Other Training Opportunities for AHS Programs

Partnerships Project


Partnerships in Positive Approaches to Behavior

This is a training delivered collaboratively by the AHS program, the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC and Partnership Project BC. Workshops usually take place as a two-Day Training (e.g., Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm). Lunch is provided both days. There is NO COST for AHS members to participate.

The training focuses on:
  • Understanding behaviour and the factors that influence its designation as 'challenging'
  • Encouraging participants to look at their own values and beliefs about children's behaviour as well as aspects of the setting that may contribute to challenging behaviour.
  • Introducing Positive Behaviour Support and the teaching pyramid for supporting social competence and preventing challenging behaviour in children.
  • Recognizing the importance of forming a partnership with parents in order to develop an effective positive behavioural support plan.
Who should attend?

Training is for early childhood service providers who provide support to children and families in a variety of community settings, such as:

  • Aboriginal Head Start staff
  • early childhood educators
  • child care providers
  • parents
  • family support workers
  • community centre staff
  • infant development
  • supported child development
  • social workers
  • public health nurses
  • special education assistants
  • teachers
AHS programs that have participated so far:
  • Kermode AHS in Terrace
  • Power of Friendship AHS in Prince George
  • Prince Rupert AHS in Prince Rupert
  • Sas Natsadle AHS in Fort St. John

“The Partnerships Project Training has been a great experience for us. I have learned about the communities that I visited and got great input to how they feel the delivery model for the training should look. Not surprising, it really reflects the individuality of each community. We look forward to having more opportunities to collaborate.” - Tanya Brown Partnerships Project Coordinator 604.218.8092

Seeds of Empathy


Seeds of Empathy is designed for Early Childhood settings to foster social and emotional competence and early literacy skills and attitudes in children 3–5 years old, while providing professional development for their educators. The course teaches a series of themes, each on a three-week cycle. During the first and second weeks of each cycle, Literacy Coaches read and discuss books with small groups of children. In the third week, a Family Guide hosts a Family Visit where a baby (two to four months old at the beginning of the course) and his/her parent(s) visit the children in the AHS centre for half an hour. The Family Guide encourages the children to observe the baby's development, to label the baby's feelings, and to talk about their own feelings and those of others.

“The earlier we help our little ones with recognizing their feeling as well as others is the best way to instill this practice. They will carry this throughout their lifetime. They will learn to stop aggression and develop self-control. Empathy should be practiced in all schools and programs right along with Health, Literacy, and Culture.” - Seeds of Empathy Centre, Campbell River, BC

AHS programs that have participated so far:
  • Prince Rupert AHS in Prince Rupert
  • Future 4 Nations AHS in Mission
  • Little Moccasins Learning Centre AHS in Williams Lake