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Early Learning Registration Opens March 15

Northern Lights Public Schools is excited to welcome next year’s preschool and Kindergarten students to our schools as we prepare for the 2023-2024 school year.

Early learning registration opens March 15 and all of the division’s elementary schools will be hosting in-person open houses for new preschool and Kindergarten students and their families on Thursday, May 4. To find out more about what is planned for your local elementary school, please follow them on Facebook or check their website for information. 

“This is a great opportunity for families to meet our staff, and learn more about our schools and the programs they offer,” said Board Chair Karen Packard. “We are pleased to be able to offer families a variety of options including our Little Lights program, half-day and full-day preschool, and full-day programming for our Kindergarten students."

The Little Lights program is for preschool-aged children (as young as 2 years and 8 months) who need intervention services in key developmental areas such as speech and language, motor skills and self-care, social/emotional, and/or children with a medical diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, or Cerebral Palsy.  Conversations, questionnaires, and assessments can help determine what services children may need and help families access those services. These services can include speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychological services and assessments, in addition to our robust early childhood programming. Families who would like more information are encouraged to fill out the interest form on the Little Lights page on our website or to contact one of our elementary schools.

Care to Learn Preschool is a provincially-licensed preschool program operating in nine NLPS elementary schools. A variety of three-hour programs are offered at the nine locations, as well as full-day preschool programs at Duclos School in Bonnyville, Ecole Plamondon School and Vera M. Welsh Elementary School in Lac La Biche. 

All Northern Lights elementary schools offer a full-day of programming for Kindergarten students five days a week. We enhance the provincially-mandated half-day Kindergarten curriculum with a Kindergarten Extension program based on Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework. The Kindergarten curriculum is taught by a certified teacher and follows Alberta Education’s Program of Studies. The Extension program is provided by our Extension Educational Assistants (EA’s).

How do I register?

NLPS offers online registration in its preschool and kindergarten programs to make the process as convenient as possible for parents and guardians. Full instructions are provided on the Preschool Registration and Kindergarten Registration pages on our website. Our school staff are available to assist with the registration process and answer any questions that parents have.