City Preschool

CITY Preschool is a City-run licensed preschool program for ages three to five that complements the City’s early learning programs. The preschool operates out of the City’s beautiful new Port Coquitlam Community Centre in downtown Port Coquitlam.

Registration for 2023/2024 opens February 7, 2023 for Port Coquitlam residents and February 10, 2023 for the general public.

City Preschool Logo

The City Preschool is licensed by Fraser Health to operate a preschool for children aged three to five years.

Program Description

The program aligns with the City’s other early learning and child development programs.

Utilizing the amenities at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, the licensed preschool will provide a warm and nurturing environment energized by children’s natural curiosity.

Programs are designed to take a children’s first approach to learning, utilizing an emergent curriculum that helps children develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. We promote Life -long learning – the ABC’s to life are autonomy, belonging and confidence.

Our experienced preschool leaders will provide a personalized learning experience that is guided by the BC Early Learning Framework. The framework provides continuity of learning from preschool to kindergarten so that children are prepared to enter the primary program.

Register now at

Hours & Fees

City preschool is pleased to offer a variety of times to meet the needs of families. City preschool will operate from September to June 2023/2024.

City Preschool AM  (M,W,F)

  • Barcode 75460
  • Sept 11- June 14
  • 9:15am-1:15pm
  • Year: $3534 Monthly Fee $353.40

City Preschool AM (Tu, Th)

  • Barcode 75822
  • Sept 12- June 13
  • 9:15am-12:15pm
  • Year $1995 Monthly Fee $199.50

City Preschool PM (Tu, Th)

  • Barcode 75823
  • Sept 12- June 13
  • 1:30-4:30pm
  • Year $1995 Monthly Fee $199.50
Registration Process

To begin the registration process, please complete the following:

  • Set up a profile at – ensure to include your email address
  • Register for the City Preschool
    • February 7, 2023 for Port Coquitlam residents
    • February 10, 2023 for general public
  • Complete the participation information package

Once you are registered in the City Preschool program:

  • An email will be sent to you in August with children information forms required to be completed prior to the program start date.
Financial Assistance

We understand that childcare can be expensive, there is Financial Funding Available to families.

Assistance through the City

Families can also access assistance through the government

  • For financial assistance through the Affordable Child Care Benefit Program for licensed preschools check out:

Once the program begins you then apply for the government subsidies.

Family Handbook

The City of Port Coquitlam’s play-based preschool programs are designed to take a children’s first approach to learning – utilizing open ended activities, explorations and free play to grow and inspire children’s unique interests.

Download our Family Handbook.

Preparing for Preschool

Preschool is a big transition for children (and parents too!) as they learn classroom routines, make friendships, and gain independence.

To set children up for success we offer transition programs at the City of Port Coquitlam and highly recommend your child participate in one before entering preschool. Recreational programs are offered seasonally in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

To set your little on up for success, our recommendation is to participate in the following programs:

  • Play Mania (0-6yrs)
    • Parent participation drop in play in our gymnasiums to be active, meet friends and explore our recreation centers.
  • Hand in Hand (1-4yrs)
    • Parent participation program where an instructor teachers children songs and crafts. Infant brothers and sisters welcome.
  • Ready, Set, Go (2.5-3.5 yrs)
    • An hour program where children are gentle introduced to routines with free time and circle time
    • Parents must remain in the building.
  • Playschool Prep (2.5-5 yrs)
    • An hour and half program where children prepare for the routines of school.
    • This structured program will include free play, circle time, learning time, music, crafts and snack time! Send a snack with your child.
  • Playschool Inside & Outside ( 3-5 yrs )
    • A 2 hour program where children prepare for the routines of school by walking and exploring nature. 1 Day is outside exploring trails and 1 day is inside learning routines.
    • This shorter structured program is a great transition to our longer licensed City Preschool Program! Located at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.


Emily Moughtin
Recreation Specialist – ECE
Tel: 604.927.5294

Sandra Battle
Recreation Coordinator – Children Services
Tel: 604.927.5182