Sherwood Park, AB. — Registration for the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Play and Learn at School (PALS) pre-kindergarten program for the 2024-25 school year is now open. PALS provides early learning intervention programming for children between the ages of two years, eight months and four years, seven months—by September 1 annually—who are experiencing moderate to severe delays in speech-language or motor-skills development.

The PALS program is offered at:

  • A.L. Horton Elementary | Vegreville
  • Ardrossan Elementary | Ardrossan
  • École Parc Élémentaire | Fort Saskatchewan
  • Lamont Elementary | Lamont
  • Pine Street Elementary | Sherwood Park

Highlights of the program include:

  • Small child-to-adult ratios
  • Play-based, active learning
  • Literacy and language-rich environments
  • Quality, early childhood programming that supports healthy child development
  • Certificated teachers and educational assistants
  • Specialized support services, including speech-language pathologists and occupational/physical therapists
  • Enhanced transition planning to kindergarten
  • Support for diverse learners
  • Family involvement opportunities
  • Inclusion with school activities
  • Ability to meet individual needs
  • Assistive technology for learning

Is Your Child Eligible for PALS?

To determine if your child—born in 2020 or 2021—would benefit from the PALS program, EIPS offers free, speech-language assessments. The assessment findings help determine if the PALS pre-kindergarten program is an appropriate fit for your child for the coming school year. For more information, and to determine your child’s eligibility for the program, visit and complete the PALS Program Request Form or call 780-417-8219.


Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,750 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.


PALS registration
Kindergarten registration
Grades 1-12 registration


For more information, media can contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902