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Preschool Options

The following is a list  – not preferentialof the preschool options available to families of children with special needs in Calgary and Area.  Many families access preschool program within their neighborhood community, some choose a preschool that is specialized for children who have disabilities.  Each option provides a variety of benefits and families choose which program based upon their own child and family.

  If you are accessing PUF Funding this ONLY lasts for 3 years.  Please take this into consideration with regards to the age of your child when they first start preschool to ensure your funding does not run out before your child finishes their final year of preschool/kindergarten. For more information, please contact your service provider of your Preschool Program.

 *Please note that FSCD agreement must be in place for Specialized Services.

Behaviour Therapy and Learning Centre (BTLC)                      (403) 205-2749 ext. 51

 (Autism Partnership)





BTLC provides educational programming for children with autism, with activities adapted to meet every child’s unique needs and developmental goals. We offer a specialized preschool program with a small staff-to-child ratio, as well as opportunities for children to be integrated within community preschool or Kindergarten classrooms.


 Big Plans for Little Kids                                                                                                           (403) 685-4229

Providing early intervention services to preschool and early elementary-aged children.



Brilliant Beginnings Education Centre                                                                        (403) 283-5437 

Brilliant Beginnings offers a variety of specialized programs for children

0-5 years with special needs.  We offer private developmental consultation (one to one support in-home or on-site), aide supervision/training, and a variety of integrated and specialized groups than can be either used in conjunction with a home-based program or in addition to your existing services. 

Calgary Board of Education’s Early Development Centre                    (403) 817-7612

We offer programs at Early Development Centres for preschool-aged children with exceptional needs. By providing focused attention to these learners at an early age, we are able to better prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.

Our programs:

·       are for three and four years old with moderate to severe exceptional needs;

·       offer a small class size (12 children per class) with a strong multidisciplinary team (including a teacher, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, education assistants, speech-language assistants, early learning strategists and family oriented programming facilitators.)

·       involve learning through play in a rich learning environment;

·       emphasize communication skills, fine and gross motor development, and social interaction; and

·       offer individualized programming based on unique strengths and needs of each child.

·       Offer transportation for children accessing program unit funding (PUF)



Calgary Montessori School                                                                                                   (403) 252-3281


Preschool Program for ages 3- 6


Calgary Quest Children’s Society                                                                                     (403) 253-0003

Serves children who are functionally delayed or with a complexity number of challenges

primarily 2 ½ years to 19 years of age.




Cause & Effect Foundation (Early Intervention Services)                             (403) 652-1503


An Early Intervention service provided for preschool aged children who have a variety of special needs.  The program now accepts children who have hearing impairments; this is in partnership with ACH.  The team includes speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, a special education teacher, and behavior consultant.  The multi-disciplinary team works with the child in preschool programs, in-home, and community settings.  Programming is provided to families in Calgary and area; following a direct therapy model of delivery.




Creative Learning Center                                                                                                          (403) 225-0600


An open learning environment for preschool children ages 3 to 5 years.  Based on the
acceptance of each child as an individual with unique needs and learning styles.                   


Early Development Centre- Calgary Board of Education

                 (403) 817-7637

Half day early intervention program for 3 and 4 year old children with severe special education who are eligible for Alberta Education Program Unit (PUF)


Emily Follensbee School – Calgary Board of Education                               (403) 777-6980

Website: www.//

A full day Early Childhood Services Program to meet the learning, physical, health and behavioral needs of young multi-handicapped children including those who are deaf and/or visually impaired.  Students must be 2.5 years old in the program year attending.  Staff includes certified teacher, education assistants, licensed practical nurses, recreation therapist, music therapist and REACH consultants.



Even Start (Heartland Agency)                                                                  (403) 541-0277


Provides highly evolved educational programs for children with special needs as well as children who are challenged by poverty, abuse or neglect.



Families of Alberta for Conductive Education (FACE)                                    (403) 338-0022                      

FACE offers programming to children who have neuromotor disabilities.  Based on the principles of Conductive Education, which encourages the development of independence through problem solving.  



Froebel’s Garden of Children                                                                                               (403) 280-4855

An alternative private school providing integrated pre-school, ECS and Grades 1 & 2.



GRIT (Getting Ready for Inclusion Today)                                                                 (403) 215-2444  



An in-home program for children from 2 ½ to 5 ½ years with multiple disabilities.



I’m For Kids                                                                                                  (403) 236-8919 



Ages: 2.5- 6 years

We are a multi-disciplinary team of professionals providing programming to preschool children with special needs utilizing an inclusive model. We serve children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder,  Neuromotor Disabilities, Global Developmental Delays, Severe Language Delays, Hearing and Vision Impairments, Down Syndrome, etc., in Calgary and surrounding area. Our team consists of Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Behaviour Specialists, Early Intervention Specialists, and Special Education Consultants.  Therapies will be provided at the child's dayhome, preschool site, home or a combination of home and school. Parents are regarded as active participants in all program planning.


