General Information

Dalhousie Community Kindergarten is open to children from any community in Calgary, not just Dalhousie.

Open House and registration for students takes place in January of each year, starting with Kindergarten aged students. (Those who will be 5 by December 31 of the upcoming school year.)

If spaces are still available at the end of January, we accept registrations for tuition based Junior Kindergarten students starting the first week of February. (Those who will be 4 years old by the start of the school year.)

All registrations are taken strictly on a first come, first served basis. 

We will offer a morning class, Monday to Friday, and if we have sufficient demand, and afternoon class, Monday to Thursday.

Kindergarten-aged children from Alumni families, or who are currently attending the Dalhousie Community Pre-school can register one week prior to our open registration date.

Open Registration date applies to kindergarten-aged students.

Registrations for children who will attend kindergarten with an aide (those receiving Program Unit Funding (PUF)) are handled a little differently, with registrations being accepted at the start of December. Two spots for PUF funded students will be reserved until our Open Registration date in January.

It is recommended that your child have the Measles/Mumps/Rubella immunization prior to entry into Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten-aged students (i.e. five by December 31, or not yet 6 yrs old on September 1st) may attend our program either via funding from Alberta Education (the typical choice) or via paid tuition.

The tuition option may be suitable for kindergarten aged children who:

  • are not eligible to receive Alberta Education funding (i.e. due to other citizenship), or
  • have already used their one year of Alberta Education kindergarten funding but will not yet be 6 years old on September 1st and wish to delay the start of grade one, or
  • would be eligible to attend kindergarten based on age, but wish to delay their start of kindergarten for another year (i.e. children who turn 5 after September 1st but before December 31)

Junior Kindergarten students attend the same class as our kindergarten students, but with adapted learning expectations. Our Junior Kindergarten program is best suited to children who are ready for a bit more of a challenge and a program that runs 5 days a week.

Junior Kindergarten registrations are accepted starting the first week of February.

How to Register: click here for directions

Out of School Care for kindergarten-aged students (at least 5 years old by December 31) is provided by the Dalhousie Community Association’s childcare program. They offer a licensed and accredited program that qualifies for the Affordability Grant and Childcare subsidy. Registration for this program is handled separately, typically in May or June before the start of the new school year.