what is kindergarten?
The Calgary Board of Education's kindergarten program is guided by the
philosophy of the Alberta Education kindergarten program statement. This
program supports the uniqueness, integrity and worth of every child. Alberta
Education funds the kindergarten program.
Kindergarten addresses all dimensions of a child’s development.
It builds upon what children have already learned in their home and community
settings. In kindergarten, children explore and experiment with their
environment and learn how to interact with others. This helps them to
value themselves as capable and competent learners. The program offers
children opportunities to:
- develop skills in language arts, science, mathematics, social studies
and the fine arts
- develop decision-making skills
- enhance personal and social responsibility
- communicate effectively
- demonstrate their knowledge in different ways
Most programs are half-day, offered either in the morning or in the afternoon.
Hours and days of operation vary from school to school. Currently, full-day kindergarten programs are offered in a few communities where data indicates children would most benefit from additional time spent in a kindergarten program. These programs are subject to change each year. For more information about full-day kindergarten programs, please contact Joan Green at email@example.com.
when does my child attend kindergarten?
To register, children must turn five years of age by March 1 during their kindergarten school year. Kindergarten is an optional program
but children must start school if they are six years old as of September
Kindergarten information sessions for parents are usually held at each
school before the end of June.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR kindergarten?
Register your child for kindergarten starting on January 14, 2013 by
visiting your local elementary school. You will need to provide proof
of your child’s name, date of birth, and citizenship. Only the following
documents are accepted:
- birth certificate
- Canadian citizenship certificate
- baptismal certificate
- court order
You will also need to bring information that confirms your address.
More Information on registering your child (including registration forms)
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS NOT A Canadian citizen?
If your child is not a Canadian citizen, you will need to register at the admissions office at Kingsland Centre. The admissions office will register your child into your designated school.
Phone 403-777-7373 to make an appointment. Kingsland Centre is located at 7430 5th Street S.W. Calgary. Click here to see a map.
You will need to provide legal proof of your child’s name, date of birth, and citizenship status in Canada. The following documents are acceptable:
- permanent resident card or confirmation of permanent residence or record of landing
- parent’s valid work permit or study permit and your child's birth certificate
You will also need to bring information that confirms your address.
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVE kINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS?
The following alternative kindergarten programs are offered for 2012-2013:
- Aboriginal | Medicine Wheel kindergarten;
- All Boys Program
- Choosing a Language Program | Chinese, French, German, Spanish
- French Immersion | Banff
Trail School, Chinook
Park School, Hidden
Valley School, Janet Johnstone School, King
George School, Mayland
Heights School, Sam
Livingston School, Sundance
Acres School, Westgate
School, and William
- German Bilingual | Bowcroft
- Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual | Highwood School, Midnapore School
- Montessori | Captain John
Palliser School, Killarney
- Science School | Langevin
- Spanish Bilingual | Canyon
Meadows School, Collingwood
School and Westgate School
- Traditional Learning Centre | Brentwood
Akkerman School, Dr. J.K. Mulloy School, Glamorgan
Roi Daniels School and Thorncliffe
For further information about our alternative kindergarten programs,
please call 403-817-7955.
IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?
Two-way transportation is arranged for kindergarten children who attend the designated school for their community and live within the established transportation service area. Bus maps are available from the school three days before classes
start. Contact your child’s school or transportation services at
403-817-7433 for details.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD'S LEARNING IN kINDERGARTEN?
As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher and
will play an on-going role in your child's education. Volunteer in the
classroom or become 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
To help your child develop basic skills (such as reading and counting) from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development, download the following:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc) Message in a Backpack
WHAT IS MY CHILD'S DESIGNATED SCHOOL?
To find out more about the school assigned to your area, visit school
designation by residential district and/or find a school by address or 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
HOW CAN I ACCESS MORE INFORMATION?
Calgary Board of Education
To get more information about kindergarten programs:
- Phone or visit your local public elementary school
(school phone numbers are listed here)
- Call our Public Information line at 403-817-7955
To learn more about enhanced services to CBE kindergartens please
check out the following link:
Please check out these publications about your child and the CBE kindergarten
Kindergarten | great learning starts here
Since September 2005, the Calgary Board of Education has designated extra funding beyond the 475 hours per year funded by Alberta Education to provide full-day kindergarten programs in designated schools. These schools are identified as having large numbers of children who could benefit most from additional time at school to help them achieve the learning outcomes of Alberta Education’s kindergarten curriculum. Factors used to determine full-day kindergarten schools include an equity factor, which may result in children not having prior experiences that help prepare them for school, and an ESL/ELL factor that indicates a high percentage of children who require additional instructional time to assist in English language acquisition. In these identified schools, parents are advised that participation in the full-day kindergarten program is optional, and they may choose to have their child attend for half of the full day program.
The statistics used to identify the full day kindergarten schools are updated annually and this may result in changes to the list of schools that offer the full day program. As a result, we do not know until spring which schools will offer a full day program and therefore do not publish a list of full day kindergarten schools.
It is also important to know that 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.
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