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We welcome you to learn more about our program!

We truly appreciate your interest in our program.

Please review each section carefully as there is a lot of important information being covered.

Program Overview

Sharon, our Program Director, runs through our programming, daily routines, and more…

Prep Program Overview @ 0:35

Scholars Program Overview @ 6:15

Daily Routine Overview @ 12:35

Table Time Activities overview @ 39:05

Play with Purpose Activities Overview @ 43:40

Review & Practice / Progress Reports / Other Info @ 50:25

Wrap-up @ 56:40

Need Full-Time Care and/or Transportation?

Transportation to and from daycares/dayhomes can be arranged.
Go to our specific location pages to get a list of facilities offering full-time care with transportation to and from our facility.
When contacting these facilities, be sure to let them know you were referred by Jumpstart Learning Centre

Enhanced Communicable Disease Protocols

Review our policies and procedures that are in place to mitigate the risk for spreading all types of communicable diseases including COVID which include:

Air Cleaners to enhance indoor air quality, temperature checks, health screening and temperature checks for students and staff, enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, and more.

 

Fee Guide

See section below for Subsidy, Grant, and Tax Deduction info.

Annual Registration/Supply Fee: $180 due upon registration

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Program Day/Time Requirements Monthly Fees*
Discovery (Parented Class) Sat. or Sun. AM/PM 2 yr. old by start date $125/mo.
Prep II Tues/Thurs. AM/PM 3 yr. old by Dec. 31st $190/mo. ($65 after subsidy)
Scholars I Sat. AM/PM 4 yr. old by Dec. 31st $110/mo. ($0 after subsidy)
Scholars II Tues/Thurs. or Wed/Fri. PM Only 4 yr. old by Dec. 31st $190/mo. ($65 after subsidy)
Scholars III Mon/Wed/Fri. AM/PM 4 yr. old by Dec. 31st $290/mo. ($165 after subsidy)
Scholars V Mon–Fri. AM/PM 4 yr. old by Dec. 31st $520/mo. ($395 after subsidy)
Summer Program Mon–Fri. Weekly Sessions (see schedule here) Must be 3–6 years old See Summer Program page

*Please note tuition is calculated as an annual amount and divided into 10 equal payments for your convenience. Therefore, the monthly amount does not change according to number of instructional days in any given month.

 

Fees include registration fees and all supply fees except: pair of indoor shoes, backpack, daily snack, and water bottle.

Withdrawal Policy

JumpStart Junior Kindergarten is a 10-month program from September-June. We request a commitment from parents for the entire 10- month term as our program works just like the public-school system and not like a daycare or playschool where kids are just cycled in and out year round, but we do understand that some circumstances may require you to withdraw early.

If you wish to withdraw from the program, at least one FULL month’s notice using the Withdrawal Request Form prior to the 1st of the month you wish to leave must be given before January 15th of that school year. *see special note below

Withdrawal Policy Special Note: Please make special note: if withdrawal request received on or after January 15th, you automatically forfeit your Tuition Deposit whether or not the required notice is given

Grant, Subsidy, & Tax Deduction Info

Grant – $75/month grant already included in pricing on the fee guide above.

Subsidy – Additional $125/month if household income is less than $180K.  Check eligibility and apply here
Tax Deduction – Use our fees as Child Care Tax Deduction on your CRA tax return. Check eligibility and learn more here.

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Ambleside Classroom @ 3580 Allan Dr. SW

Callaghan Classroom @ 1065 Connelly Way

Chappelle Classroom @ 6409 Cartmell Place

Edgemont Classroom @ 20041 Lessard Road

Schedule and Eligibility

Discovery Program: If your child is 2/3 and/or not yet toilet trained by the start date. (Parented Class)

Prep Program: If your child turns 3 by December 31st of the School Year and toilet trained*

Scholars Program: If your child turns 4 by December 31st of the School Year and toilet trained*

 

*see Parent Handbook for expectations regarding toilet training (Pull-ups are permitted).   