I'm for Kids Team is a PUF program provider (Private ECS Operator) and an approved Specialized Services Provider for FSCD. We also offer preschool screenings, Mild/Moderate programming, and can access English as a Second Language funding.

*Please note that FSCD agreement must be in place for Specialized Services.



Inspiration Station (Foundation 4:  Special Needs Team)                             (403) 945-4561

An Airdrie based Early Intervention Program providing individualized and coordinated

 programming to children qualifying for PUF Funding.  Foundation4 supports children in

their specialized classroom called “Inspiration Station”. Foundation4 also provides

FSCD programming.



Jamie’s Preschool – St. Andrews United Church                                                 (403) 258-1308  

A special school for immune-compromised preschoolers and their siblings.

Contact: Brandi
Lead Foundation                                                                                                                         (403) 270-7912
Services Provided: Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills Programs, PUF and IBI like programs. They will also provide Summer Camps.
Ages: 2-6

Little Blossoms Early Intervention Foundation                                                   (403) 968-0607

Little Blossoms Early Intervention is a not for profit organization that provides early intervention services for young children and their families. We are an approved ECS Operator with Alberta Education and provide PUF and mild/moderate programming for children 2 1/2 to 6 years of age. Programs are individually designed to meet the needs of each child. Please contact Darlene O'Keefe, Executive Director at (403) 968-0607 or if you require information regarding the program.  



Medicine Wheel Early Learning Centre                                                    (403) 240-4642 ext 304


Native and Metis focus on language, academics, social development and elementary school preparation for children 3 to 6 years of age.



Mosaic Preschool Program                                                                                                    (403) 265-6093  


A 2 day/ week preschool program developed for Immigrant and refugee children between ages 3 & 5 years to promote school readiness. Wheelchair accessible.




New Heights Learning Services                                                                                         (403) 240-1312  



A program designed specially for children with Autism and/or speech delay
ages 2 ½ to 6 years of age




One World Child Development Centre                                                     (403) 264-2217

Preschool programs for children of low-income families who do not currently meet the mandate for child care subsidy (i.e. attending school, working).  The program will attend to developmentally appropriate curriculum, which will focus on all areas of a child's development.




Pacekids Programs                                                                                     (403) 234-7876  

Family oriented, therapeutic and active learning programs tailored to children with motor disabilities. Facility based, in home and community setting. Small classes where children/aide ratio is 1:1





PREP Program                                                                                            (403) 282-5011


Provides therapy and support services to children with Down Syndrome and their families. Offers an infant and toddler program, ECS classes for children 2 ½ to 5 ½ years.



Providence Children’s Centre                                                                                           (403) 255-5577

Providence offers educational and therapeutic services for preschool children with disabilities at 6 locations across the city. Each class is led by a certified teacher, with in-class speech language and occupational therapists and assistants. Staff/student ratios as low as 3:1 enables students to reach, on average,  90 percent of their individual program plan goals. Classes offered: Early Intervention (18 months – 30 months), Enriched Preschool (30 months – 4 years), Junior Kindergarten (4-5 years), Kindergarten (5-6 years).



Renfrew Educational Services                                                                                            (403) 291-5038


Renfrew Educational Services offers ECS (Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten) at

five locations in the city for children with special needs and typical children in an

integrated setting. Favorable child to staff ratios allow the individual needs of each

child to be met. Teachers work with a team that may include occupational therapists,

physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, family-support

workers, and assistive-technology specialists.  There is an emphasis on nurturing a love

of the arts and enhancing physical development and fitness.


Society for Treatment of Autism                                                                                       (403) 253-2291    Website:
Offers an Early Intervention Program for preschool aged children with Autism Spectrum

Disorders. Full and half day programs are available.

*Please note that FSCD Specialized Services funding is required

Tiny Talkers Preschool                                                                             (403) 703-2012

Rundle Community Hall 2409 50 St. NE

Tiny Talkers Preschool...a preschool aimed at improving the educational, communication and physical skill development of preschool children aged 2 1/2 - 5. Combining 27 years of Speech-Language Pathology skills and expertise with 17 years of Preschool Teacher experience, our program offers a quality education which will help facilitate the development of a strong Foundation, upon which children can build their Education!

(Accepting children who qualify for PUF funding and will welcome agencies providing such services into our program.)


*Please note that FSCD Specialized Services funding is required

The Children's Link Society neither endorses nor recommends any programs, services, supports, therapies, treatments, etc. but provides impartial and, to the best of our knowledge, factual information for families of children with special needs and service providers in the Calgary and Area. 

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