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Best Kindergarten in Edmonton

The 10 Best Kindergartens in Edmonton

By Amelie Dube

So, finally, your little anklebiter is already going to school. Enrolling them in the best kindergarten in Edmonton would ensure that your kid’s first steps into early education would be good.

We’ve looked for the best kindergartens in Edmonton: ones that are reliable, as well as giving quality care to their students. We’ve even asked the opinions of parents living in different places in Edmonton where they enroll their kids.

These are the ones that made our list:

1.  JumpStart Learning Centre

JumpStart Learning Centre's Logo
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BEST FOR  Early Education
PRODUCTS https://www.jumpstartlearning.ca
WEBSITE https://www.jumpstartlearning.ca
ADDRESS 1065 Connelly Way SW, Edmonton, AB T6W 0R4
CONTACT DETAILS 587-524-1065
OPERATING HOURS N/A

First on our list of best kindergarten in Edmonton is JumpStart Learning Centre. Their curriculum includes personal and social responsibility, reading, writing, math, fine and gross motor skills, and more.

They have schedules that can fit your kid’s needs, and plenty of pre-K programs. Class sizes tend to be small to focus solely on the kid’s development.

What’s more, parents are sent bi-monthly progress reports, indicating which skills have been progressing and which skills the child and teacher should continue to work on.

Highlights

  • Government of Alberta subsidy available
  • Licensed child care provider
  • Summer session available

Customer Reviews

Find out why customers enjoy this place:

The best environment for your young ones to have their early childhood education experience at. We were impressed at the rate our daughter has been growing since the start of her classes. We are eternally grateful to the teachers, miss Nicole and miss Serena, the program director Sharon for their guidance and care that the children were able to benefit from. Unfortunately Covid situation has shorten the school year but the amount of knowledge and experience my daughter was able to get out of the time spent there is amazing.

—Ralph Dao, Google Reviews

Our family HIGHLY recommend JumpStart at Connelly. Staff deeply cared about the children even when the pandemic shutdown occurred by offering their @Home program. The dedicated teachers helped my child appreciate learning and helped her build her confidence and skills development along with peers. Nowadays, she would often say that she misses going to JumpStart. Truly a worthwhile pre-school experience!

—Emil Michelle Banan, Google Reviews

2.  Springhill Community Preschool

Springhill Community Preschool's Logo
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BEST FOR  Early Education
PRODUCTS https://www.springhillpreschool.com
WEBSITE https://www.springhillpreschool.com
ADDRESS 7730 106 St, Edmonton, AB T6E 4W3
CONTACT DETAILS 780-433-4224
OPERATING HOURS N/A

Springhill Community Preschool is one of the older schools around Edmonton. This kindergarten has been around for 40 years and offers learning through play, and often encourages parents to be involved within the early formative years of their children.

Within their facilities they have arts and crafts, books and puzzles, music and dress-up costumes, a playhouse, toys and theme activities, and a water and sand table. They also have material that improves the motor skills of children.

They offer classes for children as young as two years old. With great programs and a parent-run cooperative, this remains one of the best kindergartens in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • Intellidance lessons available
  • Parent-run cooperative
  • Summer camp available

Customer Reviews

Find out why customers enjoy this place:

I currently have both of my children enrolled at Springhill and they love it there! It has made a huge difference in their confidence levels and they both get excited about going to class. I would highly recommend this program.

—Chelsea Carter, Google Reviews

My Son has been attending Springhill since September and he absolutely loves going to school. The science program keeps his curiosity peaked and he has so much fun discovering new things with his friends.

—Charu Brintnell, Google Reviews

 

3.  Little Flowers Daycare, Preschool & OSC

Little Flowers Daycare, Preschool & OSC's Logo
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BEST FOR  Early Education
PRODUCTS https://littleflowers-daycare.com
WEBSITE https://littleflowers-daycare.com
ADDRESS 2304 – 38 St NW Edmonton, AB T6L 4K9
CONTACT DETAILS (780) 965.6066 | (780) 461.6330 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS N/A

Little Flowers Daycare offers great childcare in the neighborhood. They focus more on child independence, and provide infant and toddler daycare, and even out-of-school care.

They also provide comprehensive reporting on individual achievements, and emphasize reading and writing lessons.

