RECE’s will have the ability to have their Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) membership fees reimbursed.

ELCC Métis-Specific Resources

Our team of Advisors have developed products that can be easily shared with children to share the rich heritage of the Métis people of Ontario.

ECE and Community Council Resources

Our team of Advisors are here to provide support for RECE’s, child care sector partners, as well as MNO Community Councils with implementing our resources in your learning setting.

Educators’ Community of Practice

Our Community of Practice App will be launched in August of 2024 and will be a central point for learning about resources for educators, upcoming webinars and workshops, and more.