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.

Important Dates

March 8, 2021 Pre-Registration for 2021-2022 opens for our current Care to Learn Preschool students.
March 22, 2021 Registration opens for new students for the 2021-2022 school year.
June 21, 2021 Registrations submitted after this date may not be processed until after summer break
August 19, 2021 Schools re-open - Registrations received over the summer break are processed
September 1, 2021 First day of school for Duclos Full Day program
September 13, 2021 First day of half-day preschool program and full-day program at Ecole Plamondon


2021-2022 Preschool Registration

Pre-registration for our existing Care to Learn Preschool students is now open. Parents should have received an email informing them that a form has been assigned to them in School Engage. Please follow the instructions for Existing Preschool Students below.

We will open registration for new students for the 2021-2022 school year on March 22, 2021. 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.