Urban Aboriginal Head Start Program

Urban Aboriginal Head Start Program

Montgomery Preschool, Saskatoon – SK

The Urban Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) Preschool Program helps Aboriginal families create a solid foundation for lifelong learning through preschool programming and outreach services. The curriculum is based on First Nations traditions and culture, best practices in early childhood development, and an adapted approach to the Saskatchewan “Play and Exploration” Program Guidebook.

STC’s Head Start “Growing Spirits” preschool program is based on six components:

  1. Culture/Language,
  2. Parental Involvement,
  3. Nutrition,
  4. Health and Safety,
  5. Social Support, and
  6. Education.

The preschool program has a capacity of 24 children (3 and 4-year-olds) and is piloting a full day (9 am – 3 pm) program, Monday to Thursday. Head Start teacher provides the following:

  • Cultural-based and land-based programs – indoors and outdoors in their new house and yard.
  • Access to Speech-Language and Occupational Therapy services.
  • Excursions to Wanuskewin and other locations.
  • Free transportation.
  • Meals and Snacks.

-Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) Home Visitor

The Home visiting and outreach program for families, also based in the six AHS components, has a capacity of 8 – 10 families. The Home Visitor and two Bus Driver/Program Assistants provide the following:

  • Support to access community resources.
  • Parent groups and home outreach.
  • Private Facebook with community information, learning videos, parenting, and child development information.
  • Center-based parent/child days on Fridays.


Shirley Ranger-Moccasin,

Urban Aboriginal Head Start Teacher

Phone: 306-381-8579


Tracey Campeau,

Aboriginal Head Start Home Visitor

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