Our Mission: Moncton Headstart is a registered Canadian charity that provides evidence based, high quality early family intervention and support services to support high risk children and their families. Headstart Families struggle to meet their most basic needs and require specialized support services. Headstart gives families the opportunities to better their lives through a number of programs and services aimed at developing healthy relationships, improving self-esteem, and developing stronger life skills. Headstart focuses on building school readiness for children so their opportunities are equal to those of their peers.
Founded in 1974 by Claudette and Doug Bradshaw, Moncton Headstart Inc., started as a modest child care program of the Moncton Boys and Girls Club. Offering free day care for a few economically disadvantaged children, the purpose was to prepare children for Grade 1. A year later, a review identified the need to improve the family environment, increase parental involvement, and include younger children in the day care experience. This was the start of the Parents' Program which evolved into a safe, nurturing experience that helped parents develop healthy coping and interpersonal skills, increase self-worth and insight, confront issues of inadequacy, and work towards building more effective nurturing parenting skills.
Today, Moncton Headstart still focuses on early education, positive parenting, child and family literacy, and transitional housing.