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News Release: FMPSD Launches KEEP - Kindergarten Expanded Education Program

News Release: FMPSD Launches KEEP - Kindergarten Expanded Education Program

(Fort McMurray, AB - March 22, 2018) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) is pleased to announce the launch of KEEP - Kindergarten Expanded Education Program, which will bring expanded Kindergarten to Westview Public School, Thickwood Heights School, Timberlea Public School, Beacon Hill Public School, and Dave McNeilly Public School.

Fresh on the heels of continuous growth in our Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) and Kindergarten, this is welcome news for parents/guardians across the region. FMPSD currently has over 40% of its population in ECDP through grade three and this percentage speaks to the health of the programs. Our ECDP and Kindergarten registrations are already stronger for the 2018-19 school year than they were at this time last year.  

“There are multiple reasons for this surge in student population in Early Learning programs and Division One. Parents/guardians have multiple choices in our programs including Regular Kindergarten, Reggio Inspired, Montessori, Kinder-Tech, French Immersion, and faith-based programming at the Fort McMurray Christian School and the Fort McMurray Islamic School. They see the emphasis on numeracy, literacy, the fine arts, Apple Schools, The Leader in Me,  STEAM Tech activities, and many other initiatives for young learners. All of these programs have translated into the strong support our schools are receiving,” noted Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD.

KEEP will have a maximum charge of $200 per month. It is designed for students residing in the attendance area of the identified school, and will supplement the existing half-day Kindergarten programs in all elementary schools. A decision regarding Greely Road’s program will be made at the end of April. And, a review of KEEP’s feasibility and benefits will occur in the Spring of 2019.

Kindercare (half-day child care 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, École Dickinsfield, Fort McMurray Christian School, and Timberlea. In addition, before and after school care will be offered at Dave McNeilly Public School in fall 2018.

Dr. Clark’s successful and existing full day Kindergarten program as well as before and after school care onsite will remain in place. Additional options for Kindercare are in the works for Walter and Gladys Hill Public School.

“We are delighted to announce this during Kindergarten open house events, which start today across the city in all elementary schools. The District is very proud of all of its programs from ECDP to Grade 12. Our excellent Early Learning and Division One programs translate into a strong foundation for student success allowing our incredible graduates to be prepared for post-secondary education or the workforce,” commented Shannon Noble, Assistant Superintendent, Inclusive Education, FMPSD.

For further information on Kindergarten and other programs, parents should contact school principals directly.

Additional information can be obtained from:

Rhonda Blanchette, Coordinator of Early Inclusive Education: rhonda.blanchette@fmpsd.ab.ca

Shannon Noble, Assistant Superintendent, Inclusive Education: shannon.noble@fmpsd.ab.ca