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Opening Doors for Children & Families


ABC Head Start Society is comprised of inter-related program areas that work together to achieve success in learning and life. The agency has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families and communities in Edmonton for over 30 years. The work we do at ABC Head Start Society moves us toward fulfilling our mission - Opening doors for children and families by building strong foundations in the early years.

As a member of a Head Start team you will work with families, Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, Social Workers, Home Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), Primary Health Care Nurses, pre-Kindergarten Therapists, volunteers and other supports within the school and community. We offer a comprehensive prekindergarten and family support program for vulnerable children and families. Our goal is to prepare children for a successful educational experience in partnership with the family and community. We know that by giving children the best possible early learning and development opportunities in life, we ensure the future well-being and prosperity of our families and communities. 

As a member of the 123 Grow Child Development Centre, you will work with children, families and other supports within the agency and community. The program will use an evidence-based *child care curriculum framework*.This program was developed by early learning and child care educators, early childhood academics, government, and professionals working in related fields. It is designed to foster improved early childhood development outcomes so children can get the best possible start to life.

All employees are required to have a current (within 6 months) Criminal Record Check and Intervention Record Check through Children's Services. We strongly recommend that you start this process before you apply for a job at ABC Head Start Society as it is a condition of employment.


How to Apply

    ​​To apply for the open competitions, please email your résumé and a cover letter to: Human Resources at hr@abcheadstart.org. Please include the position in the Subject Line of the email. Only candidates who are considered for the position will be contacted.

    We would like to thank all applicants for your expressed interest in ABC Head Start Society. Résumés submitted may be used to fill future competitions. We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.


    The Spirit of ABC Head Start


    In May 2016, we launched The Spirit of ABC Head Start, a shared commitment and accountability to the shared values and environment we wanted to create and work in together. To assist us in making this commitment a deliberate part of day to day work and interactions with each other, individual and team/group awards have been established based on the six key areas of the Spirit of ABC Head Start.

    The Spirit of ABC Head Start

    We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the 2017 Award Recipients of the Spirit of ABC Head Start. One award was presented in each of the six areas at the annual Staff Appreciation Event on June 5, 2017. 

    WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY – Laurie Nichol


    WE FOSTER STRONG RELATIONSHIPS – Maria Elena Carballo-Pineda





    Ann Babb Outstanding Service Award


    Ann Babb is a caring and compassionate woman who has a passion for education.  She is a committed and hard working woman who has given 30 years of her life to empower children and families to succeed in the face of adverse conditions.  She is a leader and a support for her friends, colleagues and co-workers and is committed to the work that she does.  Ann has dedicated her career to supporting ABC Head Start’s success in the Edmonton-area through many adversities and challenges.  She is an advocate and a champion in the area of early learning and care and her efforts have not gone unnoticed. 

    This award is in recognition of the work that Ann Babb has contributed to ABC Head Start, the staff and the families.  Her tireless work effort and her immense compassion always make those around her feel welcome and empowered. 

    Recipients will receive a bursary of $1000 to apply to continuing education (includes Professional Development that is directly related to the recipients current position).  They will also receive a commemorative award.  

    We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Award Recipients of the Ann Babb Outstanding Service Award.

    2016 - Shannon L. Keats

    2017 - Leidia Siffledeen

    2018 - Jennifer Robson

    Every dollar matters. By supporting ABC Head Start you will give children the skills they need to be successful in their educational journey and support families to transition out of poverty, become healthy and self-reliant. Donate to ABC Head Start today and start making a difference in the lives of children, families and our communities.