Early Learning

Get a head start on school with our Early Learning Programs: For 3 to 5 year-olds

We want every child to succeed in school!
Some children need extra help learning the skills they will use in Kindergarten… and over a lifetime of learning. Our Early Learning Program is for 3 to 5 year-old children who have mild, moderate or complex needs. In small, play-based settings these children receive instruction in specific skills.

Our program is designed and developed by a team which includes a teacher coordinator, program assistants, a speech language pathologist, a behavior specialist and an occupational therapist. Our goal is to meet each student’s individual needs.

We will offer this program at six schools in 2018-19. Children without identified needs are welcome if space is available.
Visit our Early Learning website or contact our Early Learning Principal Shirley Craig at 780.307.0500.

Attend an Early Learning Orientation session

Busby School    B-PREP (Busby Preschool Readiness Education Program) *New for 2018-19
May 31 – 9:30 am
Teacher Sharon Lyons
P. 780.674.8578 ext. 5897

Dunstable School  DEN (Dunstable Early Nurturing)
Orientation Date – TBA
Teacher Melissa Beattie
P. 780.674.4401

École Barrhead Elementary School – 5103 – 53 Avenue, Barrhead   PREP (Preschool Readiness Education Program)
May 25 – Attend one of 2 sessions – 9:00 am, 11:00 am
Teacher Keri Messmer
P. 780.674.8518 ext. 6995 or 780.307.0507

École Westlock Elementary School – 10515 – 106A Street, Westlock   SPICE (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional)
May 25 – Attend one of 2 sessions – 9:00 am, 10:30 am
Teacher Gloria Victoor
P. 780.307.0513 or 780.307.0505

Eleanor Hall School – Clyde   C-PREP (Clyde Preschool Readiness Education Program)
May 25 – Attend one of 2 sessions – 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm
Teacher Carmen Meinczinger
P. 780.348.5341 ext.5950 or 780.307.0506

Pembina North Community School – Dapp   READY-C (Readiness, Education And Development for Young Children)
June 18 – Attend one of 2 sessions – 9:30 am, 1:00 pm
Teacher Shirley Craig
P. 780.954.3791 or 780.307.0504


Who is eligible?

Children who will be 3 by September 1.
The program is available on a needs basis.
Please contact the Early Learning teacher in your area to apply.

Is there a fee?

There is no fee for children with identified needs.
There is a fee for typically developing children registered in the program.

Is there busing?

​Parents are responsible for transporting their children.
*Some busing may be available​ under certain circumstances.​
Please discuss with your Early Learning teacher.