What they aim is to give a stimulating environment for physical, social, emotional, intellectual and creative development for children.

Their service makes them one of the best kindergartens in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • Sensory play available
  • Subsidy offered
  • Noon afternoon class available

Customer Reviews

Find out why customers enjoy this place:

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness

Both of my children attend this daycare facility and we have nothing but great things to say.  My children love the staff and have grown with them since they opened.  They respond well to feedback and answer any questions in a timely manner.  They have great activities and are always having fun while learning.  My kids look forward to going and the staff looks forward to having them.  It was really nice to see the excitement of the staff when the kids were able to return after a very stressful COVID. I would recommend this facility, definitely.  Thank you Little Flowers for growing with my family! xo

—Kristal Mccoy, Google Reviews

If you are looking for an excellent daycare I would recommend Little Flowers Daycare.  They provide high quality child care that fosters a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment. 

My daughter was enrolled in both of their daycare and preschool programs.  Their curriculum is well planned and the results in her development were pleasing to observe over the last year. 

The Director and staff are wonderful, committed  partners that have the best interests of your child in mind and truly care about each child’s well being. 

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time there and looked forward to going back each day!  We will miss Little Flowers and are grateful for the amazing care and experience they provided!

—Cindy Harder, Google Reviews

4.  Rainbow Daycare

Rainbow Daycare's Logo
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BEST FOR  Early Education
PRODUCTS https://www.rainbowedmonton.com
WEBSITE https://www.rainbowedmonton.com
ADDRESS 450 Woodvale Road East NW, Edmonton, AB T6L 6G5
CONTACT DETAILS 780-461-8208
OPERATING HOURS N/A

Rainbow Daycare has offered good childcare since 1989. They have many scheds for children of Pre-K ages.

From summer field trips to children-lead projects, they create an atmosphere that develops their students’ skills, whether it’s in writing, creativity, or more. Their biggest focus is exploration and discovery.

They have two branches: one in Millwoods and one in Argyll. Their focus on discovery and independence, as well as on making little kids lead, makes them one of the best kindergartens in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • Two branches
  • Fully licensed teachers
  • Exploration-focused

Customer Reviews 

Find out why customers enjoy this place:

I’ve been with rainbow daycare since I was in third grade until the end of fifth grade, and this place has been nothing but enjoyment. It brought memories from all the amazing activities and people I’ve met. All the employees that took care of me and everyone else were some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. It was very safe here and all safety protocols were practiced on a timely basis. Now that I am a high school student, it brings me a big smile when I look back at being here. Shout out to Nancy, Jyoti, and Jodh!

—Gabrielo Arojo, Google Reviews

Rainbow Daycare have been amazing to us. The educators and staff are very genuine and down to earth, and sincerely care about the well-being of the children in their facility. You can tell that they really love their jobs and truly care, and it shows by how they interact with the children. All of the staff are friendly and knew my child by name (even if they were not involved with his care). They provided fun activities such as Sprinkler Day, Halloween Costume Parade, Pancake Breakfast Day (Santa even came and brought gifts!); brought in services such as fluoride brushing; and also send out informative and educational emails to encourage child development fairly regularly.

We unfortunately had to leave Rainbow Daycare due to a change in our childcare needs; however, would love to return to Rainbow Daycare (and will at our next available opportunity). I would highly recommend Rainbow Daycare to anyone in the Mill Woods area.

—Doris Sohn, Google Reviews

5.  BrightPath Mill Woods

BrightPath Mill Woods' Logo
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BEST FOR  Early Education
PRODUCTS https://brightpathkids.com/
WEBSITE https://brightpathkids.com/locations/millwoods
ADDRESS 2953 66th Street NW Edmonton, AB T6K 4C1
CONTACT DETAILS 1-888-808-2252 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS 7:00am – 6:00pm

Next on our list of the best kindergartens in Edmonton is BrightPath Mill Woods. They offer a nurturing environment for children that focuses on early learning and brain development,

They offer development on language development, cognitive development, social development and emotional intelligence, and physical development.

The learning is child-led, leading them to independence, and better skills. They also offer healthy snacks for children, and will cater to your child’s food sensitivities.

