2014 Top Preschools in Calgary

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Published May 22, 2015

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Top Preschools in Calgary


Are you looking for your child's first preschool?  There are a quite a few options available, depending on what features you are looking for.  Here are some of our favourites, each with their own specialized programs:


Magical Little Thinkers Preschool (MLT)

Magical Little Thinkers Preschool is a private home-based preschool where we do what children do best PLAY and through play, my little thinkers LEARN.

Children at MLT achieve based on hands-on activities, outdoor adventures, loved and nurtured by a RECE and school teacher.

Children are exposed to a Spanish environment and lots of learning experiences in an individualized manner.

A low teacher to student ratio of 1:7 allows children to have more one on one attention.


Sun Valley Kids Child Development Centre

Sun Valley Kids Child Development Centre is located in the Queensland Community of Calgary and the Preschool Room is a major part of the Program.

The Preschool Program accommodates 16 children in total, aged 3 to ­5 years­ old with two professional educators on the premises.

The program is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm.

The day usually starts with all of the children arriving and playing together (mixed-­age group time), while also learning some basic French.

Then comes the hearty breakfast! Parents do not have to bring any food, as meals are a part of the program.


Five Stars Montessori Preschool

Five Stars Montessori Preschool is a 1:6 ratio private home-based Preschool located in Coventry Hills, Calgary NE for children aged 2.9 yrs to 6yrs.  Registration is ongoing. 

Amazing results seen in child's learning, self-esteem and confidence. 

Special features includa a unique outdoor learning program - children's vegetable and flower garden and cherry tree maze; and the Fun with Composers Music program and Insta-Learn Early Literacy Program.



2000 Days Pre-Kindergarten is a hybrid child care school. 
Students are accepted from ages 1-5 and they attend full days. 

Their philosophy is to build the strongest foundation of academics, arts, imagination and socialization that we can in the first 2000 days of life.






Pathway Montessori has been operating since 2005 and also has 2 locations in Langley B.C.  The school's main goal is to create an environment for children in which they are encouraged to explore, create, learn, socialize and celebrate their unique talents. 

Pathway Montessori's mission statement is to inspire a love of learning.   With a fully-equipped Montessori environment and directed by caring, experienced, Montessori teachers, they provide the habits, skills and confidence to inspire a pathway to a love of learning.

The Montessori philosophy prepares a child to learn using all five senses with scientifically-developed materials.  Pathway Montessori is licensed for 3-6 year-olds and has a Kindergarten program that is funded by Alberta Education. 


Kids U

Kids U Calgary is an accredited Full-Day Preschool and ChildCare facility with two locations, with more set to open soon.

Unlike many preschools and child care facilities in Kids U serves as an early learning institute with a focus on child development through its unique brain-based programs.
Kids U has a center specifically for infants that uses state-of-the-art technology to create the most stimulating and developmental environment for children 0-19 months old.

The preschool and kindergarten center employs an equal ratio of Reggio and Montessori teaching methods to ensure children aged 3-5 years get a well-rounded curriculum that is personalized to their individual needs.


BrightPath Kids

BrightPath is an innovative provider of early education. They continuously examine new ways to bring the highest quality of care and development to our children while providing convenience, service and value to our families.

With partnerships in curriculum, nutrition, technology and recreational fitness programming*, BrightPath is committed to providing families with the very best care, programs and child development Canada has to offer.



Mandala Art Centre Preschool Program

In researching the different types of teaching and learning styles, the arts and play, appeared time and time again as the most successful way to create lifelong and engaged learners.

Mandala Art Centre developed an arts based curriculum rooted in the idea that children learn through play and by having the opportunity to experience life first-hand. 

As an arts based preschool experience the children have the opportunity to use visual arts, movement/dance, music and drama as their learning tools on a daily basis.

While the program is held in small groups, the learning process is developed and enhanced based on the strengths and needs of the individual. The program is open to children between the ages of 2 1/2-5 years.



