Aboriginal Head Start

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Sas Natsadle Aboriginal Head Start is an early intervention program that provides for the needs of the whole child and their family through support services. The program focuses on the involvement of parents, who are the child’s first and most influential teachers.

Early intervention pre-school programs benefit parents and children. Many parents report improved relationships with their children, greater life satisfaction and psychological well being resulting from the supportive social networks that this community based pre-school program offers.


Components of the Sas Natsadle( Little Bear)  Aboriginal Head Start Program

Component 1:  Culture and Language

The Head Start Program provides children with a positive sense of themselves as First Nations Children and build on their knowledge of First Nations Languages and experience of Culture in their community.

Component 2: Education

The Head Start Program support and encourage First Nations Children to enjoy life-long learning, by providing enjoyable opportunities to learn, focusing on holistic early childhood development (Physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social development).

Component 3: Health Promotion

The Head Start Program empower children, and all those involved with Head Start to practice healthy lifestyles, with an emphasis on developing self-care and wellness choices for life.

Component 4: Nutrition

The Head Start Program ensure that children have wholesome food to help them meet their nutritional needs, and provide children and families with information and support to develop healthy eating habits that can be maintained for life.

Component 5: Parent and Family Involvement

The Head Start Program provide support and involve parents as their children’s primary teachers, and provide learning opportunities to empower parents to grow as role models for their children.

Component 6: Social Support

The Head Start Program help families connect with resources and community services that can support and empower them in their roles as parents.


The teaching activities of the Aboriginal Head Start program are based on the following six components:

• Culture and language

• Education and school preparation

• Health

• Nutrition

• Social support

• Parental and family involvement


We offer Aboriginal children ages 3 to 5 and their families the following services free of charge:

• Fully licensed preschool

• Kindergarten preparation

• Culture and language needs

• Nutritious meals

• Family support

• Education and workshops

• Parental participation

• Bus service to and from the program


The mandate of the Sas Natsadle Aboriginal Head Start program is to:

• Foster the spiritual, intellectual and physical growth of the child

• Inspire children to become life long leaders

• Support parents and guardians as the main teachers and care givers of their children

• Ensure parents play a key role in planning, development, operation and evaluation of the program

• Recognize the need for and support extended families in teaching and caring for children

• Ensure that Aboriginal culture is integrated into all components of the program


Preschool Hours (two classes per day):

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 11:30 am, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Kindergarten Readiness Program

This structured program runs for 4 weeks in the month of July 9, 2011 – August 2, 2012, Monday – Thursday, 10am – 2pm. Bus service is provided for families living in the city limits of Fort St. John. We have a totoal of 20 children attend this program.


Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sas Natsadle Aboriginal Head Start

10328 101 Avenue
Fort St. John, BC

T: 250.785.0887 extension 2209
F: 250.785.0876

Email: fsjheadstart@nenas.org

Bus Line: 250.261.9678