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Program Description

Check back in the spring for more information about Pre-Kindergarten. If you have concerns about your child's development or speech and language skills, please contact Alberta Health Services or your family doctor to book an appointment. 

Pre-Kindergarten builds children's strengths and skills in a playful, language-rich environment. To attend Pre-Kindergarten, children need to meet criteria to be eligible. 


  • Build social skills and confidence in a playful and welcoming environment
  • Develop speech, language and motor skills through exploration and guided activities
  • Learn to share, problem solve and express themselves
  • Discover new experiences, friends and a love of learning


  • Improved ability to socialize and play with others
  • Opportunities to share and celebrate a variety of cultural backgrounds with classmates
  • Family activities to help support their child’s learning before Kindergarten


  • Half-day classes, four days per week
  • 8 to 16 children per class
  • Playful and engaging learning environment
  • Flexible instruction based on children’s needs and interests
  • Families and children have direct access to multidisciplinary support, such as speech and language, physical therapy, occupational therapy and school family liaison services


Pre-Kindergarten is for children aged three and four. To be eligible, children need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English Language Learners (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • First Nations, Metis, Inuit (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • Mild/Moderate developmental delays (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • Severe developmental delays (must be 3 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)

Pre-Kindergarten may be available to children for one, two or three years of programming, depending on children’s needs.


To register for Pre-Kindergaten, you will need to attend a screening session with your child unless they have or are scheduled for an assessment from a healthcare provider. 

For children with assessments or reports

If your child has a report (dated after March 1) from Alberta Health Services or another healthcare provider, or is scheduled to receive an assessment after March 1:

  • Email your child’s assessment and contact information to PreK@epsb.ca.
  • Phone 587-489-4740 and fax your child's assessment to 780-498-8778.

You do not need to attend a screening session if your child has or will have an assessment report.

Screening Sessions

Pre-Kindergarten screenings for the 2019-20 school year are now over. 

During screening sessions, a Speech Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist will use toys, books and fun activities to evaluate your child to help us figure out if your child is eligible for Pre-Kindergarten.


All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Children enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.


For more information about Pre-Kindergarten, contact a school offering Pre-Kindergarten.


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