What We Offer Your Child – Register for Preschool and PreK Today!

IMG_6668The four pillars of Canmore Preschool are –

  1. Fun;
  2. Socialization;
  3. Cognitive and Physical Development;
  4. Community.

Studies have shown that attending preschool has long-term positive effects on our children. Future education, relationships, careers, happiness…however you measure success, preschool provides a step up.

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And yet, our classes often look like playtime! The same studies have shown that the most effective approach to early education is a mix of teacher-directed activities and child-directed exploration. Children learn through play.


As children learn to share and progress from parallel play to cooperative play, they develop their first friendships with peers. Along the way we demonstrate and encourage children to show respect and empathy – for themselves, their peers, their teachers, and visitors to the class – for everyone!


Body Moves class.IMG_2461With daily opportunities for social play, arts and crafts, stories, songs, physical activity either in the gym or outside, and games that teach colours, shapes, letters, numbers, counting, and patterning, we provide all the materials your child needs to thrive, develop new skills, and move up to kindergarten with confidence.

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As a non-profit, parent-run, licensed program, founded in 1972, Canmore Preschool has deep roots in our community. We enjoy having parents in the classroom, and welcome many community visitors each year – firefighters, librarians, Alberta Parks educators, RCMP… We want our classes to reflect the diversity and strength of our community!

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For more program details click here: 2017-2018 PreK and Preschool Schedules and Fees

To register click here: 2017-2018 PreK and Preschool Online Registration

If you prefer a paper form, they are available at our office.

Concert, Bouncy Castle, Facepaint, Bubbles – End of Year Party! – June 23

It’s hard to believe that there’s only one month of school left before the summer break! We have another month of music classes with Sue, visits to the Library, Rainbow Day, Teddy Bear Picnic, and plenty of outdoor time. Then on Friday, June 23rd, please join us from 10am to noon in Lions Park for our End of Year Party. Please arrive at 10, because Ms. Sue will be giving a concert of all of your children’s favorite songs from Preschool, perfect for all of us to sing and dance along with the music.

  • 10:00am-10:30am Concert with Ms. Sue Chick Denton
  • 10:30am-12:00pm Party!
    • Bouncy Castle
    • Facepainting
    • Bubbles
    • Freezies

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather! If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we have a back-up location booked in the Rec Centre by the High School. We will send out an email to all families on the morning before the party if we need to move to the back-up location.

We look forward to seeing you at the party!

Mothers Day Tea Parties – May 9 to 12

We have many little teapots, hear them shout ♥ Tip them over and pour them out!

We will be pouring tea for all preschool moms, May 9 to 12. Please drop off your preschooler at the earlier time listed for them to help set up for the party. Moms, please be on time for the party itself. Kindly make other arrangements for siblings. We hope this will be a special time to share with your preschooler!

  • Carmen 3yo AM – Tues, May 9: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am
  • Carmen PreK PM – Tues, May 9: Drop off at 12:30, party 1-2pm
  • Carmen PreK AM – Wed, May 10: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am
  • Claire 3yo AM – Thurs, May 11: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am
  • Claire 3yo PM – Thurs, May 11: Drop off at 12:30, party 1-2pm
  • Claire PreK AM – Fri, May 12: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am

New Artisans Market Coordinator

We are pleased to have hired Julia Freeman at the new Artisans Market Coordinator. Welcome, Julia! Thank you to all who applied.

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Are you friendly, detail-oriented, organized, and interested in art and quality craft? This year will be the 22nd annual Canmore Christmas Artisans Market and we are seeking a new coordinator to take over the helm and maintain the market’s position as a much-loved community event. This is a very part-time position, except during the third week in November.

2017 Artisans Market position description

Register for 2017-2018 online now – and attend AGM on March 1st!

You may now submit your registration for 2017-2018 by clicking on the orange button above and to the right.

