In the early 1990s, teachers noticed that children in poverty entered kindergarten or grade one lacking many social, language, and learning skills. Sometimes their educational opportunities were minimal, their health jeopardized, and their self esteem low. As a result, these students were behind before they even got started.
In 1991, four fully-funded preschools were formed at King George, Pleasant Hill, Princess Alexandra, and Westmount Community Schools. Funding came from the province, service clubs, professional associations, churches, and individuals. Currently, the Ministry of Learning funds 35 prekindergartens in Saskatoon and the surrounding area.
The Saskatoon Inner City Preschool Foundation was created in 1994. In 1998 the name was changed to the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation as it became evident that there were families in all parts of our city having difficulty accessing preschool education for their children due to financial constraints.
Although not involved in their operations, the Foundation works in cooperation with approximately 90 preschool-type organizations in Saskatoon and area.
Why do we think preschool is important?
Good preschool programs promote learning and development by providing a wide variety of opportunities for children to…