To ensure the health and safety of the staff and families of our program; the Aboriginal Head Start has closed it's classrooms due to the Covid-19 crisis. We are currently running our program virtually through different platforms. Administration staff are working from home. We are not doing new registrations for the 2020-2021 in May as we normally would, we will wait until closer to September until we know what direction is given and what has come from the pandemic before we move forward. If you have any questions or would like to contact anyone with the Aboriginal Head Start, the best way would be to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Philosophy

Every child has the right to develop his or her full potential as a spiritual, emotional, social, and physical being. Our program thrives to instil a sense of pride and a desire to learn, provide parenting skills, foster emotional and social development, increase confidence, and improve family relationships. The Aboriginal Head Start class room endeavours to be culturally appropriate in curriculum and atmosphere. Studies show that Early Childhood education programs such as Head Start better equip children to learn while fostering good health, child development, and support to parents in their role as caregivers.

The Public Health Agency of Canada provides the primary funding for the Aboriginal Head Start program. Their overall mission is to help the people of Canada maintain and improve their overall health outcomes for all people. The mandate for PHAC focuses on the following six key components: Cultural and Language, Education, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Social Support Programs, and Parental and Family Involvement.

The Aboriginal Head Start Program is designed to give children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old the opportunity to develop to their full potential by learning through play. Children develop the self-confidence needed to overcome difficulties in their social environment; preparing them for successful lives in their families, school and community.

About the Program

The program focuses on several components that are key to a child’s development in this stage of life: education, culture, health promotion, nutrition, social support and parent/family involvement.


Through the Aboriginal Head Start Program, we offer:

  • Preschool for children aged 3-5
  • Transportation
  • Hot breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack
  • Parenting classes
  • Elder visits
  • Cultural teachings for families and children
  • Parent advisory circle meetings
  • Developmental assessments
  • Partnerships with community health professionals and the Grande Prairie Public School District

For More Information:

  • Joleen Bateman - Program Coordinator
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • (780) 532-5771
  • 10105-97 Avenue (downtown location - main floor)
  • Download program brochure