What we do

At the Foundation, we follow one main philosophy — to help children get ready for life through public education. But what does that really mean? 

Before they even start Kindergarten, children begin learning. Research tells us that 75 per cent of brain growth occurs before age six. When children live in vulnerable circumstances without opportunities for healthy growth, their future success becomes threatened. So what can be done? 

That’s where we come in. 

At Edmonton Public Schools, the unwavering belief that all children should leave the public education system with the competencies needed to prepare them for a lifetime of success guides our work. 

The Foundation was launched February 10, 2010, for two main purposes: to spread the word about the great things happening in the public education system and to support Edmonton Public Schools across Edmonton. We do this by offering opportunities for improved learning through financial, in-kind and human resource contributions. 

So what we really do here is raise friends and funds to support early learning intervention and student success. Research shows children develop the foundation for strong communication skills, literacy, social competence, numeracy, adaptability and physical health as early as age three. 

We know investing in children today means investing in their future, our communities and our society. 

As a two and one-half person operation, we focus all our efforts on supporting Full-Day Kindergarten. We provide support to schools with students considered  Edmonton's most socially vulnerable citizens. 

Learn more about our Foundation staff: Director Tracy Poulin and Fund Development Associate Alva Shewchuk.



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