What is Head Start?

Head Start is a holistic, community-based early intervention program.

The BC First Nations Head Start (BCFNHS) On-Reserve Program is a program funded by First Nations Health Authority to enhance early childhood development, school readiness and overall family health and wellness for First Nations preschool children (birth to six years old) on reserve.

Head Start supports locally-controlled and designed early intervention strategies that provide First Nations children with opportunities to develop a positive sense of themselves, a desire for learning, and successes to build upon.

Head Start recognizes and affirms that culture is a fundamental part of a child's development and encourages each Head Start project to reflect the uniqueness of its First Nations community as it takes into account the emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual needs of its children.

All Head Start programs include six key components:
(1) culture and language, (2) education, (3) health promotion, (4) nutrition, (5) parent and family involvement, and (6) social support.