Core Education & Fine Arts
CEFA was established in 1998 and is Canada’s leading private school for children ages one to five. Our proprietary, award-winning curriculum is based on the latest research in child & brain development and helps get children ready for kindergarten—and for life!
The Importance of Early Learning
The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical in brain development and can have a dramatic positive impact on the rest of their lives. Having your child attend CEFA during these formative years will change your child’s ability, capacity, and propensity to learn, for life. Our schools are designed to provide your child with the right education (physical, social, intellectual, and emotional) at the right time.
Core Education & Fine Arts
We’ve earned a reputation for developing and fostering intellect, creativity, social skills, gross & fine motor skills, confidence, and self awareness for preschool aged children with an unparalleled foundation in education, arts, and the humanities. Our full-day early childhood education and junior kindergarten programs offer the finest and most sophisticated early learning daycare and preschool programs in Canada.
See what franchise partners, parents and teachers say about CEFA.
I was amazed by CEFAAs a licensed Early Childhood Educator specializing in special needs and Infant Toddler, I understand and appreciate the benefits of the CEFA program. The first time I visited a CEFA school, I was amazed. It was different from all other centres, with classrooms for every age group equipped with developmentally appropriate toys, in-house chef’s, and teachers - not just care providers. CEFA had a clearly defined curriculum that fostered and developed so many areas that children need - arts, academics, social skills, nutrition, gross and fine motor skills, diversity, play, problem solving, and participation just to name a few. At the time, I couldn’t imaging working anywhere that didn't have the same magical feeling that CEFA provided. I'm now the proud owner of 5 cefa locations, and have such pride and satisfaction knowing that our schools, teachers, and staff are making a great difference for our families, our communities, and for our children.
We lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learningHaving been in the education field for over 14 years and worked for other child care centres, I can truly see the benefits of CEFA Early Learning. I began my career with CEFA in 2008 when I started working as a Teacher at the CEFA Langley school. I soon progressed to become the Principal of our beautiful CEFA Richmond school as my passion for the program was evident.
What I love most about CEFA is the support system in place for teachers and the respect that you’re given as an educator. It is refreshing to work for a centre that focuses entirely on the child. Over the years, CEFA has become a role model for other centres and is now a leader in the field. I am proud to be a part of CEFA and am passionate about helping lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning to the youngest generation.
When we first enrolled Bradley at cefa it was for two reasons: to provide him with some social interaction skills and to give him a good start at an education. Our expectations were exceeded in every way.
The most telling trait of your school is his love of learning. Even on his days off he asks to be there. He’s excited about his class lessons, his friends, his teachers and about himself. He is confident, thoughtful, happy, and inquisitive. The program that you have put together fosters not just an understanding of the basic concepts such as the alphabet and numbers but problem solving, interest development, confidence building, and creativity.
The foundation that cefa has given Bradley will benefit more than simply his academic career. It is the building blocks of exceptional character development. The preparation he has received is for more than just school, it is for life.
With confidence we recommend your school to all parents who want to develop their child’s complete potential.
The bright and lively atmosphere for learning has seen the boys develop independence and confidence in themselves, in a new place and a new country.
Having had one of my sons graduate from the cefa program already, I have seen him achieve above and beyond the elementary curriculum he's currently in. The transition to elementary school was very smooth.
Before cefa, the boys had attended a year of pure Montessori, and it was found that for the self-starter student, the method had a bit more of an impact than for the child who needs more guidance and encouragement. I have two children, one of them who is quite the self-starter and did well in the Montessori environment, and the other, of a more cautious personality did not seem to progress as well.
At cefa, they both progressed at admirable rates with both guidance and encouragement in the cefa approach.
Having had both my sons go through the cefa program, I definitely recommend it both for the avid student as well as for the average student. I find your method greatly benefits all children and develops them to their full potential.
Firstly, I must congratulate you on creating a first-class pre-school establishment. I know (from too much previous experience) that there is nothing else out there like it. I wish we had come to CEFA much sooner. It is a wonderful professional environment, and at the same time, one which has a very friendly, easy atmosphere, in which you feel immediately comfortable.
