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The Calgary Board of Education offers a variety of preschool options.  At two school based sites we offer specialized programming for children identified as having severe delays/disabilities.  At one site we offer programming for typically developing preschoolers and at two sites we offer programming with an Indigenous Focus.

Most preschools in Calgary are run by private individuals and organizations; however we do offer some programs for children identified with exceptional needs, and three specialized programs for typically developing preschool children.

For Private Operator Referral Information, please visit our Exceptional and Special Needs page.

​Preschool Programs for Children Identified with Exceptional Needs

  • The Early Development Centre (EDC) preschool program supports preschool children who have been identified with severe delays/disabilities.
  • Jack James Preschool offers programming supports for typically developing preschool children. 
  • Niitsitapi Preschool

Specialized Preschool Programs for Typically Developing Preschool Children

Jack James Preschool

Jack James Preschool offers a mixed three- and four-year-old program for typically developing preschool children two mornings a week. The provincially licensed community preschool charges a minimal fee and is operated as an integral part of Jack James High School’s Child Care class.


  • 3 – 5 year-old children


  • speech pathologists, occupational therapist and behaviour specialists are available
  • large space
  • a high-quality and positive learning environment and
  • low student-to-teacher ratio with two qualified preschool teachers along with 10-16 student (Grade 11 and 12) helpers


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Jack James High School
5105 - 8 Avenue SE

Niitsitapi Learning Centre Preschool

Programming at the Niitsitapi Learning Centre provides early intervention through a holistic, strength-based, early learning environment. Students will build a strong academic foundation in a learning environment that reflects and nurtures their Indigenous identity. Learn more in Indigenous Focus.  


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