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Program Description

Pre-Kindergarten builds children's strengths and skills in a playful, language-rich environment. Children must meet provincial criteria to be eligible.


  • Build social skills and confidence in a playful and welcoming environment
  • Develop speech, language and motor skills through exploration and guided activities
  • Learn to share, problem solve and express themselves
  • Discover new experiences, friends and a love of learning


  • Improved ability to socialize and play with others
  • Opportunities to share and celebrate the diversity of each other
  • Family activities to help support their child’s learning before Kindergarten


  • Half-day classes
  • 10 to 12 children per class
  • Playful and engaging learning environment
  • Flexible instruction based on children’s needs and interests
  • Families and children have direct access to multidisciplinary support


Pre-Kindergarten is for children with severe developmental delays who are between the ages of 2 years and 8 months and 4 years and 8 months old by September 1 of the year they are attending, as per Alberta Education criteria. 

Pre-Kindergarten may be available to children for one or two years of programming, depending on children’s needs and eligibility.


To register for Pre-Kindergarten, your child will need to meet program eligibility requirements based on an assessment or diagnosis from a healthcare provider.

If your child has a report (dated after March 1) from Alberta Health Services or another healthcare provider, or is scheduled to receive an assessment after March 1, please contact a school offering Pre-Kindergarten.


All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Children enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.


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