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Alternate Name Head Start Program ; OCHAP ; OCR
Former Name Headstart Preschools
Location & Accessibility
Site Location Within W.E. Gowling Public School
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
W.E. Gowling Public School
250 Anna Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7V6
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Intersection Anna Ave and Merivale Rd
Physical Access Unknown
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) Follows the Headstart program for pre-school children guidelines * opportunities to learn, practice and strengthen the skills needed for success in kindergarten * activities to develop interests, strengths and curiosity while having fun learning * development of socio-emotional and self-regulation skills * problem-solving, creativity, pre-reading, fine motor and cognitive skills development 
Activities include: 
* quiet area for reading and other quiet learning activities 
* art area for sensory and creative art  
* housekeeping area for dramatic play 
* table top area for puzzles and small building sets 
* block area to build creatively while developing mathematical concepts 
* discovery area set up to develope curiosity and power of experiementation 
* muscle area for physical development through climbing, balancing, riding bikes, throwing balls, etc 
* sand and water area to develop understanding of volume, displacement, measuing, pouring and as a sensory experience 
* field trips
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm * Program 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Ages: 2.5 year(s) - 4 year(s) 
Children 2.5-4 years old of families that qualify for subsidy through the City of Ottawa
Application Parents may make self-referrals or children may be referred by social service agencies.
Languages English
Fees Service ; Each licensed Headstart program has full or partial subsidies for families who qualify. Parents may apply for a subsidy through the City of Ottawa Childcare Registry and Waitlist. For help applying for a subsidy, please call or stop by a Headstart program in your neighborhood, call 3-1-1 or go to a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. * Fee assistance available for those who meet the criteria ; assistance is provided by the City of Ottawa.
Service Categories Early Literacy Development Programs ; Preschools ; School Readiness Programs ; Speech and Language Pathology ~ Children
Waiting List Yes
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-798-5689
Fax 613-798-4177
Social Media Facebook
Primary Contact Colette Francis
Primary Executive Michelle Crogie, President, Headstart Programs; Email:
Other Details
Established 1990
Funding Fees
Resources Website
Accreditation No * licensed by the Ministry of Education * operates under the Child Care and Early Years Act

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