Care to Learn Preschool

Care to Learn Preschool

Care to Learn Preschool is a provincially-licensed organization located in nine schools in Northern Lights Public Schools.

We are a developmental preschool, providing learning, growth and play opportunities for pre-Kindergarten aged children through music, arts and crafts, games, physical activity, early math and literacy centres, and more.

Our preschool program is designed to support families in their efforts to provide their preschool-aged child with the following essential skills:

  • independence;
  • decision-making;
  • imagination and creativity;
  • sense of community;
  • communication;
  • learning through exploration;
  • problem-solving;
  • feelings of value and self-worth;
  • and relating to others.

We offer many options for parents to choose from.

Our Three-Hour Program is available in the mornings and afternoons and there are options to attend either two or three classes per week. Not all options are available at every location due to enrollment numbers and staff availability.

The Three-Hour Program is available at Ardmore SchoolCold Lake Elementary SchoolDuclos SchoolEcole Plamondon SchoolGlendon SchoolIron River School, North Star Elementary SchoolVera M. Welsh Elementary School and Wandering River School.

We also offer a Full-Day option at Duclos School in Bonnyville and Ecole Plamondon School where children can attend preschool five days a week.

More information on program availability and fees is available in the Fee Schedules section below. 

Please note our preschool programs (with the exception of the full-day program at Duclos School), follow the Northern Lights Public Schools calendar and there are no preschool classes on no school days.

2022-2023 Preschool Registration

Parents of our existing Care to Learn Preschool students will receive an email with information about pre-registration. A form will be assigned to them in School Engage for them to complete. Please follow the instructions for Existing Preschool Students below.

Registration for new students for the 2022-2023 school year will open on April 1, 2022. Please follow the instructions for New Preschool Students below.

Ages & Stages Questionnaires

Care to Learn Preschool uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) as a developmental screening tool. We ask each parent to fill out an Ages and Stages Questionnaire and an Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire for each child enrolled in our preschool program.

The first five years of life are very important because this time sets the stage for success in school and later adulthood. This is optimal time for your child to learn through play and experiences. It is important to ensure that each child’s development is proceeding without problems during this period.

The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) covers the following areas:

  • Communication: looks at the child’s language skills, both what he/she understands and what he/she can say.
  • Gross motor: looks at large muscle movement and co-ordination.
  • Fine motor: looks at hand and finger movement and co-ordination.
  • Problem-solving: looks at how the child plays with toys and the child’s problem-solving skills.
  • Personal social: looks at the child’s self-help skills and interactions with others.
  • Overall section addresses general parental concerns.

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ-SE) complements the ASQ by providing information specifically addressing the social and emotional behaviour of children.

Copies of the questionnaires are available at each of our preschool locations. If you would like to complete the questionnaire please select the questionnaires that are closest to the age of your child and give them to your child's preschool instructor for scoring and review.


Open House Dates and Information

Our elementary schools will host Open House events on Friday, May 13 to provide families with an opportunity to visit our schools, get more information and ask questions about our Little Lights, Care to Learn Preschool, and Kindergarten programs.

Here is what is happening at each location (information will be added as details are confirmed for each school):

School Time Details

Ardmore School
K-8, Preschool

May 13 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore our classrooms, meet the teachers and learn about our school.

Cold Lake Elementary
#803 - 16 Avenue
Cold Lake North
K-3, Preschool

May 12 - 6-7 p.m.

May 13 - 9-11 .m. and 12-2 p.m.

May 12 - Parent night with Q&A

May 13 - meet teachers, tour classrooms and learn about our programs

Duclos School 
4801 - 52 Avenue
K-4, Full-Day and Half-Day Preschool

May 12 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

May 13 - 10-11 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.

May 12 - Kindergarten Cafe

May 13 - Explore our early learning programs, meet the teachers and tour the classrooms and school!

Ecole Plamondon School
K-12, Russian Language Program, Full-Day and Half-Day Preschool

May 13 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 - 3 p.m. Come out to meet our teachers, see your classroom and have the chance to show off your talent at our learning stations.

Glendon School
K-12, Preschool

May 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Meet the teachers, see your classroom and ask any questions you may have.

Iron River School
K-8, Preschool

May 13, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. A rural community school with grades from PreK to Grade 8. We would love for you to join our school family.

North Star Elementary 
5520 - 50 Avenue
Cold Lake South
K-5, Preschool

May 12 - 6-7 p.m.

May 13 - 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

May 13 - Booked Screenings 1-3 p.m. (book an appointment online)

May 12 - Parent Information Night

May 13 - children can meet teachers, tour classrooms and learn about our programs

Vera M. Welsh Elementary 
9912 - 103 Street
Lac La Biche
K-3, Preschool

May 12 - 4-7 p.m.

May 13 - 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Meet teachers, play games and learn about our school.

Wandering River School
K-6, Preschool

May 13, call the school at 780-771-3939 to make an appointment Tour the school, meet the staff and complete activities in our classroom!