Aboriginal Head Start Preschool Program

AHS-logoAboriginal Head Start (AHS) is a Health Canada-funded early childhood development program for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and their families. The primary goal of the initiative is to demonstrate that locally controlled and designed early intervention strategies can provide Aboriginal children with a positive sense of themselves, a desire for learning, and opportunities to develop fully as successful young people.

Qwallayuw Head Start Preschool Program provides 2 half-day sessions 4 days a week that prepare young Aboriginal children for their school years by meeting their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical needs. They provide programming in six core areas: education and school readiness; Aboriginal culture and language; parental involvement, health promotion; nutrition; and social support.

Girl-with-pink-topPre-School is about:


  • Our day is planned around fun and learning
  • Our centre is equipped with child size furniture, educational toys/activities
  • Our classes are small so children can make friends their own age


  • Emphasizing cultural heritage
  • Supporting our children's enhancement in the social, intellectual, physical and emotional developmental areas


  • Promote individual potential
  • Understands that children are our future
  • Promote the Virtues project



  • We serve a well-balanced snack
  • We promote physical and dental health
  • We help each child develop self-esteem


  • Fun activities
  • Opportunities to help you understand your child better
  • Cultural activities – CAPC Program
  • Networking/accessing other communities services
  • Access to other service by LFLS



  • Children are 3 to 5 years old
  • Child needs to be fully toilet trained
  • Child must be of Aboriginal ancestry
  • No fee for our Pre-school program, however parents are asked to volunteer as often as they can in adult-based workshops/programs, helping with different functions and fundraising, etc.

The program operates from September to June, for registration please contact Jackie Sinclair at (250) 286-3044.


Address / Contact Info

Laichwiltach Family Life Society
441 4th Ave Campbell River, BCV9W 3W7
Contact name: Jackie Sinclair

Phone Numbers

Phone: (250) 286-3044
Phone: (250) 286-3067
Fax: (250) 286-3483

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (3 year olds)
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM (4 year olds)

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This program was last updated on: 18 Nov 2021.