Pre Kindergarten Program
Saskatchewan Learning's Pre-kindergarten
is a developmentally-appropriate early intervention program for
vulnerable three and four year old children.
The Pre-kindergarten learning environment is caring, nurturing,
culturally affirming and safe. It focuses on the development of
a positive self-concept within each child. The Pre-kindergarten
has an "open door" policy in which parents, caregivers
and extended family members are welcome to participate in all
activities, creating an atmosphere where children can learn from
family members as well as the Pre-kindergarten staff.
Supports to meet the needs of Pre-kindergarten children
exist beyond the boundaries of the Pre-kindergarten Program. Services
from health, mental health, social services, justice and recreation,
as well as supports from churches and community service agencies
are needed to address the diverse needs of the children and families
involved in the Pre-kindergarten Program. The coordination and
delivery of integrated services is the shared responsibility of
school divisions, Pre-kindergarten staff, parents, community members
and the partnering agencies.
The focus on parent and family involvement
in the Pre-kindergarten is key to the child's well-being and development.
The benefits for children of parent involvement range from improved
cognitive functioning to greater school success. Teachers benefit
by gaining greater knowledge of the child, his or her family,
and the community in which they reside. Parents and staff benefit
by working together as role models and teachers to their children.
Parent involvement outside of the classroom provides formal and
informal opportunities for parents to develop relationships and
engage in personal growth activities.