The Best Daycare In Calgary Isn't A Daycare.

At CEFA Calgary, we are all that and more. Core Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) is an Early Learning Private School with a proprietary and award-winning curriculum designed to educate and develop your whole child—academically, emotionally, physically, and socially so they’re ready for kindergarten—and for life!

Developing a better way of learning

CEFA Childcare in Calgary Offering Core Education and Fine Arts.

CEFA Calgary is more than a daycare or traditional childcare centre. CEFA Early Learning opened its first school over 20 years ago in B.C. and is now Canada’s leading private school for children ages one to six. Trusted by parents since 1998, CEFA has earned a reputation for developing intellect in the early years, and for providing children with the finest start in education, arts, and the humanities.

CEFA students develop and play along with other children who are the same age, and they are always learning and playing—not just learning, and not just playing. At CEFA, core fundamental skills are at the heart of our curriculum.

We offer an incredible opportunity and and enriched curriculum for students to not only explore and learn, but to discover how they can contribute to the world.

Now open in Calgary South, our Early Learning School is brand-new and located in a beautiful, large, stand-alone building just off Macleod Trail SW. Our Calgary South location spans 9,000 square feet and boasts 11 spacious, natural finished classrooms, a Gross Motor gym, and a secure outdoor playground for children ages one to six. We have capacity to cater our program to 162 children.

After twenty successful years of operating in British Columbia, we are thrilled to be a part of the Calgary South community. Our location is easy to access and great for parents who are commuting.

Email us at or feel free to give us a call for more information or to book a tour at 403-217-9675. You can also fill out an inquiry form.

At CEFA Calgary South, Early Childhood Education is affordable.

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Children Need More Than Childcare To Thrive. Give Them The Best of Both Childcare and Early Learning.

Did you know that the first five years are the most important in a child’s learning journey? Our schools are designed to provide your child with the right education at the right time: during the brain’s most formative period.

Having your child attend CEFA will help change their ability to learn, for life. What you give your child by enrolling them at CEFA Early Learning Private School is curriculum that ensures that their future is the best and most successful it can possibly be.

Our Early Childhood Education curriculum is proprietary and award-winning. We offer an enriched program to students that includes Fine Arts (such as Drama, Music, Dance, and Yoga), as well Core Education Subjects (such as S.T.E.M., Reading, and Writing). Our Teachers have their Early Childhood Education licences as well as specialized CEFA Teacher Training Certification, so our children learn from the very best. We provide a healthy and nurturing environment for your child, enabling you to be happy in the knowledge that your child is safe and stimulated throughout the day.

Set them up for lifelong learning and wellbeing

Studies like the Abecedarian Project, and the Perry Preschool Project, have shown that high quality early learning can have a powerful and lasting positive influence on children, and even the communities where they live.  Children take with them the benefits and confidence that they gain from this foundation throughout their entire lives. As a private early learning school focused on Core Education and Fine Arts, our proprietary curriculum is the most sophisticated of its kind in Canada and designed to educate and develop your child—to get them kindergarten ready, and life ready. We believe your child’s education is one of the best investments you can make.

News & Updates

See what’s going on at CEFA Calgary.

Check out our latest updates below.

  • Chef’s Sample Menu – Our in-house chef prepares hot and nutritious meals each day for our students to enjoy.
  • Applications – We welcome applications at any time, although we recommend registering at birth for our unique CEFA programs.
  • Parent Package – this includes everything you need to know regarding school tuition

Early Childhood Educators – Our teachers are licensed Early Childhood Educators and are trained in the highest standards of child development and safety.

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School Closures

In case of inclement weather conditions or power outages which prevent CEFA Early Learning from providing service to families, the school’s Franchise Partner will make an early morning decision to close the school based on our School District.

Snow closures – In the event of heavy snowfall, our first priority is the safety of our families and staff. We expect to be open every day throughout the winter. However, if the public schools in your School District has made the decision to not open schools because the roads are deemed too unsafe for travel CEFA will also be closed.

Current Openings

We welcome applications from new families at any time, although we recommend registering at birth for any of our unique CEFA programs.

  • CEFA Baby (ages 1-2): accepting applications
  • Junior Kindergarten One (ages 2-3): accepting applications
  • Junior Kindergarten Two (ages 3-4): accepting applications
  • Junior Kindergarten Three (ages 4-6): accepting applications



Contact Us

9625 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary, AB  T2J 0P6

Open Houses

Please contact the school for a private tour.

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday: 7:00AM to 5:30PM

Hours subject to change with notice.