The JK3 teaching staff have been fabulous. With great gentleness and kindness, they fostered an environment of learning that was fun, stimulating and safe. At the same time, they helped guide the children towards an appreciation of higher social values – I find support in this area critical. I admired how the teacher’s, guided by the students’ interests, undauntedly tackled more advanced topics (e.g. the solar system) and achieved incredible success. Nicole’s retention of the facts was amazing, and she loved to recount at home what she had learned! We also very much appreciated the genuine interest the teachers displayed in Nicole’s progress.
We enjoyed the many “extras” CEFA provides, especially in the area of parental support. In particular, we appreciated the extended hours to accommodate working parents’ schedules, and providing meals for the children. Chef Tobin is to be commended on the child-friendly, yet nutritious food he prepares.
Last, but not least, let’s examine the product: Simply stated, Nicole has had a wonderful year. She was eager to get to school each day, and never failed to say “I had a great day” whenever I picked her up. She has made great strides intellectually and emotionally in the past year. Nicole will be a young, yet confident Kindergartener. We know she is well prepared.
Thank you for a very happy association with CEFA. We wish you and all your staff a wonderful summer, and much further success in the future.
I love working for CEFAI have been a Teacher with CEFA for over a year and love the work ethic. As a CEFA Teacher I am given so much help along the way, the support system is great! The children love all elements of the program and it’s amazing to see them improve each year. I’m so glad I decided to move to CEFA as I really feel like I am making a difference!
My child loves CEFAOur daughter Elise started as a student at CEFA when she was only 15 months old, and we absolutely love it! We have seen her flourish and grow leaps and bounds since she started. Her vocabulary has increased dramatically, and she is so much more inquisitive, and seems so mature compared to her friends!
We chose CEFA because they offer a curriculum program and not just play. Even though Elise has lots of play and exploration in her day, she also is learning to read, and to write, and she is loving the STEM curriculum.
The teachers are so warm, caring and welcoming, and really take a genuine interest in our daughter and our family. Daylene, the Principal, is always smiling and greeting students and parents in the morning – it’s such a great way to start the day!
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are provided by their in-house chef who creates nutritious delicious meals all prepared according to the Canadian food guide, so I have no worries about her nutrition and I especially love that I don’t need to prepare anything for the day – CEFA takes care of everything, which means I have more time to spend with my daughter. Plus, she enjoys the meals so much that I’ve even asked for some recipes to make at home.
I love that I never have to worry about what Elise wears in the morning as she wears a uniform. I drop her off at school with the confidence that she will have a wonderful day and I never need to worry about her wellbeing while at work. She loves school so much that she doesn’t want to come home when I go to pick her up at the end of the day. I couldn’t ask for anything more – CEFA definitely exceeds my expectations!
We feel blessed to have been able to give Noelie the opportunity to learn at cefa since she was 21 months old, from cefa baby through to JK3, and thankful to the teachers for their dedication and hard work. Her acceptance into York House for kindergarten is proof once again of the high educational standards cefa has as a preparatory preschool.
We look forward to her graduation from cefa with bittersweet joy, and so appreciative for the joy of learning now instilled in our daughter.
On a personal front, he has (it seems) almost overnight acquired a steady potty-going habit and a marked improvement in his self-feeding (no doubt encouraged by the clever, child-friendly, enticing food prepared by the chef).
Although we were apprehensive at first about leaving our little boy in the hands of strangers for the better part of the day, and although it was really hard in the first few weeks to separate from an anxious toddler who had never been away from mummy before, we now take him to cefa these days quite comfortable in the knowledge that his physical needs are taken care of, his emotions considered, and his intellect encouraged.
We are also encouraged by the strong parent involvement in the school with parents contacting each other regularly to participate in field trips and other miscellaneous activities which really help to form a sense of community and involvement.
We thank you and all the teachers at cefa for making Matthew’s first foray into schooling a fun, stimulating and nurturing one.
Over the last nine months at CEFA, we have observed teachers excited about teaching and Eliscia having fun learning. You and your teachers have created a warm and supportive educational environment for our daughter and for that we are truly grateful.
A great big thank you to the teachers of Junior Kindergarten One – Mrs. Morris, Ms. Senang, Ms. Garania and Ms. Do – for teaching and respecting our daughter. You have all made and are continuing to make a positive mark on Eliscia’s personality and intellectual growth.