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2020-2021 Online Registration will open Mar. 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

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Grande Prairie Public School Division offers three preschool programs to better meet – or to support the needs of our students and their families.

Inclusive Preschool - information for 2020-2021 Inclusive Pre-Kindergarten will be coming soon!

Grande Prairie Public School Division Program Unit Fund (PUF) Pre-Kindergarten for September 2020
Question and Answers – March 13, 2020

Does my child qualify for PUF Pre-Kindergarten program?
To qualify a child must be assessed and diagnosed with a severe disabilities/delays by a qualified professional (pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech-language pathologist) and meet the Alberta Education Special Education Coding Criteria.
• Assessment report(s) must be provided to and approved by the School Division and parents must register their child by September 25, 2020.

How old does my child need to be to start a PUF Pre-Kindergarten program?
Children may qualify if they are more than 2 years 8 months of age and less than 4 years 8 months of age on September 1, 2020.

How many years can my child qualify for PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
A child may qualify for 2 years of PUF Pre-Kindergarten funding if they meet the Special Education Coding Criteria for a severe disability/delay.

Does my child need to toilet independently?
Children who qualify with a severe speech language delay should be toilet trained. For children identified with other severe disabilities/delays, parents are responsible to communicate with the classroom staff about where their child is at in the toileting process.

What schools offer PUF Pre-Kindergarten programs for children?
Programs are currently being reviewed and more information will be shared at a later date.

Is busing offered for children who attend PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
Information on availability of PUF Pre-Kindergarten busing will be provided at a later date.

Is my child eligible if they have a mild/moderate disability/delay?
Children identified with a mild/moderate disability/delay by a qualified professional (pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech-language pathologist) do not qualify for PUF Pre-Kindergarten. PUF Pre-Kindergarten is currently not accepting students with a mild/moderate disability/delay.

Does Grande Prairie Public School Division offer fee-based Pre-Kindergarten Programs for children who do not have learning needs?
French Immersion Preschool and Montessori Preschool are offered. Information can be found on our website. Decisions for ‘Partners In Play’ (PIP) in PUF Pre-Kindergarten programs will be made at a later date. More information will be coming.

Christina Farquharson


Gerry-Lynn McCann

French Immersion Preschool - 2020-2021 Online Registration will open Mar. 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Learn a second language through fun, exploration and discovery.  Our gentle-approach to language acquisition, offered in the school setting of École Montrose is the perfect opportunity for your 3 and 4-year-old to learn and grow.  Staff are fully bilingual and ready to support your child’s development.  Students in this program have access to all school facilities.  Exploratory field trips are part of programming.

Casa dei Bambini (Montessori Preschool) - 2020-2021 Online Registration will open Mar. 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

The Grande Prairie Public School Division is pleased to offer the Montessori Casa dei Bambini (Preschool and Kindergarten) and Elementary Montessori Program (Grades 1 to 5) our Montessori School - Parkside Montessori.

What is Montessori?

Developed by Italian educator, Maria Montessori, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Montessori method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activities on the part of the child. It stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his or her developmental level. The Montessori Method is:

  • Child-directed
  • Individualized
  • Hands-on with tactile materials
  • A process of exploration and discovery
  • Focused on nurturing a natural curiosity and love of learning in a social environment

Dr. Montessori’s observations of children led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate the learning of new skills.

Casa dei Bambini is for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be three years old as of Sept. 1 of the year of enrollment. Children must have self-sufficient toileting skills.