Preschool

Program Information

Care to Learn Preschool is a provincially-licensed organization located in eight schools in Northern Lights Public Schools.

We are a developmental preschool, providing learning, growth and play opportunities for pre-Kindergarten aged children through music, arts and crafts, games, physical activity, early math and literacy centres, and more.

Our preschool program is designed to support families in their efforts to provide their preschool-aged child with the following essential skills: independence; decision-making; imagination and creativity; sense of community; communication; learning through exploration; problem-solving; feelings of value and self-worth; and relating to others.

A government childcare subsidy is available. Parents are not required to fundraise for the program.

We offer many options for parents to choose from.

Our Three-Hour Program is available in the mornings and afternoons and there are options to attend either two or three classes per week. Not all options are available at every location due to enrollment numbers and staff availability.

The Three-Hour Program is available at Ardmore SchoolCold Lake Elementary SchoolDuclos SchoolGlendon SchoolIron River School, North Star Elementary SchoolVera M. Welsh Elementary School and Wandering River School.

We also offer a Full-Day option at Duclos School in Bonnyville where children can attend preschool five days a week.

More information on program availability and fees for the 2018-2019 school year is available in the Fee Schedules section below.

Please note our preschool programs (with the exception of the full-day program at Duclos School), follow the Northern Lights Public Schools calendar and there are no preschool classes on no school days.

More information about our program is included in our 2018-2019 Parent Handbook.

 

Registration

Ages & Stages Questionnaires

Care to Learn Preschool uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) as a developmental screening tool. We ask each parent to fill out an Ages and Stages Questionnaire and an Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire for each child enrolled in our preschool program.

The first five years of life are very important because this time sets the stage for success in school and later adulthood. This is optimal time for your child to learn through play and experiences. It is important to ensure that each child’s development is proceeding without problems during this period. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) covers the following areas:

  • Communication: looks at the child’s language skills, both what he/she understands and what he/she can say.
  • Gross motor: looks at large muscle movement and co-ordination.
  • Fine motor: looks at hand and finger movement and co-ordination.
  • Problem-solving: looks at how the child plays with toys and the child’s problem-solving skills.
  • Personal social: looks at the child’s self-help skills and interactions with others.
  • Overall section addresses general parental concerns.

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ-SE) complements the ASQ by providing information specifically addressing the social and emotional behaviour of children.

Copies of the questionnaires are available at each of our preschool locations. Please select the questionnaires that are closest to the age your child will be when they start preschool, fill them out and give them to your child's preschool instructor on the first day of school.