School Docs

Parent Reviews

Ruth A.
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We are really grateful that our friend referred us to their program. We love that they are very structured and have smaller size classes. They also keep you up to date with your child’s progress. Our daughter had so much fun and learned a lot during her Saturday classes. We highly recommend them!
Patricia D.
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We send both our daughters to Jumpstart and plan to send our son next. Best preschool tha adequately prepares them for schoo. Staff are professional and love the children.
Amber F.
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Such a great program for our daughter. She loved having such wonderful and kind hearted teachers, Ms. Amanda and Ms. Shannon. Definitely alot more structure and educational than having your child in a dayhome. Also she has built up her social skills, and has all the prep work done to truly enjoy Kindergarten in the fall! Thank you again for such a fun year!
Linda R.
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My son enjoyed the Prep II course and both Miss Ashley and Miss Cynthia were so wonderful. I noticed my son became more confident and social. He's still shy but he definitely opened up and was having a great time. I appreciated the covid protocols they had in place and we felt very safe sending our son. There was great communication with the preschool, especially their app was great and user friendly. We plan on sending our child again for the scholars program. We highly recommend.
Erika D.
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Great school. Glad they are academic based. My son has autism and was able to have an aid in the class with him and did very well and learned a lot.
Nese M.
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Both my kids have gone through their pre- school and jr. kindergarten programs when they were 3 and 4! They loved it and gained a lot from their two years spent at Jump Start.
Yang Y.
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Love the small class size and structured play. Ms Amanda and Ms Shannon both are lovely and nice teachers. My kid learned a lot and I am very confident he is ready for kindergarten.
Amanda
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We absolutely love the program at Jump Start! The teachers are amazing, and the program itself is equally as amazing. Our kids learned so many important skills and had so much fun doing it!
Amanda
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We absolutely love the program at Jump Start! The teachers are amazing, and the program itself is equally as amazing. Our kids learned so many important skills and had so much fun doing it!
Deepak A.
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Excellent facility with very friendly staff. Our daughter learned alot since attending and we plan on sending our son too. Highly recommended.
Mano N.
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My daughter went to Ambleside Red Room. This was her 2nd year in the program and we had nothing but positive experiences. Having the first year shortened due to COVID, the teachers and admin worked with parents to provide material for at-home learning. In the 2nd year I was happy to see that the entire year could be done in class. Ms. Amanda and Ms. Shannon were AMAZING! They provided all the tools to help my daughter excel in her learning. They were always so loving and caring, and knew how to work with all the kids. It was a tearful goodbye at graduation as we saw our kids and the teachers saying goodbye and celebrating the end of the year. I’m glad my daughter is prepared for kindergarten all thanks to Jumpstart. We’ll miss you Red Room teachers
Mill J.
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Our daughter is always excited to go and see Miss Amanda and learn from her. She loves all the other teachers as well. She has shown numerous signs of improvement in her learning ability and is very proud of her homework sheets she gets from the school. Communication from school has been great during COVID and otherwise.
Carla S.
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Our son attended jumpstart and had a great time. Classes were small and the teachers were great! I’d highly recommend!
Madeline F.
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My daughter had a amazing experience at Jumpstart! It was so well organized and developmentally appropriate. The activities were so fun while also being educational! Also Teacher Ashley and Teacher Cynthia were lovely and so skilled and experienced with the kiddos. It was apparent they truly had a passion for their jobs and the kiddos that they were teaching. My daughter will be attending again this year and her siblings will also start her education at jumpstart as well.
Emily C.
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I would highly recommend Jumpstart’s preschool program. My son attended the 3yo program. It was a wonderful first introduction to school. Ms Amanda and Ms Shannon were kind and caring, and really nurtured the students in their learning. The lessons were fun and playful, but also structured so the kids could learn skills to get ready for school. Also, the COVID protocols at this preschool were exceptional, with extra cleaning measures, individual supplies for the kids, and protocols for drop off and pick up. We will definitely return next year, and I will be sending my younger kids when they are old enough.
Justin D.
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I have a older review of Jumpstart Learning Centre posted previously. I felt that I should provide a new review now that my daughter has completed her second year at Jumpstart and will start kindergarten in a few weeks. Jumspstart is a wonderful pre-school. The teachers and the curriculum are excellent. Our daughter grew leaps and bounds in the 2 years she was with Jumpstart. She learned so much and has put it to good use in her home life. We feel that Jumpstart has done a super job preparing her for he next big step. We are so satisfied that we will be sending our son once he is old enough to attend pre-school. I highly recommend Jumpstart for your own little ones. You will not be disappointed.
Janelle B.
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My daughter and I both had a great experience at Jumpstart. I appreciated the fact that it is more academic based, at the end of the year my daughter could read! Such a better experience then the preschool I sent my first born. I feel she will be much better equipped for kindergarten.
Mandy T.
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My daughter loved going to school. Very organized and made learning fun. All of the teachers were so kind hearted and great people. Highly recommend for a youngster to prep for Kindergarten. I feel that my daughter has literally been given a jump start.
Jennifer Y.
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Great experience for my son! Teachers were professional, compassionate and kind. Learning tools were great to educate and give my son confidence. A wonderful stepping stone to prepare young kids to transition into Elementary.
Baby M.
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My boy attend there and after couple of months I really saw improvement on him. Really happy with the center. Everything was perfect. Thank you
Amita K.
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Jumpstart provided a great, positive learning environment for my children. The curriculum throughout the year is appropriate. The class sizes were small allowing for the teachers to give the children one on one time, building good relationships. Summer camps are wonderful as well. Absolutely recommend!
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Program FAQs

