WHAT WE DO

Head Start is a drop-in program for parents and their children ages 0 – 4 years old. We offer playgroups, nutritional support and parenting workshops, which all include transportation and childminding as needed.

OUR MISSION

We recognize that children are our most valuable resource. We provide a program rich in family and community based events that focus on our traditional language and culture, literacy, health, nutrition, social skills and fun!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Head Start staff are aware that parents and guardians are the primary teachers and caregivers of their children. The program educators are here to support and encourage each child’s positive sense of self, and the desire for life long learning. The educators support the parents role in planning, developing and evaluating the Head Start program. Overall, we provide a warm, accepting, and caring environment for both children and their families.

Every child is unique and will be treated with respect and dignity and given recognition and praise for their strengths and abilities. We focus on enhancing self-esteem by helping the children develop self-control and sensitivity toward others. We guide children to understand their own feelings and learn appropriate ways to express them, by teaching problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

CONTACT

HEAD START COORDINATOR
Tabita Marks
(250) 652-1149 ext. 333
tmarks@tsawout.ca

Child Registration
Policy Guidelines

WHAT WE DO

Head Start is a drop-in program for parents and their children ages 0 – 4 years old. We offer playgroups, nutritional support and parenting workshops, which all include transportation and childminding as needed.

OUR MISSION

We recognize that children are our most valuable resource. We provide a program rich in family and community based events that focus on our traditional language and culture, literacy, health, nutrition, social skills and fun!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Head Start staff are aware that parents and guardians are the primary teachers and caregivers of their children. The program educators are here to support and encourage each child’s positive sense of self, and the desire for life long learning. The educators support the parents role in planning, developing and evaluating the Head Start program. Overall, we provide a warm, accepting, and caring environment for both children and their families.

Every child is unique and will be treated with respect and dignity and given recognition and praise for their strengths and abilities. We focus on enhancing self-esteem by helping the children develop self-control and sensitivity toward others. We guide children to understand their own feelings and learn appropriate ways to express them, by teaching problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

OUR PROGRAMS

The Children’s Oral Health Initiative is supported by the Tsawout Health Department and the First Nation’s Health Authority. This is an early childhood tooth decay prevention program for children aged 0-7, their parents and caregivers and pregnant women. COHI services include annual screening, fluoride varnish applications, sealants and temporary fillings.

The Head Start Program also provides transportation to dentist appointments and liaison for dentist appointments. This includes school visits to complete these services and keep them updated on services provided by COHI. We also support non-status children. Visit the First Nations Health Authority for more information regarding this program.

The Good Food Box program brings healthy vegetables and fruit to eligible individuals without cost, once a month. The boxes are available for pick up or delivery every second Wednesday. The deadline for order is the first week of each month.

If you are an expectant mom, you can contact the nurse and be put on our Mother’s Program for a veggie bag delivered every month until baby is 1 years old.

Trinity Time is a program that is run in partnership with the Holy Trinity Church. Together we provide a variety of activities including talking circles, crafts, cooking classes, drumming, music and discussions. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and if you need transportation, the Holy Trinity Church van and Head Start Coordinator, Tabita Marks can be contacted at (250) 652-1149 ext. 333.

In partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, we hold the Sacredness of New Life Ceremony, which celebrates children born throughout the year with a blanketing ceremony.

This takes place at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre every year and transportation is provided if needed.

Drop-in parenting workshops are offered in partnership with NILTU,O Child and Family Services. We discuss a variety of topics, create cultural crafts and share meals together. Childminding is provided.

For more information or to register, please contact Michelle Anderson: manderson@niltuo.ca, (250) 544-1400 ext. 222 or Tabita Marks: tmarks@tsawout.ca, (250) 652-1149.

Our Gals Group is for girls aged 11-13 years old and we meet every Wednesday after school between 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. We love the support of our elders and enjoying the company of friends.

Every month is different as we bring in guests to show us new crafts, create music and engage in discussions.

CONTACT

HEAD START COORDINATOR
Tabita Marks
(250) 652-1149 ext. 333
tmarks@tsawout.ca

Child Registration
Policy Guidelines

HOLIDAYS & HOURS

We are open 10 months of the year from September to June, with a two-month summer closure of July and August. We are closed for two weeks over the Christmas holidays and for two weeks over the Easter and Spring Break holidays as well as all statutory holidays.

The Head Start Program will close on snow days if it is unsafe for staff to drive to work. Please listen to the local news on the radio to find out about school district closures and/or school bus cancellations.

HOLIDAYS & HOURS

We are open 10 months of the year from September to June, with a two-month summer closure of July and August. We are closed for two weeks over the Christmas holidays and for two weeks over the Easter and Spring Break holidays as well as all statutory holidays.

The Head Start Program will close on snow days if it is unsafe for staff to drive to work. Please listen to the local news on the radio to find out about school district closures and/or school bus cancellations.