Use our kindergarten calculator to find out when your child can start school:
Kindergarten is an optional program but children must start school if they are six years old as of Sept. 1, 2014. Kindergarten information sessions for parents are usually held at each school before the end of June, so be sure to attend if you can.
What is my child's designated school?
Every child in Calgary has a designated school at the CBE. Click here to find yours or you can enter your address to find your school here. If you have any questions, call 403-817-7955.
Most children are able to attend school in their community. However, if the local school is full, another school in a nearby community is designated to serve children from your area.
Most CBE kindergarten programs are half-day, offered either in the morning or in the afternoon. Hours and days of operation vary from school to school.
How do I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR kindergarten?
You can register your child for kindergarten from Jan. 13, 2014 until September 2014. You must register in person at your local elementary school with proof of your child’s name, date of birth, and citizenship.
Only the following documents are accepted:
Canadian citizenship certificate
You will also need to bring information that confirms your address.
Click here for more information on registering your child (including registration forms)
For further information about our alternative kindergarten programs,
Most CBE schools offer half-day kindergarten programs; however full-day kindergarten programs are offered in a few communities where data shows children would most benefit from additional time spent in a kindergarten program. A ranking system that takes several factors into account is performed yearly to determine which schools will receive full-day kindergarten.
The statistics used to determine full-day kindergarten schools are updated every year. This means that schools that offer full-day kindergarten may change every year.
Where full-day kindergarten is available, parents may choose to have their child attend for half of the full- day program.
Registrations for full-day kindergarten can be accepted only for children living in the school’s designated area.
Contact your designated school for registration information. For more information, please contact Deb Bailey at DABailey@cbe.ab.ca.
Supporting your child
You are your child's first and most important teacher. Parents play an on-going role in their child's education. Consider volunteering in the classroom or becoming a member of the school council. Research shows that if parents are involved in the school, children learn better.
Most importantly, you can support your child at home by talking about the school day and displaying his or her work. “Getting Ready for kindergarten” has some simple ideas on preparing your child for kindergarten. Also provided is a document entitled “Ideas for Parents” which outlines a number of simple, enjoyable activities for you to try at home with your kindergarten-aged child throughout the school year.
What is kindergarten?
In kindergarten, children explore and experiment with their environment and learn how to interact with others. Kindergarten helps children build on the skills they’ve already learned at home and in their communities, as well as addresses all dimensions of children’s development, including:
language arts, science, mathematics, social studies and the fine arts
personal and social responsibility
demonstrating their knowledge in different ways
Calgary Board of Education
To get more information about CBE’s kindergartenprograms:
Phone or visit your local public elementary school
(school phone numbers are listed here)