Highlights

  • Development-focused
  • Licensed instructors
  • Nutritional snacks for kids

Customer Reviews

Find out why customers enjoy this place:

It has been over a month and i am really happy that i chose this place for my kid. I love it how his teachers welcome him every day …. Their food choices for lunch and morning afternoon snacks are really healthy … And i am really happy how they plan each day’s activities and curriculum. All the staff and director of the Center are really welcoming and knows what they are doing. Thank you for being so supportive and helpful.

—Dani, Google Reviews

My daughter has been going in this day care for 3 years. I am very satisfied with the dedicated staff and the management. I am very thankful for the mental and social development of my daughter which is the result of the hard work and continuous efforts made by the teachers. I would like to thank for the fun activities, taking good care and sending daily report of my daughter that I receive via email everyday.

—Sajina KC, Google Reviews

6. LCDS Preschool & Kindergarten

BEST FOR  Preschool & Kindergarten
PRODUCTS http://www.lcdskids.com/index.php/programs
WEBSITE http://www.lcdskids.com/
ADDRESS 13931-140 Street
Edmonton
AB T6V1J7
CONTACT DETAILS Tel: 780-473-7216

Fax: 780-473-7021

OPERATING HOURS Contact for more details

LCDS Preschool & Kindergarten (formerly Londonderry Child Development Society) was established in North Edmonton in 1972 by a group of parents who wanted an early learning program in their community for their young children. They wanted to be actively involved in their children’s education and they believed that learning should be fun.

LCDS is a Parent Cooperative, program and is a registered not-for-profit organization established under the Societies Act of Alberta. They are licensed and registered with Alberta Child and Family Services, Alberta Education and the City of Edmonton. They are also proud to be members of the Association of Independent Schools & Colleges in Alberta and the Northern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association.

Highlights

  • COVID-19 health safety measures are in place for the safety of their staff and families
  • Kind, engaging, and licensed teachers

Customer Reviews

Find out why parents love them:

“Such a great school! This is my daughter’s first year and she loves going. The staff are amazing, they go above and beyond for the kids.”

“We started our three year old here in September. He is growing so fast! I love our experience here. Thank you LCDS~!”

7. Gold Bar Preschool

BEST FOR  Unique play-based, outdoor-focused program
PRODUCTS https://www.goldbarpreschool.ca/fundraising
WEBSITE https://www.goldbarpreschool.ca/
ADDRESS 10524 46 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
CONTACT DETAILS https://www.goldbarpreschool.ca/contact-us
OPERATING HOURS Contact for more details

Gold Bar Preschool believes in the proven academic and social success from allowing children to learn through play. Their play-based program promotes an authentic kind of learning by encouraging kids to become self-directed learners who explore, develop curiosity, and solve their own problems.

Decades of research has shown that play is the most effective way for young children to learn, develop social skills and regulate their emotions. They’ve created a space where play, creativity and imagination are encouraged. Their preschool uniquely presents role-playing, open art activities, and dramatic centers that bolster our students’ imaginations, build their vocabularies and enhance their social skills.

Highlights

  • Teachers who care and look over each student closely
  • Provides a welcoming, inclusive environment for their students

Customer Reviews

Find out why parents love them:

“This is a fun and interactive program! It is awesome seeing how much they learn everyday!!!”

“Interactive, fun and creative atmosphere! Love the community with parents and kids!”

8. International Center Early Learners & Development

International Center Early Learners & Development

BEST FOR  Programs for Babies and Toddler
PRODUCTS Newborn Department
Toddler Care Department
Preschool Department
Kinder 1
Kinder 2
School Age
WEBSITE https://internationalcenter.ca/
ADDRESS 10125 151 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta
CONTACT DETAILS Administration: 780-660-7408
Admission Office: 780-819-2914
Daycare / OSC: 780-278-4568
OPERATING HOURS Admission Department is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

International Center Early Learners & Development started as a vision of Early Childhood Educators from Canada, the USA, and the Philippines. They saw the creation of progressive Early Childhood Centers geared towards “play to learn with the integration of good manners and right conduct” thereby promoting equality, camaraderie, diversity, and multi-culturalism.

What’s great about them is that they provide warm, personalized customized care and developmentally appropriate programs for all ages. 