The Think Sun Preschool

The Think Sun Preschool is celebrating 25 joyous years preparing three, four and five year old children for kindergarten. 

Their creative fine arts program is designed to ignite three and four year old minds through our unique cross curriculum activities.

Each session our students experience art, music, intro-French and play in a facility that was designed for our preschool program.

The children keenly participate in our bi-annual concerts including making props and painting the backdrop for the June graduation concert.


Ready, Set, Go! Preschool and Family Program is a play-based preschool program for 3 - 5 year olds, offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.

The program also offers parenting support to families with parenting strategies, community resources, and weekly parenting groups offered at both locations.

Ready, Set, Go! Preschool and Family Program takes advantage of an optimum time in a child's development to encourage and support learning, early literacy, socialization, creativity, physical growth, problem solving skills, and emotional literacy.



Learning by Playing Preschool Inc.

Children learn so efficiently through playing. Their imagination and creativity know no barriers. The opportunities to grow intellectually and emotionally while playing are endless. Children’s physical and social development can be greatly accelerated and  improved through active playing.

Learning by Playing Preschool has been created to facilitate  children’s growth in the above areas. They chose the name Learning by Playing  carefully to reflect their mission to offer children best possible ways to identify, maintain and support their own ways to be happy during their childhood. They believe that every child is unique and that time spent at preschool will greatly benefit the little ones in their future.


Edgemont  Preschool Association

*Update - now relocated, and changed to Highland Park Preschool - in 2015

Edgemont Preschool Association is a non-profit, non-denominational, and parent-operated playschool. The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3 year olds and 4 year olds.

At Edgemont Preschool, the facilitation and enhancement of a child’s growth is achieved in a learn through play program.

The school provides a stimulating environment where children are offered a variety of “choices” that develop physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and creative skills in a caring and loving atmosphere.



Hand in Hand Montessori is in it's 8th year of operations in Calgary.  They are located inside Stampede City Gymnastics Centre at # 122, 2323 32nd Avenue NE.

They have an enriched and prepared Montessori curriculum in a supportive environment. Classes are offered 2, 3 or 5 times a week, for students between the ages of 3 and 6.

Mornings or afternoon sessions of 3 hours each are available, and include gymnastics instruction. They incorporate second languages, yoga, sign language and more.


Foothills Lutheran Christian Preschool

FLC Preschool offers a program for 3 and 4 year-old children where the child is nurtured in a fun, caring, Christian environment utilizing Animated Alphabet and Handwriting without Tears which support emerging social skills, motor skills, creativity and self-esteem. Free speech screening and early intervention services are offered.

Their facilities include gym space and fenced outdoor playground.

FLC Preschool holds SAPTA & LTA memberships.  Our head teacher holds B.Ed. & Early Childhood Supervisor certificates. The preschool is located between the U of C and the Brentwood LRT station.


Early Discoveries Nursery School operates in the NW communities of Kincora, Hawkwood, Sandstone, Thorncliffe and Parkdale.  The school has been active in Calgary for 31 years.

They offer once-a-week programs for 1 and 2 year olds; 2 1/2 hour programs (morning or afternnons) for 3-4 year olds, and a fully government-funded Kindergarten program for 5 year olds called Early Discoveries Childhood Services.

At Early Discoveries, they believe in developing the whole child by developing their social and emotional skills through play, their intellectual development by presenting ABC's and 123's, their motor skills by arts and crafts, and their gross motor skill development by daily physical activities in the gym. 


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Posted by Joso's Play and Learn Centre on Dec 16, 8:15 p.m. | Like | Flag as abuse

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Rosedale Playschool isn't on this list, but it should be. Such amazing teachers in a bright and fun space. It's a learn through play program and takes most of their learning queues from the children themselves. Whether it is nature, dinosaurs, or space, the teachers are always willing to set-up the room to engage what the kids are interested in.

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I can't believe Westbourne Preschool is not part of this list. They have an amazing program! They have the perfect combination of learning through play and structure and their teachers are amazing!

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