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Program Overview

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ABC Head Start is a comprehensive early learning, family support and community connection program for families with young children.

All Head Start programs in Edmonton have four core services:

1. Early Learning programming:

We offer half day and full day preschool programming for children.

Half Day:

  • September to June
  • Tuesday to Friday in the morning OR afternoon
  • 15-18 children in each classroom
  • Bussing may be available to some students

Full Day:

  • September to June
  • Four days/week
  • 15-18 children in each classroom
  • Bussing may be available to some students

In compliance with the Interagency Head Start Standards, all of our classrooms are set-up to provide children with play experiences that will help them learn and grow. We have individual, small, and large group learning activities that support each child's interests and needs.

Our Head Start teaching teams create personalized learning plans for each child, tailored to individual strengths and learning needs.

Home Educating is available for children who would benefit from extra support, and are eligible for Program Unit Funding (PUF) through Alberta Education. This allows us to provide extra services, including weekly in-home visits.

2. Family Support and Involvement:

ABC Head Start creates a place that helps families with parenting and family life. Our Family Engagement team works with families to create meaningful connections, and ensure that families are involved in their child's Head Start journey. We provide orientation, information sessions, parent groups and many other opportunities for parents to connect with one another. For more information see the Parents as Partners page.

3. Family & Community Connections:

Many families are connected to Head Start for only one year. Throughout the year we provide opportunities for families to connect to health, education and community services. Our goals are to help children get ready for Kindergarten and to connect families to services and supports that will continue to help family's meet their needs after they leave Head Start.

ABC Head Start believes that having volunteers from the community makes our program better. Volunteers help us in many ways; most often they are people interested in spending time with children, reading books, playing in the classroom or helping the teachers. Maybe you or a friend would like to volunteer? For more information or to fill out a volunteer application see our Volunteer With Us! page.

4. Multidisciplinary & Community Partnerships:

Depending on the needs of each Head Start location, our teams include: Certified Teachers, Educational Assistants, Social Workers, Behaviour Specialists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and volunteers from the community.

Additionally, ABC Head Start relies on the help of other agencies to help us do the work we do. These partner agencies may work directly in Head Start classrooms or provide support to families outside of Head Start.

We are passionate about advocating for programs, services and social policy that work towards poverty reduction and equal opportunities for all children and families.

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity which has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families, and communities in Edmonton for over 30 years. We know that by giving children the best possible early learning and development opportunities in life, we ensure the future well-being and prosperity of our families and communities.