Welcome to OCHAP
Incorporated in November 1990, the Ottawa-Carleton Headstart Association for
Preschools (OCHAP) is an organization representing staff, parents and board members
of headstart preschools.
Each center is licensed under the Ministry of Community and Social Services
and the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario. Headstart programs are early enrichment
programs aimed at preparing children for entry into the education system so that
each child can realize his of her full potential. Special Headstart initiatives
focus on early literacy and numeric programs and speech and language services.
OCHAP was established in response to the urgent need for advocacy and networking
among Headstart programs dealing with issues of poverty, family stress, public
housing, multi-culturalism, and other factors affecting student development. OCHAP
provides a structure and forum for the development and delivery of high quality
comprehensive early intervention services for preschool children in the Ottawa
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