Programs we support
We conduct ongoing research to ensure we offer children the best possible learning opportunities and to show you the benefits of our programs. Right now, we are focused on helping young children build strong foundations for their future.
Research tells us early learning programs focused on curriculum outcomes help children develop both communication and social skills. Not only do these skills help them transition into Kindergarten, but they also increase their chances of having a positive K-12 experience.
Research tells us full-day Kindergarten ensures children receive the instructional and developmental time they need to build the learning-to-learn skills required for success in future grades. Although the Provincial Government funds half-day Kindergarten, Edmonton Public Schools provides additional funding to offer full-day Kindergarten at 20+ of its highest needs schools.
It costs approximately $100,000 to subsidize the other half-day of Kindergarten programming per classroom, per school - each school year. Since our launch in 2010 and through the generosity of Edmonton Public Schools' staff members and the community, we have raised enough funds to support and sustain seven full-day Kindergarten programs. In 2010-11, a full-day program was established at Tipaskan School and, due to increasing enrolment, a second full-day classroom was realized at Tipaskan in 2013-14. In the 2011-12 school year, full-day Kindergarten programs were established at Lauderdale and Mee-Yah-Noh schools. And, we are pleased to announce that during the 2013-14 school year another three more classrooms of children will benefit from full-day Kindergarten at Beacon Heights, Calder and Princeton schools.