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FMPSD’s Annual ECDP Open House Events Go Virtual Starting March 4

FMPSD’s Annual ECDP Open House Events Go Virtual Starting March 4

Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is all set for our annual Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) open house events on March 4 and 5, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the events will be virtual this year. Children who were born in 2017 are eligible to start ECDP for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents/guardians can choose a variety of options ranging from French Immersion, to Christian or Reggio Inspired. Register here to book your appointments for the virtual open house. And, check out this informative ECDP video as well.

FMPSD’s Early Learning program focusing on ECDP and Kindergarten students goes above and beyond to ensure students develop confidence, with a strong focus on language skills as well as social and emotional skills. 

Rhonda Blanchette, Supervisor of Inclusive Education for the Fort McMurray Public School Division, explains more on why attending these open house events is important.

“The Early Childhood Development Program Open House is an optimal time for families to be introduced to both educational programming as well as the school that will be involved in their child’s early learning experiences. This year, there are two parts to the open house. The Virtual Open House Whole Group event on Thursday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m., gives parents an opportunity to be introduced to our philosophy of whole-child learning, which incorporates a play-based learning environment with academic rigor. This approach helps to prepare children academically and socially for Kindergarten, grade one, and all future learning.”

“The second part is a Virtual Meet and Greet for individual families, either after the Whole Group event on Thursday evening or from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Friday, March 5. This Meet and Greet appointment allows parents and children to meet an ECDP classroom teacher virtually and ask any questions they may have.”

In addition, Blanchette notes, a “multidisciplinary team supports the programming needs and progress of our young learners. Complementing the certified teacher in the classroom, the team may also include a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist. These specialists provide early intervention supports for children in developing their speech and language skills as well as fine motor and gross motor skills. These team member specialists will meet our youngest learners once the new school year gets underway in the fall.” 

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open now, and can be completed online

We hope to virtually see everyone at the open house events. See the poster below for further information: