Northeast & South Shores of Sturgeon Lake

Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation

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We have 3 and 4 year olds registered to have a three day a week program. If you are
interested in the program or would like more information please come to the Head Start
building. 3 and 4 year olds, who are potty trained, are accepted in the program.

We look forward to developing a number of activities for families to be involved such as:
drum making, hockey nets, and sewing Halloween bags in the evenings for all to
participate in.
About The Head Start Program:

The five (5) major components of Head Start are Education, Health, Nutrition, Parent Involvement, and Social Services.

EDUCATION: Head Start's educational program is designed to meet each child's individual needs. It also aims to meet the needs of
the community it serves and the communitiesí cultural characteristics. Every child receives a variety of learning experiences to foster
intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth.

Children participate in a variety of activities that include a scheduled outdoor time for learning and gross motor fun. Children are
involved in a cooking activity on a weekly basis. This occurs during small group time. Children are encouraged to talk about their
feelings, to learn about themselves and others.

They develop confidence and improve skills while interacting with their peers. The curriculum is based on self concept with the
knowledge that a child who feels good and is confident will then succeed, grow and learn.  

HEALTH: At Head Start we emphasize the importance of early identification and treatment of health problems. Through the
cooperative efforts of parents, staff, and health providers, each child receives the following:

Physical Examination - including immunization update and hematocrit or hemoglobin.
Vision Screening
Hearing Screening
Dental Examination
Nutrition Services

In addition, each child is weighed and measured three times during the school year. Mental health services are also available to
children. Referrals for further evaluation and/or treatment of health problems are made as needed, and follow-up services are provided.

NUTRITION: Head Start children are served either breakfast and lunch or lunch and a snack depending on class schedule.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Parents are the most important influence on a child's development and are an essential part of the Head
Start program. Parents may also be involved in decision making, planning and program operations. Parents participate in many
activities throughout the Head Start year. They volunteer in the classroom, and are also involved in social occasions, projects,
meetings and educational classes.

Native parents and grandparents can lend their knowledge and expertise to assist the teaching staff with cultural activities, study
trips, and classroom activities.

SOCIAL SERVICES: The main objectives are to be an advocate and spokesman for Head Start families and to identify the social
service needs of Head Start families while working with other agencies to meet those needs. Our Head Start team works together to
provide these services to families.
Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
Treaty 8

Box 757
Valleyview, Alberta T0H 3N0

Phone: 780-524-3307

Fax: 780-524-2711