The classes for the 2017-18 school year are as follows:
Class 1 (Age 3 years)
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Class 2 Prekindergarten (Ages 4-5 years)
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Ready, Set, Go! Preschool (2017-2018 calendar)
*Please note that children must be 3 years of age by September 1st
*Government subsidies and application support available
Visit the Government of Alberta’s web page regarding Child Care Subsidy.
Ready, Set, Go! Preschools are located at:
6098-Penbrooke Drive SE, Calgary
#36, 7930 Bowness Road NW, Calgary
What happens at Ready, Set, Go!?
Through a variety of play-based experiences children in the program will:
- Learn to share, solve problems, and to function in a group
- Increase language and socialization skills
- Develop a healthy self-esteem
- Learn social and emotional literacy
- Support in Kindergarten readiness
- Have fun!
What opportunities are available for parents?
- Meet one-on-one with a teacher to ensure child’s individual needs are met
- Access to family support worker to discuss specific parenting challenges or access referrals to other community agencies
- Connect with other parents in program
How can I register my child?
Registration Info and Fees:
AM Class (8:30-11:30am) for 3 year olds – $210
PM Class (12:30-3:30pm) for 4-5 year olds – $225
Registration is by appointment. Call the Ready, Set, Go! Coordinator at 403-710-6310 for more details.
*Please note that children must be 3 years of age and toilet trained by September 1st.
Parent Talk is a parent and family program in Calgary; it promotes the safe and healthy development of children by addressing the needs and requests of parents through a drop-in parent program.
Parent Talk aims to decrease isolation and to increase knowledge of parenting skills, support, awareness and access to community resources. Parents gain new skills and knowledge about parenting while children are supervised in a safe, supportive environment.
How does this program help?
Parent Talk offers a variety of social activities and formal workshops:
- Coffee time
- Conversations and workshops
- Recreational outings
- Supermen of Bowness (drop-in play for male caregivers and their children)
Parent workshop topics might include:
- Managing fighting and aggression
- Dealing with disobedience from a positive discipline perspective
- Hassle free shopping with children
- Developing good bedtime routines
- Healthy relationships
- Raising confident and competent children
- Raising resilient children
- Creating a language-rich environment
- Creating routines for the home
- Building emotional intelligence
- Screen time in the early years
- Managing reactions
Where is it located and how do I register?
Parent Talk sessions take place in a variety of community spaces, including libraries and Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary locations.
For information about locations in your neighbourhood, please contact:
Parent Talk Family Worker
Home-Start is an international program that Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary offers. Home-Start operates in over 22 different countries around the world.
Home-Start is a family and community program that supports families with young children who may be struggling with a variety of issues related to parenting. We invite families to enlarge their circles of support by making connections with our trained volunteers as well as discover ways to build their own communities.
Together we create stable and healthy environments where children grow and develop, families flourish and neighbours support one another.
Who can access Home-Start?
Families with at least one child under the age of 5 who are experiencing a wide range of challenges such as isolation, postpartum depression, and other parenting stresses.
Home-Start is available to all families regardless of socio-economic or ethnic background. We are committed to the rights of the individual and recognize and respect the diversity within families.
What can I expect from Home-Start?
Referrals to Home-Start can come in the form of self-referrals, or from another community serving agency.
Our Home-Start Coordinators are the first point of contact: they connect with the family to assess family needs and to begin the process of matching them with a suitable volunteer. They will also refer the family to additional resources and supports if necessary. Home-Start Coordinators visit the family regularly and maintain open communication with the family and the volunteer for the entire duration of time the family is with the Home-Start program.
How do I volunteer for Home-Start?
Home-Start volunteers visit a family once per week from 2 to 4 hours, up to a year providing practical support and friendship, get the family involved with the community and share their own experiences of parenting.
We look for Individuals with parenting and communication skills who want to offer a listening ear, encouragement and support, model healthy relationships, and strengthen family well-being.
All volunteers initially complete a 16-hour preparation course and afterwards continue to gather support and training from regular Volunteer Support meetings/events.