Pre-Kindergarten

Why is Early Childhood Learning important?

Children who take part in Early Childhood Learning often benefit in several ways including improved social skills, less or no need for special education instruction during subsequent school years, better grades, and enhanced attention spans.

Childhood education specialists generally agree that young children learn best when they are not pushed too hard, when they have an opportunity to interact with their peers, and their parents and instructors treat them kindly. That's how our programs are designed!

Children enrolled in Early Childhood Learning programs at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools learn through play-based instruction and educational activities. 

Pre-Kindergarten is a half-day language rich play-based program for children with special learning needs to build a strong foundation for learning success. Catholic Pre-Kindergarten Program Brochure here to view our online Pre-Kindergarten brochure. 

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools also offers Family Oriented Programming to enhance your child's educational experience and to strengthen the relationship between school and home.

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 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?
  • Is the primary language spoken at home something other than English?
  • Does my child appear to have advanced literacy skills?

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

For more information, view our Catholic Pre-Kindergarten Program brochure. 

Pre-Kindergarten Program Information

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. 

About our Pre-Kindergarten Program

  • It draws on the knowledge and expertise of parents and engages them in decision making through meetings and family oriented sessions.
  • It is taught by certified teachers supported by educational assistants, registered speech-language pathologists, and other professionals.
  • It is delivered in a small classroom setting allowing the learning team to address the unique needs of the child.
  • It focuses on learning through play where children interact, explore, and make sense of the world around them.

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 Tuesday - Friday with activities on scheduled Mondays.

Family Oriented Programming sessions are offered and highly encouraged for families to participate on select non-programmed days.

Transportation

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

Your child must be four years of age by December 31 of the upcoming school year.

Assessment and Eligibility

Your child will participate in a specialized assessment to collect information across a variety of learning contexts and to determine your child’s strengths and areas of need. It will provide direction to develop an individualized program plan. You will be contacted to schedule an assessment time. Results will be shared with you within two to three weeks following the assessment. If your child is eligible, the registration process will proceed.

Program Fee

There are no program fees.

Schools offering Pre-Kindergarten

Please note that the programs below are for the 2017-2018 school year. Pre-Kindergarten 2018-2019 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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

RURAL SCHOOLS

École Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2
4520 Ryder’s Ridge Boulevard, Sylvan Lake
403-343-2568

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning Monday - Thursday, scheduled Fridays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Tuesday - Friday, scheduled Mondays

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

  • Morning Monday - Thursday, scheduled Fridays

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

  • Morning or afternoon Monday - Thursday, scheduled Fridays