Grande Prairie Public School Division is announcing their PUF Pre-Kindergarten programs for children who are 3 and/or 4 years of age and who have been identified with a Severe Disability based on Alberta Education Program Unit Fund (PUF) criteria. Pre-Kindergarten Programs may be available to children for one or two years of programming, depending on the child's needs and eligibility.
Programs follow the Grande Prairie Public School Division school year calendar and operate daily for either a morning or afternoon class at either Crystal Park School or Swanavon School.
Our Pre-Kindergarten Programs are child centered, play based and developmentally appropriate, providing a rich early learning environment in which your child learn and grow. Children receive direct teaching from a certificated teacher for some activities and may receive direct therapy through a speech language pathologist. The teacher works collaboratively with a speech language pathologist, as well as educational assistants to design and deliver individual and group programming with a focus on:
- language development,
- communication strategies,
- literacy, numeracy,
- physical activities,
- social skills, and
- self-regulation strategies.
Question and Answers on PUF Pre-Kindergarten
How does my child qualify for a PUF Pre-Kindergarten program?
To qualify a child must be assessed and diagnosed with a severe disability/delay by a qualified professional (pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech language pathologist) and meet the Alberta Education Special Education Coding Criteria.
How do I register my child for Pre-Kindergarten?
Once your child is approved you will receive an email welcoming you and your child to the Grande Prairie Public School Division as a Program Unit Funded Student (PUF). This email will state your child's school, teacher, and class section. Within this email you will find a link to School Engage and instructions on how to register your child.
Please contact the Administrative Assistant of your child's assigned school for any assistance needed with registration.
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 of the calendar year in which the child is being registered.
How many years can my child qualify for PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
A child may qualify for up to 2 years of PUF Pre-Kindergarten funding if they meet the Special Education Coding Criteria as determined by Alberta Education for a severe disability/delay.
Which days do PUF Pre-Kindergarten children attend school?
Children who have qualified for PUF attend Monday through Friday for either a morning or afternoon program.
If my child attended a Grande Prairie Public School Division PUF program last year and has been identified with a mild/moderate delay/disability for the 2020-2021 school year can she/he still attend?
Yes, Grande Prairie Public School Division will accept students who attended one of our PUF programs last year. This is only for the 2020-2021 school year.
Which schools offer PUF Pre-Kindergarten programs for children?
Crystal Park and Swanvon schools will offer Pre-Kindergarten programs for families who live in the City of Grande Prairie.
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.
Is busing offered for children who attend PUF Pre-Kindergarten?
Busing is not offered for Pre-Kindergarten programs.
Does Grande Prairie Public School Division offer Preschool Programs for children who do not have unique learning needs?
Grande Prairie Public School Division offers two fee-based Preschool programs. A French Immersion Preschool at École Montrose and a Montessori Preschool at Parkside. Information can be found on our website.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the PUF Pre-Kindergarten Program?
Please call or email Gerry-Lynn McCann at: