Whispering Hills Day Care Society

Executive Director, Kristy Sliwkanich
Program Director, Shelby Hodge

Whispering Hills Day Care Society
2 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 0A3

Phone: 780-675-7946
Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 7:30 am - *6:00 pm
*University Day Care Site closes at 5:30 pm

Closed all Statutory Holidays & 3 business days between Christmas and New Years

Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Proud to be named an Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Centre

 Whispering Hills University and Multiplex Day Care Sites are excited to have been named two of the 100 new Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres across Alberta.

Starting May 1, 2018, we will offer:
-Capped parent fees at $25/day care,
-Begin implementing the early learning and child care curriculum framework*,
-Inclusive supports for children with diverse needs,
-support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children,
-access to parenting resources and supports for families,
-support for vulnerable families.

Thank you for your interest in our Early Learning and Child Care Centre program. Please understand that because space is limited, our program is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. To be included on our waiting list, please fill out our registration form indicating your preferred start date. We will contact you should a space become available.  

Links and resources

If you have additional questions about Alberta’s new Early Learning and Child Care Centres, please contact:   ELCC@gov.ab.ca.

*Play, Participation, and Possibilities: An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta by Makovichuk,L., Hewes, J., Lirette, P., & Thomas, N., is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution –NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on the work found at www.childcareframework.com
Spring 2018
We recently held our Annual General Meeting where we reported on the past year and reviewed our plans for the year ahead. Thank you to all who attended. If you were unable to make it you can contact our office to obtain the reports, ask questions and give feedback.

The programs have been busy in play! The children in our Out of School Care Program have been conducting science experiments and exploring the concepts of Cause & Effect. Some of their experiments have included an exploration of magnetic energy and using the chemical reaction between a base and an acid to create art!

At our Multiplex Day Care Site has had many interest topics on the go as the children follow the construction that is happening around our building. They have moved earth with play trucks and machines, painted and constructed with wood and enjoyed the demolition! They have been creating 'store front' dramatic play spaces exchanging play money and exploring different shops such as a beauty parlour/barber, consignment store and grocer.

The infants and toddlers at our University Day Care Site have been having a blast riding in make-shift vehicles around the room, pushing objects and creating sound effects. They explored thier 5 senses with sensory bottles and played with the concepts of wet/dry, heavy/light and sound.  
This Spring we will be making some much needed motifications to our outdoor play spaces at our Day Care sites. Our Program Director has been busy researching a Reggio-based outdoor play environment. Moving from the traditional playground equipment to a more holistic, natural and multidimensional environment will align us with the principals set out in Alberta's Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework: Play, Participation and Possibilities. Contact our office to learn more about our playground improvement plans and the steps we are taking to implement the Curriculum Framework.

Our Board of Directors has two vacancies for directors open to parents, guardians and interested community members. This is a minimal commitment with approximately 10 meetings per year lasting one hour each. Our Society relies on a Board in order to thrive and cannot function without these vital executive members. If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a board member or just wants to learn more about it please contact our office for the next meeting date and time. 
“Moving from the traditional playground equipment to a more holistic, natural and multidimensional environment..."

Schedule of Events

Below is a list of upcoming events and closure dates. Please take note of these dates and contact our office with any questions or comments.
  1. 30
    Registration Night
    Registration Nights held for infants and toddlers at our University Day Care Site and children 3-5 years old at our Multiplex Day Care Site. 4 pm to 7 pm.
  2. 1
    Day Care Fees Capped at $25/day
    Rates for our University Day Care Site and Multiplex Day Care Site will be capped at $25 per day ($550 per month) following notification of our receipt of 2 Government of Alberta ELCC Grants!
  3. 5
    Grant MacEwan Child Care Conference
    Staff members will be participating in the annual Child Care Conference held at MacEwan University. Sessions include: Emergent Curriculum, the Playwork approach in ASC; Making Play Visible; and Support for ECE's in Alberta.
  4. 21
    All programs are closed for Victoria Day
  5. 29
    School is out and Summer Programming begins! Athabasca and Area Coalition 4 Success is operating through our program again this year and we have some exciting additional programming lined up! Contact our office for a calendar of events.
  6. 2
    All programs are closed for Canada Day