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         Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Child Care, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Early Learning Supports for Families

Learning begins well before a child enters the classroom for the first time. Children’s early years are a time for growth, wonder and discovery when the building blocks for physical well-being, school readiness and social belonging are established.

For more information about the programs listed below, or to report concerns about health, safety, or quality of care in a child care facility, call toll free 1-855-824-9419.

Child Care
Information about licensed and unlicensed child care for families seeking child care, families with children in care, child care providers, and people interested in providing child care.

Prekindergarten
Prekindergarten is available for children 3-4 years of age at many schools across the province and prioritizes children and families who would benefit from additional supports.  Prekindergarten is funded by the provincial government and delivered through school divisions by a certified teacher. 

Preschools
Preschools are not licensed or funded by the provincial government and are typically operated by community organizations or individuals. If your child attends a preschool for more than three hours a day, the preschool is required to meet child care regulations.  Look in your community for information about preschools near you.

Kindergarten
Most elementary schools offer kindergarten programming.  Kindergarten is most often half time (half-days every day or full days every other day).  School divisions are responsible for establishing the age of entry for kindergarten.  Contact your local school division for more information on registration and age of entry.

Early Learning Supports
The Ministry of Education and partner organizations offer a variety of resources and professional development opportunities to enhance the learning program for children. These include Play and Exploration: Early Learning Program Guide documents, as well as workshops, site visits and mentorship initiatives.

Community Programs

KidsFirst
Saskatchewan’s KidsFirst Program is a voluntary referral program that supports families to become the best parents they can be and to have the healthiest children possible.  The program, available in 9 communities, enhances knowledge, focuses on child development and builds on family strengths.
Communities are Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Meadow Lake, Yorkton, Nipawin, the Battlefords, and the North,

Early Childhood Intervention Programs (ECIP)
The Early Childhood Intervention Program supports families with children 5 years of age and under who experience developmental delays.  Children who are involved with ECIPs are not reaching age-appropriate developmental milestones such as walking, talking, eating, manoeuvring, playing or interacting socially with others, or are born with a condition or diagnosis that makes it more difficult for them to develop at rates that are typical for a specific age group.

Child Nutrition and Development Program (CNDP)
The Child Nutrition and Development Program supports local initiatives that address child and family food security needs in Saskatchewan by providing funding to school divisions and community-based organizations.



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