Yes. Currently, subsidy is available only at our Commercial Locations. Please check the Government of Alberta site to see if you are eligible:

https://www.alberta.ca/child-care-subsidy.aspx

Your child will be prepared for entrance exams that are required for special programs like the Cogito Program @ Edmonton Public Schools, or Chartered schools like Aurora

Our results speak louder than words! Click here to view Parent Reviews.

Click here to view a classroom Virtual Tour.

In-person tours available, just submit a request @ www.jumpstartlearning.ca/register.

Selecting any of the options will let you book a tour.

Program Eligibility is based on your child's age:

Child AgeProgram
1Not eligible for the Jumpstart Program
2Jumpstart Parented Class*
3Jumpstart Prep Program* (Preschool)
4/5Jumpstart Scholars Program* (Junior K)
5/6Jumpstart Kinder Program and/or Public Kindergarten* (public Kindergarten is optional in Alberta)
6+Jumpstart Afterschool Learning Program

Your child can start in September and will be placed in the appropriate program based on age, see below.

The Regular Program Year is from September - June (we do allow students to join later in the program year based on availability)

The Summer Program is from July-August

Parented Program
If your child is 2 and is not eligible for the unparented Prep Program.

Prep Program
If your child turns 3 by December 31st of the Program Year

Scholars/Kinder Program
If your child turns 4 by December 31st of the Program Year

Afterschool Learning Program
If your child is in Grades 1-3, they would be eligible for our Afterschool Learning Program that enhances Math and Literacy Skills.

Let us know if you have any questions.

We are experts in providing your child with an age-appropriate structured early learning education.

Our staffing includes teachers who have a different set of skills and training than your typical daycare staff.

Also, our programming would not be sustainable in a full-day format for students in this age group. Full-day programs that are more play-focused like in daycares would be more suitable in a full-day format.

However, we do work with daycares and dayhomes in the area to provide transportation to and from our centre. This way, you do not have to worry about getting your child to and from our centre.

View our Locations page for information about nearby facilities that offer full-time care. Transportation to and from our facility can be arranged from these facilities.

We also offer a Saturday program. This option is very popular with parents who are not able to arrange to pick up and drop off during the week.

