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Early Childhood Program (for 3 & 4 yr-olds)
This program is developmentally sequenced and based on the understanding that play is the natural method of learning for children. We use the services of a musician, a puppeteer, and a language and literacy specialist to add fun and enrichment to this program. It has been designed for children to participate in either a morning or an afternoon session.

The program for three-year-olds runs Tuesday and Thursday (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:40 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at the Westside Recreation Centre in southwest Calgary.
Four-year-olds attend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:40 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). These times offer opportunities for "children to learn", while their parents enjoy the facilities of the Recreation Centre.

These Early Childhood programs are currently offered at the Westside site.



Kindergarten (ECS) Program (Designated)
The ECS program offers a curriculum that is required by Alberta Learning. It offers the advantages of small class size and effective child/teacher ratios (between 10 to 12 students to one teacher). This program runs five mornings or afternoons per week (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

The ECS programs are currently offered at the Signal Hill (Palace) site only.

    Kindergarten (ECS) Enhancement Program
This is a second ECS program offered if your child is enrolled in another school-based program.
Transportation is provided to certain schools*. (* John Costello, OlympicHeights).
The ECS programs are currently offered at the Signal Hill (Palace) site only.

    Before and After School Care (School Age Program)

This program meets the needs of children under 13, before and after school. Activities are integrated with the richness of the resources of the Westside Recreation Centre.
Transportation is provided to and from your child's school.
The program runs Monday to Friday (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Full-day service is provided, when needed (e.g., School PD days, early dismissal, etc).
Service is povided to the following schools:
John Costello & Olympic Heights - Westside
John Costello, Olympic Heights & Batallion Park - Signal Hill
Westside Recreation Centre Site and Signal Hill Sites.


Special Needs Education
Heartland also offers a special education program under the mandate of Alberta Learning for children three to five years of age with special needs.
The following assessment and therapy services are offered within this program:

  • Development Assessments -- this program is for children up to the age of six years. It measures a child's functioning across eight developmental areas (against a standardized norm). It targets areas of strength and areas for development that are specific to each child;
  • Speech and Language (assessment and therapy completed by speech pathologists);
  • Gross and Fine Motor (assessments and therapy by occupational therapist);
  • Psycho-educational (testing & reports). This includes cognitive, behavioral and emotional and attention deficit testing.
The Special Education programs are offered at all locations including Monterey Park, Signal Hill (mornings), and St. Stephen's (Head Office) locations only.

There is little or no cost to this program for children who qualify. Please ask about this service.
Some busing available.

Please note that The Heartland Agency reserves the right to cancel or move a program if enrolment is insufficient. Fees are subject to change depending upon program enhancements.