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Calgary offers a wealth of options when it comes to schools in the city: public, Catholic, francophone, bilingual, language immersion, private, charter, religious, sports-focused, arts-focused, music-focused, science-focused.

The city offers as well child care and pre-school options. If you have a lower income, you may be eligible for some government help to cover the costs of childcare.

To find Calgary day cares, pre-schools, family day homes, out of school care or group family child care, the government has a great child care search tool.

As home to more immigrants than any other community in Alberta, Calgary offers many English as a second language (ESL) schools in the city. Most immigrant-serving centres and organizations also provide ESL classes, while there are programs in place for younger students within both the public and Catholic school systems.