In the case of just your child isolating at home and not the rest of the class, we will do our best to supply you with a home package along with lesson plans and activities for your child to complete at home.

You will also have direct access to the teacher through our classroom app.

If the entire class is mandated to isolate, we will switch to teacher-led virtual classes online to keep the students engaged and the learning going.

Our teacher-led virtual classes have been a huge hit with students and parents. Each Family receives a physical package that is to be used during the online classes. Classes are interactive and keep the students engaged.

Yes and No.

Parents beware, there is no Montessori 'standard' to follow. A program labelled as Montessori can mean your children just play with toys all day, but meet the vague criteria listed below. It is up to parents to ensure that the program aligns with their goals for their children as well as their child's needs.

To answer this question more specifically, it helps first to know who or what Montessori is:

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori in 1897 based on her extensive research with "phrenasthenic" children and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. Although a range of practices exist under the name "Montessori", the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential:

  • Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children ages 2½ or 3 to 6 years old are by far the most common
  • Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours
  • A "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
  • Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
  • Freedom of movement within the classroom
  • A trained Montessori teacher

The JumpStart Program contains elements of Montessori but excludes others. The Montessori approach is 120 years old and there have been many advancements in research and methodology in regards to early childhood education. The public education curriculum has also evolved over time. Our goal is to prepare your child for their formal education, giving them the skills and abilities needed for success.

Our program includes best practices of many other approaches coming from the latest and most up to date research from universities and private researchers around the world. A major difference is that our classes are structured and sizes are kept small with children of similar age and development. A class of 30 students with varying ages definitely does not produce the desired goal of our program.

There are many other researchers that have either built upon or developed other approaches that work just as well or even better than the Montessori approach. We strive to constantly update our program to include the best approaches that work.

Our program combines all this research and incorporates the actual Alberta Education Curriculum into a comprehensive, high quality educational experience. We don't restrict ourselves to any one of way of providing Early Childhood Education.

We require children to be 3 years old by December 31st for our Prep Program.

We require children to be 4 years old by December 31st for our Scholars Program.

We require children to be at least 3 years old at the time of attending our Summer Program.

Starting our program the year your child turns 3 will deliver the best results. This means starting off in either in our Prep Program followed by our Scholars Program.

Some may believe that a 3-year-old child is too young to learn, but this is actually an ideal time to start. What your child learns, depends greatly on how the material is presented to them. Your child's mind is like a sponge at this age and can soak up information at a very high rate. Our highly qualified and experienced staff use research-based approaches to deliver highly effective programming. As long as the content is being delivered in a fun and structured way, your child will learn a great deal. Children act much differently in a classroom setting than at home. They begin Kindergarten with confidence and skills which allow them to excel and stay ahead of the curve.

When children begin Kindergarten, they are often overwhelmed by their surroundings, the number of children in the classroom, school expectations and being away from their parents. By providing children with an opportunity to experience classroom like surroundings and expectations before they enter school, they are better able to adjust and are more confident in their learning abilities. They also learn how to socialize with their same-age peers making a much easier and more successful adjustment to Kindergarten or the 1st Grade.

We have a specific Junior Kindergarten curriculum which teaches children the main concepts taught in Kindergarten, therefore better preparing them for their first year of schooling. Our curriculum and assessments are structured, but the activities are always creative, fun, and hands-on. With small class sizes children will receive one-on-one instructional time and individualized programming to best meet their needs. Many preschools do not have a coherent and sequenced curriculum, but rather a set of beliefs on how children learn.

The Cogito Program is the fastest growing program in the Edmonton Public School system. It requires your child to pass an entrance exam before they are accepted into the program. Everything on the Kindergarten exam is part of the JumpStart curriculum. 100% of our students who applied for the program have been accepted.

Cogito is just another approach to learning, it may or may not be best suited for your child's individual learning style. We do not promote one program over another. Contact us to set up a consultation and we can provide you with more in-depth information.

Children need to be 3 years old and fully potty trained before beginning our program. If your child turns 3 during the school year (September-June), he/she may begin our program at that time provided a spot is available.

