Early Entry Program (EEP) - Pre-Kindergarten




'Growing, Learning and Playing Together'
Our Early Learning Program, pre-kindergarten (EEP), is a language rich program that focuses on learning through play where children interact, explore, and make sense of the world around them.  The program is delivered in a small classroom setting, allowing the learning team to address the unique learning needs of the children.  The Early Entry program runs from September to June.  All of our elementary schools offer 3-hour, half-day programs, both morning and afternoon.

EARLY ENTRY REGISTRATION PROCESS

To be eligible for Early Entry (Pre-Kindergarten), your child must be three years, six months old on or before September 1st of the school year. Registration is open at all district elementary schools as well as on line. EEP is an optional program that is not funded by the Province of Alberta. The Catholic Board of Education funds 85% of the cost of the program while user fees cover the remaining 15%. Parental program fees are $500 a yearPrepayment of the first two first months ($100) is required at the time of acceptance into the program. If you would like to register your child for a program you will be asked to provide a government issued proof of your child’s name, date of birth and citizenship such as Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship or Immigration Certificate or Passport.

If your child is born between March 2, 2012 - March 1, 2013 please feel free to register him/her for EEP in 2016-17.

If your child is born between March 2, 2013 - March 1, 2014 please feel free to register him/her for EEP in 2017/18. 

For our online registration form, please click here. 


    EARLY ENTRY TRANSPORTATION

For safety reasons, transportation for our Early Learning Programs is provided by the parents.Transportation services maybe made available for students requiring specialized transportation arrangements. The Deputy Superintendent, Inclusive Education, in consultation with the Principal and the Secretary-Treasurer, will determine the need and type of transportation required for both temporary and long term support for students who have medical conditions. The parent is responsible to inform the school if their child has a medical condition that requires intervention for transportation.


  EARLY YEARS EVALUATION - DA

The EYE -DA is administered to all of our EEP students prior to September 30. Parents will be asked to sign up for a 45 min appointment prior to the first day of classes to bring their child for the EYE DA screen. If you are unable to make an appointment your child's teacher will administer the screen in September during class time.

The EYE DA is an online data entry site that allows scoring and feedback on each child's readiness level for EEP as well as the child's areas of strength and areas of need . Reports are generated at the school and are shared with parents at the November report card meeting.

The EYE-DA assesses four domains closely associated with readiness to learn at school:

  • Awareness of Self and Environment - a child's understanding of the world and his or her ability to make connections with home and community experiences.

  • Cognitive Skills - a child's basic math and pre-reading skills and his or her ability to solve problems.

  • Language and Communication - a child's understanding of spoken language and his or her ability to express thoughts and feelings.

  • Physical Development
    • Fine motor - a child's ability to perform small movements that require hand-eye coordination. 
    • Gross motor - a child's ability to perform large movements that involve arms, legs, and body.

EYE-DA results are depicted using three color codes:

Green - denoting appropriate development;

Yellow-  experiencing some difficulty; and

Red -  experiencing significant difficulty.

The EYE-DA provides parents, teachers and school administrators with accurate and meaningful information on children’s early developmental skills. 

How do we use the information from the EYE?

As mentioned above, the EYE print out will show us each child's areas of strength as well as areas of need. This information will help guide us in our instruction for the class as a whole as well as an individual.

For children who are having significant difficulty in many areas of the EYE we may look at Program Unit Funding (PUF) as a means to give the child more supports to gain age appropriate skills. For a child to enter the PUF program we will review any previous assessments from Speech Language Pathologist along with Physical and Occupational Therapists along with any other medical reports. FMCSD teachers and personnel will combine these reports along with the results from the Early Years Evaluation (EYE) and classroom observations to decide who we will be applying for Program Unit Funding. This does take time and is not unreasonable to take up until November to finish this process. It is important to us to get to know the whole child and this takes time.


CONTACT EARLY LEARNING Fort McMurray Catholic School Board

For additional information contact any of our elementary schools or call Fort McMurray Catholic School District at 780-799-5799 (5043) or contact our Early Learning Coordinator, Janice Molloy at janice.molloy@fmcsd.ab.ca.


EEP Open House for children who are attending EEP in the 
 2017-2018 School Year 

March 9 and 10, 2017 - St. Martha School

April 6 and 7, 2017 -Sister Mary Phillips School

April 20, 2017 -St.Paul School (French Immersion and English programs available)

April 21, 2017 -Father Turcotte School 

April 27, 2017 - St. Anne School

May 4th, 2017 - St. Gabriel School

May 11 and 12, 2017 - St. Kateri School

May 18, 2017 - Father Turcotte School 


A few weeks prior to your child's Open House a school representative, from the school you have registered at, will call you. They will make an appointment time for you and your child to attend the Open House. At this appointment you will meet the classroom teacher, Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and the Principal of the school. Your child will have fun rotating centre to centre for a quick check of their developmental milestones.



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