• PO Box 25150, Saskatoon SK, S7K 1H0
  • E: spf@spsd.sk.ca
  • P: 306-250-0533

History

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 Education funds 35 prekindergarten programs 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 115 preschool-type organizations in Saskatoon and area.


Why is preschool important?

Research indicates that attending a high quality preschool program is beneficial to children of all socioeconomic backgrounds in terms of:

  • academic success during primary grades (e.g. increase in test scores and decrease in referral to special education) and
  • long term measures of success such as high school graduation
Research also indicates that long term benefits for children in low socioeconomic families are the most significant related to high school graduation rates and prosocial behavior.
 
Standardized assessments of Kindergarten children at the beginning of the school year suggest that children who have attended preschool begin kindergarten with a 4 to 8 month advantage in areas such as:
  • letter-word identification
  • spelling
  • applied (math) problems

Most studies of the social behavior have found persistent positive effects and none have found persistent negative effects.

Another long term benefit includes decreased involvement in juvenile delinquency and adult crime.

Given the limited number of publicly funded prekindergarten programs in Saskatoon, many parents are left with the financial responsibilities of sending their children to preschool. Tuition for community preschool averages $1000/year, which is well beyond the financial resources of many families. Preschool tuition subsidies go a long way toward alleviating this situation.

References for this information are available upon request (spf@spsd.sk.ca)

SPF Board Members

President                   Jennifer Boutin

Vice-President            Laurie Lanovaz

Treasurer                    Erica Fu

Secretary                    Andy Chiang

Members at Large:     Jean Bacon

                                                    Rochelle Blocka

                                                    Trona Guenther

                                                    Kathy Harrison

                                                    Holly Matkowski

                                                    Arley Wieler

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Parents and preschool teachers have shared many insights into the benefits of preschool …

 One of the parents whose child received a subsidy said that he had seen his child become more creative, using innovative ideas to try different activities at home during the year she was in preschool....Read More