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KEEP (Kindergarten Expanded Education Program) Highlights

Fort McMurray Public Schools will implement a pilot year of KEEP in 2018-2019. The funded half-day Kindergarten program in all elementary schools will be supplemented by an optional extended program in some schools. This optional program is designed for students residing in the attendance area of these schools: Beacon Hill Public School, Dave McNeilly Public School, Thickwood Heights Public School, Timberlea Public School. and Westview Public School.

  • KEEP is an opportunity for Kindergarten children to expand their learning through an extended day at school. Half-day programming will remain the same as it currently is, following the provincial curriculum. The funded half-day will be supplemented with an optional half-day that allows the student to be at school for a full day.  As half of the day is optional, the time can be used to extend their learning, as well as explore new learning.

  • The optional half-day provides the teacher the opportunity to work with the children to expand on the learning that has already occurred, and to extend learning through a variety of experiences. It is not viewed as childcare, but rather a chance to support and enrich learning through child-initiated free play, structured play, and inquiry-based learning.  

  • The existing Full Day Kindergarten Program at Dr. Clark School will continue as is. The program will continue to be available only for children residing within the designated boundaries of Dr. Clark School.

  • Parents can register their children for Kindergarten at the school or online.  In addition to the registration form, there is an application for KEEP program where you will identify your intent to have your child participate in the optional expanded education program.

  • All Kindergarten programming will continue to have certificated teachers.

  • KEEP will have a maximum charge of $200 per month, and is designed for students residing in the attendance area of the identified schools. Children residing in those areas will be considered first for KEEP, however, there will be a wait list for children from other areas. Parents will be responsible for transporting their child to and from school if it is outside their designated area.

  • Bus transportation remains as it presently is for children residing in the catchment area.  Bus fees apply.

  • A review of the feasibility and benefits of the program will occur in the Spring of 2019.  At that time, decisions about continuing or expanding the program will be made.

  • Kindercare (half-day childcare for the remaining hours of the school day), as well as before and after school care are already in place at Beacon Hill, Christina Gordon, Thickwood Heights, Westview, Ecole Dickinsfield, Fort McMurray Christian School, and Timberlea. Dr. Clark has before and after school care on site. In addition, before and after school care will be offered at Dave McNeilly Public School in the 2018-2019 school year. Additional options are in the works at Walter and Gladys Hill. Greely Road does not currently have any out of school care options. Kindercare is not run by the school, but rather a licensed contractor that is using space within our schools. *To arrange Kindercare, please contact the provider directly.

For more information, please contact:

Rhonda Blanchette

Coordinator of Early Inclusive Education

Fort McMurray Public School District

Telephone: 780-799-7928 

Email: rhonda.blanchette@fmpsd.ab.ca