They stand out from the other kindergartens because of how their Kinder Care Program exemplifies an atmosphere of cooperative learning. Teachers introduce more complex activities that can help their thinking when it comes to predicting, reflecting, and discovering.

Complex activities do not mean students will do something way out of their ability, rather instructors will give them things to do that are a little bit more challenging than what they are used to doing.

Another great factor of theirs is that in this grade, teachers reinforce the social skills the students already have and even expand them, as well as their learning skills, to successfully guide them to transition to the different school systems in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • ffers other programs aside from Kinder 1 and 2
  • Makes sure that the delivery of childcare services remain coherent and responsive

Customer Reviews

Find out why parents love them:

“Here in Edmonton, Parents and the community have tons of options for childcare. At the end of the day the most important factor that we have to take into account are the following SAFETY, SECURITY and TOTAL WELL BEING of each and everyone. International Center provides the community a childcare center that is open Monday-Sunday that is open when you need it most. Lets face it some daycare can’t offer it. Don’t rely on google review alone. See for your self. Interview the Parents who comes to the daycare and find out if the services that they are providing is genuine or not. Every opportunity that is being given to the children is an experience that we are very grateful.” – Jonathan Cruz

9. Elves Child Development Centre

BEST FOR  Individuals with Special Needs
SERVICES Early Childhood Services, Grades 1-12, FASD Respite Program, Adult Day Program, On-Site Services, Transportation Services
WEBSITE http://www.elves-society.org/programs-2/ecs/
ADDRESS 10825 142 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y7
CONTACT DETAILS Phone: (780) 454-5310 ext. 236
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Elves Special Needs Society is a privately owned not-for-profit organization that caters to individuals of all ages with special needs. They offer school, respite, and various day programs as part of their curriculum.

With a special focus on turning “possibility to ability”, Elves Child Development Centre experts collaborate closely with the student and their family to help them succeed. Each program is tailor-made to each learner and is crafted to provide long-term results. 

Regardless of ability level, Elves Child Development Centre specializes in helping learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). They accept learners aged 2.8 to 6 years old for their early childhood program, although they cater to adults as well.

They have a range of on-site services such as Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and Travelling Low Vision Clinic among many others. You may also arrange for transportation services to and from school.

Elves Child Development Centre is one of our top choices for kindergarten schools in Edmonton. With expert professionals experienced in learners with special needs, they’re one of our top options and definitely worth considering in the city. 

Highlights

  • Specializes in learners with special needs
  • Accepts any individual regardless of ability level
  • Has various on-site services
  • Can arrange transportation services

10. Discovery Daycare

BEST FOR  Ages 6 and below
SERVICES Infant Childcare, Child Daycare, Educational Daycare, English Daycare, Monthly Programs, Summer Field Trips, Morning & Afternoon Snacks, Monthly Music Program, Summer Library Program
WEBSITE http://www.discoverydaycare.ca/
ADDRESS 8703-93 Street Unit 10, Edmonton, AB, T6C 4L4
CONTACT DETAILS Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-468-3475
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 07:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday: Closed

Discovery Daycare is an accredited daycare center that was first founded in 1989. It is now owned and operated by Josefina Lauzon, who first joined the center in 1999.

When it comes to caring for the children, Discovery Daycare utilizes a team approach and open-door policy, encouraging collaboration and constant communication with parents and guardians. 

Discovery Daycare has a “Learning through Play” program with a child-focused approach that involves stimulating and exciting play areas, nutritious snacks, and plenty of activities. Their goal is to not just care for your child, but help them become a well-rounded individual. 

For younger kids, they offer monthly programs, summer field trips, and even transportation services to take them to and from school. So if you’re looking for qualified and experienced caretakers to care for your child, Discovery Daycare is a great option to take your kids to in Edmonton.

Highlights

  • Ideal for children below six years old
  • Can arrange transportation services
  • Encourages collaboration with parents and guardians
  • Has monthly programs

And that’s our list of the best kindergartens in Edmonton. We hope this helped you look for a great place so your kid can learn skills that will help him or her grow or learn.

Are there any services that we missed? Send us a message and we’ll update the article promptly.

And if you want a place where you can let your kids play with others too, try checking out our list of options for the best indoor playgrounds in Edmonton! They’ll find themselves having lots of fun before you know it.