Families who attend our AGM & Registration Night at 7pm, March 1st, at the Holiday Inn (1 Silvertip Trail, Nakiska Room) are placed in classes before those who do not attend. So please remember to come to the meeting! We will keep it short and sweet.

After the AGM, registration is first come first served, if there are still spaces available.

Before we can make class lists in March, we need to have a full board of volunteers for 2017-2018. Here are descriptions of available positions. Board members’ children are guaranteed their class placement, and it fulfills your volunteer hours, so give us a call to join the board!


Seeking Board Members for 2017-2018

All positions filled! Thank you!


All the following positions will need to be filled before we make class lists for 2017-2018! Please call or email the office to volunteer, or look for the sign up sheets in the lobby.

Remember, children of Board Members are guaranteed their class placement. Plus, each position fulfills your volunteer hours for the year.


  • Attend monthly meetings. Usually about 1.5 hours.
  • Chair all meetings and oversee preschool and board operations.


  • Attend monthly meetings. Usually about 1.5 hours.
  • Oversee all bookkeeping, financial records, and budgets.


  • Attend monthly meetings. Usually about 1.5 hours, third week of each month.
  • Oversee the Subcommittee Members (Market, Raffle, Scholastic).
  • Coordinate one fundraiser in April/May using TeamFund to sell local products.


  • Attend monthly meetings. Usually about 1.5 hours.
  • Assemble the monthly newsletter with items from Lindsey, the Teachers, and the Children’s Events Coordinator.
SUBCOMMITTEE POSITIONS – Do not need to attend all monthly meetings:


  • Assist the paid Artisans Market Coordinator as needed from August until the event in November.
    • May include helping select artisans, putting up posters, event set-up/take-down, etc.
    • The market is on the third weekend in November, after which this position wraps up.


  • Organize the annual Rocky Mountain Raffle.
    • Solicit prize donations in August and September – lists of past donors to work from.
    • Print tickets in late October to be sold at the Artisans Market and by families in November.
    • The prize drawing is usually around December 10, after which this position wraps up.

Ski Lesson for Pre-Kindergarten – March 8, 2017. Mark your calendar!

Pre-K, get ready for a day of fun in the snow! On Wednesday, March 8, TrailSports and the Nordic Centre are once again hosting our Pre-K classes for ski lessons.

  • Pre-K will have no regular classes this day and should meet at the Nordic Centre for their 1-hour lesson. (See schedule below.)
  • Permission slips were put in cubbies this week. Please return them by March 1st.
  • The lesson costs $7 (rentals are included, but the fee is for the lesson).
  • Each child must wear a helmet.
  • Each student must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. If you cannot stay with your child during the lesson, it is your responsibility to make sure another adult is looking after them should they need assistance.

This is always an exciting outing, and we hope you can join us!


  • Claire’s PreK AM Class – Arrive at 9am, lesson 9:30-10:30am
  • Carmen’s PreK AM Class – Arrive at 10:30am, lesson 11am-12pm
  • Carmen’s PreK PM Class – Arrive at 12:30pm, lesson 1-2pm

The Claire’s afternoon 3-year-old class will run normally at preschool.

Registration for 2017-2018 will begin March 1st

We are planning our AGM & Registration Night for March 1st at 7pm. We will confirm the location as soon as possible. Childcare will be provided at the meeting.

All families who attend AGM will either be placed in their class of choice, or, if there is not enough space in a given class, then places will be awarded by lottery. Remember, children of board members are guaranteed their places, so volunteer for the board!

If you cannot attend Registration Night and AGM, please call our office, 403-678-2538, to discuss your situation.

After Registration Night, we continue to accept registrations on a rolling basis, and children will be placed or waitlisted as space allows.

The registration fee is $45 and is non-refundable, and can be paid online when you complete the registration forms. We will have the registration link for 2017-2018 available here beginning February 10th. Please complete the online registration before AGM, but we will have paper forms at the meeting if necessary.

More details coming soon!

Learning through play!