Services and Training
AHSABC Training and Workshops
Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC can facilitate and deliver a variety of workshops and training sessions with a focus on Early Childhood Programs and staff professional development. Training can be designed and adapted to meet the unique needs of ECD program staff, teams, parent groups, community and organizational leaders. We have expertise and experience in the following training topics.
The LOVIT Way PEP Facilitator Training
The LOVIT Way PEP Facilitator Training prepares educational community leaders to:
Work with communities across their province or territory to inspire use of the LOVIT Way Program Evaluation Process (PEP).
Be the Regional PEP Representative for contact and promotion.
Lead PEP to demonstrate how the process is implemented.
Train Program Mentors to lead their own programs in ongoing use of the PEP for self-evaluation, planning and reporting.
Maintain communications with each program to offer support and encourage
“If you want your program to be the best it can be, you gotta LOVIT!”
Foundations of Aboriginal Head Start Training
Using The LOVIT Way process, the Foundations of Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) are explained with reference to the Principles & Guidelines of AHS. This training course is intended to be a refresher for front-line Aboriginal Early Educators and as an orientation for new AHS staff.
1. Recognizing our strengths and gifts that we bring to our programs.
2. Learning about the history of Aboriginal children and families in Canada with
regards to education; history of AHSUNC.
3. Becoming familiar with the AHS Principles and Guidelines: BC Edition.
4. Discussing the AHS Beliefs and Values about Children and how they are
demonstrated in our programs.
5. Understanding the 6 Program Components of AHS: ‘What We Are Doing Well’ and
‘Where Do We Want to Grow?’
6. Planning our daily schedule to enhance the AHS experience for children and
families and become more accountable.
7. Sharing inspiring stories of overcoming challenges and transforming
Foundations of AHS Module Topics
Module 1: Looking Back
History of AHS; Program Context; Beliefs and Values About Children
Module 2: Looking at Ourselves
Program Principles and Guidelines; 6 Program Components
Module 3: Looking Forward
Accountability and Management; Planning a Daily Schedule; Sharing Our Stories
Aboriginal Head Start Leadership Administration and Management (AHS-LAM)
The learning outcome for the AHS-LAM Training Program is that participants will develop and grow in their leadership, and administrative positions in Aboriginal Head Start. The AHS-LAM Training Program has incorporated Aboriginal Head Start principles and guidelines into the core training and experiences.
AHS LAM Module Topics
The following topics are addressed in the AHS-LAM Training Program:
1) Leadership in AHS
2) Administration in AHS
3) Human Resources in AHS
4) Financial Management in AHS
5) Family, Board and Community Relations in AHS
Assessing Quality in Early Childhood Programs
Using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) we visit, observe and report back on program quality and provide recommendations for growth and improvements. When offering recommendations and reflective feedback, attention is paid to program location, community, territories, culture and language of the community and program. Through this process, staff and program leadership learn about the ECERS Assessment Tool and how to utilize the Scales for future program assessment planning and quality reviews.
As an addendum to the ECERS Assessment, AHSABC has been developing a new AHS-focused assessment model that encompasses the cultural and holistic qualities that make AHS programs unique. Based on the 6 Components of Head Start, The LOVIT Way guides Aboriginal Early Learning staff in Learning to Observe, Value, Inspire and Transform their programs.
Conference Planning and Facilitation
Over the past 10 years, AHSABC has planned, organized, and facilitated over 20 provincial training events geared towards the Aboriginal Head Start population of educators, parents and elders. Our ability to design and plan training events that meet the unique group needs and characteristics has received positive results and evaluations from participants.
Each training event is reflective of the traditional territories and honours the customs and protocols where the training is hosted and of the participants attending. Care of participants and attention to their comfort, enjoyment and learning needs and styles are primary to our planning.
AHSABC can be contracted to assist with or lead conference and training events, planning and facilitation.
For more information on this service, contact our office directly to discuss your training needs.
Development of Resources
AHSABC has developed quality resources and training tools that support Aboriginal Early Childhood programs and services. These resources have been developed based on community and program needs and interests. See our Resources page to see examples of our provincial and national resource projects.
AHSABC can be contracted to assist with and or lead the development of resources for Aboriginal Early Childhood programs and people.
For more information about all these learning opportunities, please call or email the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia.
AHSABC has played an ongoing role in Indigenous Early Childhood Care and Education research with partners such as University of BC, Vancouver Island University and University of Victoria. Visit The LOVIT Way website for more information about these projects.
AHS Training Opportunities
The LOVIT Way PEP Poster
The LOVIT Way Program Evaluation Process (PEP)
PEP is an evaluation and planning tool, based on The LOVIT Way process.
PEP is designed to enhance Indigenous Early Childhood program delivery.
PEP inspires excellence in practice, through self-evaluation and program planning.
PEP is both qualitative and quantitative in nature, reflecting the holistic components of AHS programs.
PEP is consistent with the foundational Principles and Guidelines of Aboriginal Head Start programs in Canada.
The LOVIT Way PEP is available as an ONLINE Program Evaluation Tool with accompanying resources – on our NEW membership site: www.thelovitway.ca.