Where is the St. Albert Public Preschool located?
We have five locations:
- St. Albert Public Schools District Office
60 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue
- Wild Rose Elementary School
58 Grenfell Avenue
- Keenooshayo Elementary School
40 Woodlands Road
- McKenney Avenue
107, 80 McKenney Avenue
- Lois E. Hole Elementary School
120 Everitt Drive North
**Please note that all registrations and inquiries happen through the district office location.
How many children do you have in each classroom?
Our preschool is an inclusive preschool environment which has approximately six children who are receiving supports and services through PUF (Program Unit Funding) and eight children in non-funded spots who have age-appropriate development.
How old do children need to be to attend?
Children who are receiving supports and services through PUF must have turned 2 years 6 months before September 1. We will accept non-funded children who have turned 2 years 6 months before September 1 as well, if they are showing age-appropriate development in the areas of language development and social skills. All children in non-funded spots go through a screening with our speech language pathologist and occupational therapist (if needed) to ensure that they have age-appropriate development before beginning preschool.
What days do the children come to school?
All preschool children attend Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. Children receiving supports and services through PUF also attend on Fridays. The preschool follows the St. Albert Public Schools school year calendar.
Please note children do not attend on Mondays or first Wednesday of the month due to staff meeting.
What times do the morning and afternoon programs run each day?
All locations provide morning and afternoon programs.
District Office - morning: 8:50 am-11:35 am afternoon: 12:30 pm-3:15 pm
Wild Rose - morning: 8:45 am-11:30 am afternoon 12:15 pm -3:00 pm
Keenooshayo - morning: 8:45 am-11:30 am afternoon: 12:15 pm-3:00 pm
McKenney - morning: 8:45 am-11:30 am afternoon: 12:15 pm-3:00 pm
Lois E. Hole - morning: 8:45 am-11:30 am afternoon 12:30 pm -3:15 pm
What are your preschool fees?
Children who are in non-funded spots pay a fee of $135 per month. There are no additional fees or fundraising within our preschool. Children receiving supports through PUF do not pay a fee for preschool. Some families are eligible for the "Stay at Home Parent Subsidy" from the Alberta government to help pay for their child's preschool fees. Parents can apply by completing a subsidy form.
Does the preschool provide transportation for children?
We do not provide transportation for children in our program. Families are responsible for arranging transportation for their child. Families who have children receiving PUF supports are eligible for a transportation grant that helps to offset the cost of parent's driving their child to an early intervention program. If you have a child receiving supports and services through PUF and have questions/concerns about transportation please contact the preschool office.
Do you allow for parent helpers in your preschool classrooms?
Yes we do allow for parent volunteers in our classrooms. All volunteers are required to have a criminal record check that is done each school year. Forms are provided by the preschool so that this process is free of charge. There is no obligation to volunteer and parents are asked to arrange for a time through their classroom teacher. We do not have parent volunteers in our classroom in the month of September as the children are settling in and developing relationships with the classroom staff and becoming acquainted with their new classroom.
Does the preschool go on field trips or have any special events?
Our preschool has a music teacher who comes in each week for a session with each classroom. We also go to Fountain Park Pool in the spring for a series of swimming lessons, where all children are supported at a level that is appropriate to them. We also have a field trip or special event each month. We encourage parents to volunteer if they are able; however, it is not an expectation.
Do children need to be potty trained to attend the preschool?
No the children do not need to be potty trained. Parents are responsible to communicate with the classroom staff about where their child is at in the process and to provide diapers or pull ups for throughout the day. We always keep extra on hand just in case.
Do you have an open house for families?
We have an information evening for parents in February at our District Office location. Registration generally begins in early February for the next school term. Once children have started in our program we will hold an information session at each location.
Information on school start up and staggered entry times will be mailed to families in July
If you have any further questions about St. Albert Public Preschool please call
Preschool Administrative Assistant
District Coordinator, Preschool