Who we are…
We are a small Out Of School Care (OOSC) program in SE Calgary, licensed by the province of Alberta. We are committed to serving the needs of working parents who desire quality child care for their school age children. We currently offer before and after school care to students of Douglasdale School and Mountain Park School.
Where we are…
During the school year we are located within Douglasdale School in the community of Douglasdale.
400 Douglas Park Blvd. SE. Calgary, AB.
During summer months we operate from the Queensland Community Centre.
Queensland Community Association
649 Queensland Drive SE. Calgary, AB.
How to contact us…
Our phone number is (403) 269-7837 (269-STEP)
Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mailing address is:
A Step Ahead
315 – 5155 130th Ave. SE.
Calgary, AB. T2Z 0N3
We provide a safe place for kids in Grades 1-6, to play, relax, and have fun during their ‘out of school’ hours. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels accepted and valued by nurturing each child’s self-worth and by modeling respectfulness, empathy and consideration of others.
We encourage imagination, curiosity, and camaraderie with conscientious and creative programming aimed at providing children with an abundance of opportunities to explore their world creatively, try new things, be active, and strengthen positive social skills. Our goal is to see all of our students relish the joys of childhood.
Children have the opportunity to engage in ‘free-play’, with arts and crafts, dramatic play, games and puzzles, construction/building/creating toys, outside and park play, gym, and rotating stations. Rotating stations include activities such as carpentry, sewing, take-apart, music, science, nature, sculpting etc.
Children are also given structured or ‘leader-guided’ activities to choose from, such as a craft or art project, group games or challenges, drama activities, science experiments, investigation stations, homework and reading challenge, clubs and community projects.
Hours of operation…
Out of School Care programs run from September to June.
On regular school days we open at 6:45AM and close at 6:00PM.
During the school year we offer full-day programs on most days that children have no school (such as PD days, Teacher’s Convention…etc.)
Full day program days we open at 7:00AM and close at 6:00PM.
During our July summer camp program, we open at 7:00AM and close at 5:30PM. Please note - we close for the month of August.
Please note-our program is not available to kindergarten children at this time.
Registration fee- $100. This is a one time-fee for the initial enrollment of a child into school age care.
Full time, Before School Morning Care and After School age care- are all $475/month
This entitles families access to before school care, after school care, and full-day programs and care on PD Days,
early dismissals, teacher’s convention etc. In addition, no fees or surcharges are levied for field trips or extra activities during the school year.
Before School Morning Care-
Due to the DDS bell time changes in September 2018 we will no longer be able to offer a 'morning care only' option.
Part time care- Unfortunately we are not able to offer part time care for children who only require care on certain days of the week. Drop-in care may be available on select days.
Parents who occasionally require Out Of School Care services may be able to utilize our drop-in programs.
Drop In before school - $20
Drop In after school - $35
Drop In before and after school - $40
Drop In Early dismissal (1/2 day) -$50
Drop In on a full day (camps days, PD days, Org days) - $65
It is important to note that Drop-In care is only available as space permits and must be arranged prior to your child attending each time.
On many Non-school days (such as PD Days, parent-teacher interview days, early dismissals) A Step Ahead will be open for care. Space is usually available for students to attend our Drop-In programs on these days. Give us a call or drop us an email! We would be happy to let you know if space is available and what activities we’ll be up to!
Interested in registering? …
We currently have a wait list, so we recommend adding your name at your earliest convenience. To be added to our wait list, email us at email@example.com .
In the subject line please write “Wait list for… (the time you’re interested in your child starting) IE “Wait list for fall 2017”.
In the body of your email, please state the preferred start date again and please include your child’s name, age, grade, parent’s name, emails and best contact phone numbers.
Once we receive your email we will reply to let you know we have added your child to our wait list. No fees or forms are required until we are able to offer you a space in our program.
Please follow the links below to access more information in our Parent Handbook, Important Dates documents, and for further information about our summer camp program.
You may also download and print a registration form.
2018 - 2019 Parent Handbook
2018 - 2019 Important Dates
2017 - 2018 Important Dates
Out of School Care Registration Form (pdf)
Summer Camp 2018