Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten

What is special about our Junior Kindergarten program?

The JK program focuses on hands-on learning and outdoor exploration. The program is run out of a classroom at Elizabeth Rummel School (ERS). Our Junior Kindergarten program offers children the opportunity to explore, grow and play in a safe and secure environment by allowing children to develop literacy, creativity and social emotional skills through exploration both indoors and outdoors.

We have two teachers with a max class size of 18. Our program focuses on the five developmental domains for the early years- ‘SPICE’ Social, Physical (Gross & Fine Motor), Intellectual (cognitive and communication) Creative (Arts, Imagination, problem-solving,) and Emotional domains.

What is the cost of the program?

For the 2022-23 school year the program cost will be $2150 for the school year ($215 per month from September-June).

After school care in our Marmot program is an additional $245 per month for two afternoons 3-5:45pm, subject to availability. Marmot camps also run during school holidays for an additional cost.

Volunteer opportunities

Families are required to complete 4 volunteer hours per year. We have many ways for you to complete your volunteer hours such as fundraising, laundry, maintenance etc.

You are not required to volunteer in the classroom, although you are always welcome to visit and share a passion, professional knowledge or cultural experience with our JK students. We do ask for parent helpers to assist on field trips (such as sledding, skating and riding the roam bus to explore our local community). We welcome parent helpers on excursions; however, these trips do not count towards volunteer hours.


We offer a full day program from 8:30-2:30pm two days a week; Mon and Weds OR Tues and Thurs. We follow the ERS Kindergarten calendar and observe all school closures/holidays.

Our schedule includes two extend periods of outside play, structured circle times focusing on language development through stories, finger plays, music and games. We also use Handwriting without tears program which is a multi sensory approach to exploring early literacy. We ask that your child come dressed for the elements as our outdoor play is central to our learning.


What age does my child need to be?

Children must be 4 years old by December 31st of the year they began JK to be eligible for the program.

Who teaches the program?

Alice Conniff has been working for Canmore Daycare Society for 10 years. She is a qualified teacher with much experience teaching early childhood education. She has been leading the JK program for the past 4 years. She is also the mother of two school aged boys.

We look forward to joining you and your child on their learning journey.


For more information, please visit www.canmoredaycre.com and contact the Junior Kindergarten staff [email protected] 

Eileen McCabe, Executive Director

Alice Conniff, Lead JK Educator