Pre-Kindergarten

Why is Early Childhood Learning important?

Kindergarten kids building a puzzle in class

Children who take part in Early Childhood Learning often benefit by gaining independence, self-control, taking initiative and asserting themselves in socially acceptable ways. Children in programming become keen observers who enjoy experimenting to find out what happens when they manipulate materials and interact with other people.

We recognize that child development is rooted in four main areas including social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development. Our programs are designed to foster your child’s knowledge and growth in each of these four areas. Embracing the whole-child is our priority as we journey with you and your child to give them the best start in their life-long learning journey.

Pre-Kindergarten is a half-day, language-rich program that embraces and honours the whole child. Social-emotional and cognitive growth are presented to children in an authentic, inquiry focused manner that allows your child to grow and develop in appropriate ways.

Is Pre-Kindergarten right for my child?

We want your child to have strong foundations for success in life. We know that a child’s development during the early years affects learning behaviour, as well as physical and emotional health in school.

When considering Pre-Kindergarten, reflect on these questions:

  • Does my child have a limited vocabulary? Struggle with expressing thoughts? Have difficulty understanding?
  • Would my child benefit from positive interaction with others?
  • Does my child appear to have advanced academic skills?

If you answered yes to just one of these questions, you should explore our Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Pre-Kindergarten Program Information

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Children of all faiths are welcome to our exciting early learning program offered in a Catholic faith environment!

The language-rich Pre-Kindergarten program helps children develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. It is designed for four-year-old children who would benefit from early learning opportunities prior to entering Kindergarten.

Classroom Schedule

Our Pre-Kindergarten Program runs from September to June. Depending on the school, the three-hour half-day program is offered in the morning or afternoon.

Children attend classes on Monday - Thursday.

School Bus Service

School bus transportation is not offered to Pre-Kindergarten children. Under special circumstances, if feasible, families may be able to use an existing bus route. For more information, contact our Transportation Department.

Applying for Pre-Kindergarten

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Who Can Attend

  • Programming is intended and designed for children who are four years old prior to December 31 of the school year and toilet trained (consideration is given for children identified with special needs).
  • Programming supports provided for children with mild/moderate or severe delays.
  • Fees may apply.
  • To be eligible for two years prior to Kindergarten, your child should be three years of age by September 30 of the current school year and toilet trained (consideration may be provided to children identified with special needs).

Assessment and Eligibility

Your child will participate in a speech-language screen to begin the process of determining eligibility for programming. After completing the online registration form, you will be able to select a time to bring your child for their screening appointment. If your child is eligible, the registration process will proceed. If your child has diagnosed with medical, speech and language, or other concerns, documentation from professionals that the parent/guardian provides will be used to determine eligibility.

Program Fees

There are no program fees if your child is eligible for programming.

Schools offering Pre-Kindergarten

Please note that the programs below are for the 2020-2021 school year. Pre-Kindergarten 2021-2022 programming will depend on enrollment. 

RED DEER SCHOOLS

École Camille J. Lerouge School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9
5530 - 42A Avenue, Red Deer
403-347-7830

  • Mornings, Monday-Thursday programming

Father Henri Voisin School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5
60 Clearview Drive, Red Deer
403-341-4548

  • Mornings or afternoons, Monday-Thursday programming

Holy Family School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5
69 Douglas Avenue, Red Deer
403-341-3777

  • Mornings or afternoons, Monday-Thursday programming

Maryview School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5
3829 - 39 Street, Red Deer
403-347-1455

  • Mornings or afternoons, Monday-Thursday programming

St. Elizabeth Seton School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5
35 Addinell Avenue, Red Deer
403-343-6017 

  • Mornings, Monday-Thursday programming

St. Teresa of Avila School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5
190 Glendale Boulevard, Red Deer
403-346-0505

  • Mornings or afternoons, Monday-Thursday programming

St. Patrick's Community School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9
Year-round schooling
56 Holt Street, Red Deer 
403-343-3238

  • Mornings, Monday-Thursday programming

RURAL SCHOOLS

École Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 4
4520 Ryder’s Ridge Boulevard, Sylvan Lake
403-343-2568

  • Mornings or afternoons, Monday-Thursday programming

Holy Trinity Catholic School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9
6610 - 57 Street, Olds 
403-556-9444

  • Mornings, Monday-Thursday programming

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9
105 Cottonwood Drive, Blackfalds

  • Mornings or afternoons, Monday-Thursday programming

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9
4453 - 51 Avenue, Innisfail
403-227-2123

  • Mornings, Monday-Thursday programming

St. Matthew Catholic School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 
5735 - 58 Street, Rocky Mountain House
403-845-2836

  • Mornings, Monday-Thursday programming

Pre-Kindergarten Program for 3-Year-Olds

We are happy to announce two 3-year-old specific Pre-Kindergarten programs for the 2020-2021 school year. Children who are 3 years old prior to September 1, 2020, and are fully toilet trained are eligible to register for this program.

This program will be offered at Maryview School and at St. Teresa of Avila School in Red Deer. The program will operate in the morning. Registration is open and families will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited spaces are available. If interested in registering, please contact Liz McCulloch at 403-343-1093 ext. 310227.

If your child is eligible for the program, there will be no fee. Limited community placement spaces are available in the three-year-old program and fees for this program run at $200 a month for four mornings a week (Monday-Thursday). The program will operate following the Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Blackfalds year-round calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.