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 In the Spring of 2020, our agency was informed by the Government of Alberta that our transportation funding would not be increasing to meet the demands of our growing head start population. As a result, we had to make the decision to reduce the number of yellow buses we could deploy to transport our children to one of our five program locations. We know many of our children benefit from the use of the transportation program provided and this will be a challenge for some families in the 2020-2021 school year.

 In response to these budgetary constraints, we explored options to establish which...

While the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Alberta remains low, it is important to know that there is an increased risk of the spread of COVID-19 within Canada in the coming weeks. Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly with increasing global spread, so it is important that people have up-to-date information on COVID-19 to inform these decisions. You are encouraged to visit www.alberta.ca/COVID19 or www.ahs.ca/covid for guidance around prevention, testing and other useful information.


If you have any questions or health concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your...

As an agency ABC Head Start Society is dedicated to the heath and safety of our staff, families and communities. We are committed to taking all reasonable precautions to protect against risk factors associated with the transmission of COVID-19. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the risk of COVID 19 varies depending on several factors including international travel. Effective immediately all ABC Head Start staff, children or families who travel outside of Canada will be subject to a quarantine period of two weeks until further notice IF THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS. During this quarantine...

City Councillor Bev Esslinger was presented with Aleda Patterson Community Spirit award on November 18, 2019 for her community involvement and advocacy of early learning programs. The award is given annually in honour of the ABC Head Start Society's founder Aleda Patterson, a committed contributor in the Edmonton area and a visionary & advocate who believes in empowering others to reach their full potential. The board recognized Esslinger's ongoing commitment to children in the capital region and specifically cited her role in the Child Friendly Edmonton initiative and Safe City YEG...

The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit is now open in Edmonton!!


We are absolutely THRILLED to announce the location of our 123 Grow Child Development Centre ($25/day child care) at 9900-93 Street, Fort Saskatchewan. 

For more information and how to apply click here!


Click HERE to apply for the upcoming 2020/2021 Program Year!


  • The Head Start Program application has two parts. Both parts of the application must be completed for the application to be processed. If you completed part one and would like to access part two, please click here
  • Copies of Eligibility documents listed in the Head Start Program application form are required to process your application. Please make sure to upload clear, colour copies of documents when submitting the Head Start Registration form or processing time will be delayed.
  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions document also...

Attention ABC Head Start Parents! 
We are always looking for ways to improve & make our program the best and safest it can be for you and your children. So you may have noticed a new addition to your child's school bus - seat belts! This is called integrated seating. Your role as a parent is to make sure your child is safely buckled in and to unbuckle them when they arrive home. Please watch this video to gain some helpful tips and understanding of the seat belt system. If you have any questions please contact your site Social Worker for more information.

ABC Head Start is proud to announce that we have been selected as one of 22 Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres across Alberta.  We are excited to build on our 32 year history of providing pre-Kindergarten and family support services to children and families in Edmonton by expanding our early childhood services to include high quality and affordable child care. 

Please click on the link for more information: News Release - ELCC.pdf

Please check the weather forecasts daily. We want to be sure that the children are dressed for the weather during the spring season. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page as we post regular updates about the activities in our Sites, and the weather and road conditions which do impact bussing.


Every dollar matters. By supporting ABC Head Start you will give children the skills they need to be successful in their educational journey and support families to transition out of poverty, become healthy and self-reliant. Donate to ABC Head Start today and start making a difference in the lives of children, families and our communities.