Our play-based philosophy
The Lakeview Community Preschool is a learning community that offers our youngest community members' meaningful early educational experiences both in and out of the classroom. Our certified teachers and dedicated parent volunteers work together to infuse our spaces and programs with a sense of safety, comfort, and playfulness, allowing students to grow the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills to thrive in kindergarten and beyond!
"Play is the highest form of research."
Our program has evolved out of a strong sense of community in Lakeview. In 1967, a young mother named Mrs. Blasken brought together families who were interested in creating opportunities for young children to develop their social skills with same-aged peers. Parent volunteers began teaching out of the Lakeview Community Association until 1978, when certified teachers and a larger space were needed to meet growing demand for the program.
In 2007, our teachers and parent volunteer board designed and renovated a space at the Lakeview Baptist Church where we continue to offer licensed and regulated early childhood education programming year round. Today, our program continues to emphasize the important role parents and families play in the transition from toddler to kindergartner. Parent involvement in and out of the classroom empower their children to explore, inquire, create, experiment, and ultimately learn how to learn.
The design and renovation of our 1000 sq. ft. classroom at the Lakeview Baptist Church in 2007 centred around the early childhood educational goals of our community. In addition to our formal class space, our teachers and students have access to a gymnasium, green space, playground, kitchen and theatre! Teachers are encouraged to use and adapt these spaces throughout the year based on the unique interests and priorities of each class they teach.
Our preschool classes follow the Calgary Board of Education's traditional calendar. We offer the following the following class options to eligible families (see eligibility requirements for more information):
Tuesdays & Thursdays, September to May
Our three-year-old program has a morning cohort and afternoon cohort of up to 12 students each and to a maximum of 24 students total.
Morning: 9:15 AM - 11:30 AM (2.25 hrs)
Afternoon: 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM (2.25 hrs)
WITH before and after care **NEW**
Morning: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (3.5 hrs)
Afternoon: 12:20 PM -3:50 PM (3.5 hrs)
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, September to June
Morning: 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM (2.25 hrs)
Afternoon: 1:25 PM - 3:55 PM (2.25 hrs)
WITH before and after care **NEW**
Morning: 8:45 AM - 12:25 PM (3.75 hrs)
Afternoon: 12:45 PM - 4:25 PM (3.75 hrs)
Ms. Lorelei Funke
3-year-old AM. 3-year-old PM. 4-year-old PM.
Ms. Funke is a certified early childhood educator who recently celebrated her 20th anniversary teaching at the Lakeview Community Preschool.
Mrs. Kim Jenkins
Mrs. Jenkins is a former CBE teacher who began teaching at the Lakeview Community Preschool in 2012 (another anniversary!).
Our parent board
Our program is operated by a parent volunteer board. Members of the board serve a two-year term and meet monthly to plan events, fundraise, and support our teachers with programming. If you are interested in joining the board in 2023/2024, please contact us. You will receive priority for registration. We are currently looking for three positions for 2023/2024 that help with marketing, fundraising and registration.