Aboriginal Headstart Core Program Components

Thunder Bay Aboriginal Head Start provides holistic programming designed for children ages 2-6 years of age. Preschool children are enrolled in the alternating full-day program based on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Head Start program objectives and the Provincial Ministry of Education supporting document “How Does Learning Happen, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014)”.

Classroom activities include a variety of experiences such as creative art, fine/gross motor activities, science, dramatic play, music, language and culturally appropriate experiences. Children participate in a stimulating, culturally appropriate environment where they form good work habits, learn to socialize with others and practice problem solving techniques. The programming is made to help children improve their listening and speaking skills and become more self-confident and independent. Children leave the program with school readiness skills, excited about learning and ready to succeed.

Shkoday – Aboriginal Head Start program is licensed through the Ministry of Education and under the Child Care And Early Years Act, 2014 for a capacity of sixty-two (62) children attending alternate day programming throughout our four classrooms. One classroom is funded by the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board. The other three classrooms and the entire Aboriginal Head Start program is fully funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

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PROGRAM TIME
Toddler Program
(For children 2 to 3 years of age. Children attend this half day program with a parent/caregiver.)
The program is an alternating half day program running from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Preschool Program
(For children 3 to 4 years of age.)
The program is an alternating full-day program, running 8:30am – 3:30pm
Kindergarten Program
(For children 5 to 6 years of age.)
The program is an alternating full day program, running 8:30am – 3:30pm

There are subsidized child-care spaces for Indigenous children aged 31 months – 5 years old. This is offered through the District Social Services Administration Board.

For more information please visit: www.thunderbaychildcare.ca

Aboriginal Headstart Group Photo

Special Events Throughout The Year Included:

  • Orientation Day
  • Fall Feast
  • Winter Feast
  • Christmas Celebration
  • Winter Carnival
  • Easter
  • Celebration
  • Spring Feast
  • Graduation Day celebrations

Children and parents also attended various outings including swimming, picnics, visiting the animals, visiting Santa, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, libraries, and various Pow Wows and educational events.

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