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 website or contact our Early Learning Principal Shirley Craig at 780.307.0500.

Early Learning website

Busby School
B-PREP (Busby Preschool Readiness Education Program) *New for 2018-19
Teacher Sharon Lyons
P. 780.674.8578 ext. 5897

Dunstable School
DEN (Dunstable Early Nurturing)
Teacher Melissa Beattie
P. 780.674.4401

École Barrhead Elementary School – 5103 – 53 Avenue, Barrhead
PREP (Preschool Readiness Education Program)
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)
Teacher Gloria Victoor
P. 780.307.0513 or 780.307.0505

Eleanor Hall School – Clyde
C-PREP (Clyde Preschool Readiness Education Program)
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)
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.