Aboriginal Head Start Program

Picture110105-97 Ave

Grande Prairie, AB, T8V-0N5

(Downstairs – ring buzzer)

Phone: 780-532-5771

FAX: 780-532-6738


Joleen Bateman (Program Coordinator) 

Velma Sant (Office Support)

Janice Simoneau (Family Support)

Kellie Wald (Classroom Supervisor) 

Kathleen Anderson (Classroom Supervisor)

Brandi Lagace (Classroom Instructor)

Bailey Johns (Classroom Instructor)

Courtney Mitchell (Educational Assistant)

Kobe Sturton (Educational Assistant)

Brooke Supernault (Educational Assistant)

Bernadette Smith (Culinarian)

Cathy Ouellette (Bus Driver)


Head Start Class A

The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre Aboriginal Head Start Program is a Program our focus is on school readiness and culture. The GPFC Aboriginal Head Start program is the first in Alberta to receive accreditation and the first in Canada to receive a daycare license.

We are designed to give children from 3-5 years old the opportunity to develop to their potential by learning through play.

Children will develop the self-confidence needed to overcome difficulties in their social environment; preparing them for successful lives in their families, school and community.

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Thursday 9:00-3:30 pm

We offer 2 classes on Monday/Wednesday and 2 classes on Tuesday/Thursday

Program Components:

  • Education
  • Culture
  • Health Promotions
  • Nutrition
  • Social Support
  • Parent/Family Involvement

Some of the things we offer:

  • Preschool for children aged 3-5 years old
  • Transportation
  • Hot breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack
  • Parenting Classes
  • Elder visits
  • Cultural teachings for families and children
  • Parent Advisory Circle Meetings
  • Developmental assessments
  • Partnerships with Community Health Professionals and the Grande Prairie Public School District


Our families are given many opportunities in our program to network with one another, receive community services and learn about their culture.


The children check out some traditional traps.

The children check out some traditional traps.


Head Start runs like the school year from September to June

One of our lovely staff members will be getting in touch with families before then.