Our class sizes vary by location but are no more than 12 children per class.
This is a very important factor to look for when searching for a program for your child. Due to children at this age having a very short attention span, they are very easily distracted. Quality One-on-One time with ALL children, and not just those that are struggling, means that every child can reach their potential.
For example, having a classroom with 12 children with 1 teacher is much more effective than a classroom with 24 children and 2 teachers as there are fewer distractions in the classroom. This is one of our core philosophies.

Our standard is 2 staff for a class of 12 students but at some locations we have a class as small as 6 children with 2 staff

Our Tuition Fees vary by location and class frequency.

Tuition Fees range from $175-$575/month. There is also a one-time registration fee that covers all your supplies.

Please contact us for more specific pricing.

We recommend that you come in to meet with our teacher(s) to get a better sense of our program. We have a very unique program created by Sharon Minhas. She has earned her Masters in Education from the University of Alberta and has been with the Edmonton Public School District for over 10 years. She's excelled in many roles including as a Kindergarten Teacher, Grade 1 Teacher and now as an English Language Learning Consultant.

Sharon is one of those teachers where parents in the community wanted to place their children in her class. Her colleagues in the next grade level always knew which students came from her class. She has taken her unique teaching approach and combined it with the best research-based practices. Our Jr. Kindergarten program is the only Preschool program with a curriculum that aligns with the Alberta Curriculum and allows your child to stay ahead of the curve during those critical first years of formal schooling.

Parents are NOT required to volunteer. Other preschools require parents to volunteer in order achieve there teacher/child ratios. We have sufficient staff and do not require parents to fill this need.

We do offer opportunites for parents to volunteer if they choose to do so. These opportunites occur throughout the year and will be outlined in the monthy newsletters.

Bi-monthly progress reports will be sent home to parents indicating which skills have been mastered and which skills we continue to work on. The progress report is based on the current Kindergarten Curriculum. This allows parents to be updated on their child’s progress regularly as well as providing parents with suggestions on what to work on at home to help their child succeed. Portfolios will also be kept to document learning through photos, artwork, and examples of student work. These portfolios are yours to keep when your child graduates!

Parents are NOT required to sign up for volunteer hours or fundraising events. Many other preschools and early education programs do require this.

However, we do provide volunteering opportunities!

The difference in the Scholars program is just the frequency of days you attend. The more days the better, so Scholars V would be the most effective but the most popular is Scholars 3.

We like to give the analogy of going to the gym, the more frequently you go, the better the results, however, going 1-2 times per week is still very effective.

Our standard program is the Scholars III option and then we add or remove lesson plans/activities designed to reinforce concepts in the other formats.

It all depends on your schedule and financial commitment.

Please call or email us and we can discuss the best approach for your child in more detail.

No, we do not provide snacks. We ask that Parents supply a snack. We allocate 10-15 min per day for snacks. For snack guidelines, see our Parent Handbook here:

https://www.jumpstartlearning.ca/Parent%20Handbook.pdf

We do not offer outdoor playtime. Students do go outside for curriculum related purchases like a nature walk or science experiment. Our program is only part-time and we concentrate on our core competencies. The students have the rest of the day to develop their gross motor skills in other activities!

This program is perfect for these types of students and is very highly recommended.

Research has found that when children are first exposed to an English speaking classroom, they go through a silent phase where they just observe. This phase can last anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on their level of comfort. By enrolling your child in JumpStart, he/she will be exposed to a small intimate English-speaking classroom environment. This exposure will provide him/her with the opportunity to feel comfortable in a shorter amount of time. This will aid your child to learn key English words at a quicker pace, providing a smoother transition into the Kindergarten classroom and school environment. Please note that continuing to speak the native language at home is highly recommend as your child learns English at school. Research suggests maintaining your native language in the home as children have the ability to learn many languages fluently in the early years of their education.

Please call or email us and we can discuss the best approach for your child in more detail.

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