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FAQs

How many children do you have in each classroom?

Our Preschool is an inclusive environment which has approximately nine children per class who are receiving supports and services through PUF (Program Unit Funding) and five 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 8 months before September 1. We will accept non-funded children who have turned 2 years 8 months before September 1 as well, if they are showing age-appropriate skills in the areas of language development and social skills. All children in non-funded spots go through a screening with our Speech-Language Pathologist 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 Monday or the 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.
Morning: 8:45-11:30 a.m.
Afternoon: 12:15-3:00 p.m.

What are your 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. 

Does 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/Vulnerable Sector Check that is done each school year. Forms are provided by 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.
 

Do children need to be potty trained to attend 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 pull ups. 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 division office. Registration generally begins in early February for the next school year.  In September each location will hold an information session for parents.
 
Information on school start up and staggered entry times will be mailed to families prior to the start of classes.


If you have any further questions about St. Albert Public Preschool please contact the Preschool Office at 780.419.6545, or Tracy Columbine, Principal, 780.460.3712.
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