We follow one main philosophy – to give children the start they need to succeed and reach their life’s full potential by helping them break free from the learning barriers that could hold them back.
We know that a number of students are arriving in the Kindergarten classroom with critical gaps in their social, emotional, language and academic readiness. These children may not have been exposed to the wide range of experiences necessary to start their educational journey and some may be academically at risk because of backgrounds where they:
- are living in poverty;
- are living with multiple family challenges and barriers; and/or
- have limited English language skills or don't speak any English because they are recent immigrants or refugees.
Presently, Alberta Education provides funds for only a half day of Kindergarten. Recognizing that a full-day of learning for children who need it most is the best way to address future educational challenges, Edmonton Public Schools made a decision to fund 19 full-day Kindergarten programs in its highest needs elementary schools. Since then, due to significant changes in student demographics, the District identified an additional 15 elementary schools residing in socially vulnerable neighbourhoods that would truly benefit from offering full-day Kindergarten programs.
Launched in 2010, our Foundation stepped in to support these efforts.
As a result of the generous community of Edmonton, we have raised enough funds for the District to establish full-day Kindergarten programs at six more elementary schools. It can cost up to $100,000 to subsidize the other half-day of Kindergarten programming per classroom, per school - each school year. We are committed to sustaining these six programs and securing donations to subsidize programs for students attending the nine schools remaining on the waiting list.
- Tipaskan as of the 2010-11 school year;
- Lauderdale and Mee-Yah-Noh as of the 2011-12 school year; and
- Beacon Heights, Calder and Princeton as of the 2013-14 school year.