First Friends Preschool & Educational Centre is a preschool and Out of School care program located in the wonderful community of Bridlewood in Calgary.

Our Teachers

Carrie graduated from the University of Lethbridge where she obtained a Bachelor of Education with Honours with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts.

Carrie Barmash

Owner/Director and Teacher
Ceilynn graduated from the University of Calgary with her Bachelor of Education and has her Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from St. Mary’s University College.

Ceilynn Howse

Owner/Director and Teacher
Coming Soon…

Kim Mckay

Preschool Teacher and Director of Out of School Care
Cassidy is currently a student at Mount Royal University in the Bachelor of Child Studies degree, majoring in Early Learning and Child Care.

Cassidy Leger

Out of School Care

Accepting Registration

Before & After School Care with Extended Kindergarten


  • First Friends is one word…fantastic! Our son would wake up every morning knowing he was going to get to go to Preschool that day and be thrilled. Miss Carrie, Miss Ceilynn and Miss Kim are wonderful. Very personable, polite, and you can see that they truly enjoy what they do for all the kids. In the 5 months that my son was at the preschool, I saw a HUGE amount of growth. He responds well to structure and knows when he needs to pay attention and complete a task that he has been given. He knows how to interact with other children on different levels outside of playing in the neighbourhood or at daycare. We put him into preschool in order to prepare him for kindergarten this fall. Miss Carrie and Miss Ceilynn knew that this was our intention so they were very good in providing us with progress updates, letting us know where he excels, where he needs work and also let us know with complete honesty whether or not our son would be ready for kindergarten. I believe that they helped him get to the point where he needs to be in order to begin school and succeed from day one. All around, First Friends is a fantastic preschool and I would highly recommend everyone I know with preschool aged children to enrol.
    Krystle Lester
  • Thank you Miss Carrie and Miss Ceilynn for bringing a preschool to our area that offers a loving and caring environment for Kaydence. She loves going to school and is always excited about the fantastic things she gets to do while there! She has been able to express herself and learn so much under your caring supervision and it is really wonderful to see the connection she has made with you and with her other classmates. From a parent prospective, the environment you have created at school is everything and more I could want for our daughter! Thank you for making the preschool experience so positive – you guys really are the best teachers we could have ever asked for! I would HIGHLY recommend your school to any parent looking for a safe, welcoming, and fun preschool!
    Breanne Thompson
  • My son has been attending First Friends since September 2016. Our family has been very pleased with the care that our child receives from the staff at First Friends. It is such a relief to have a quality and trustworthy child care provider, as we have struggled until finding First Friends with many other providers in Calgary. The staff is amazing and supportive of the families they work with. One of the Program Directors and Owners, Carrie, even let us arrange a later pick up of our son one day a week that I have to work late. As working parents First Friends is such a blessing to be involved with. The staff is supportive of the diversity of all the children that attend First Friends. The sense of community can be felt between the children and the staff when you enter the centre. Each child is valued as a unique individual who contributes something special and where everyone is responsible for one another. This is very important for my family as our son enjoys things (colours, toys, activities, etc) that are stereotypically considered to be for girls. In the past we have struggled with other childcare providers not being supportive of our parenting and giving our son negative messages about who he is or what he likes. Our son adores the staff at First Friends, he feels like he is free to be who he is.
    Terri-Lynn Hillier
Phone: 403-931-9888
75-2525 Bridlecrest Way SW
Calgary, AB T2Y 5J4
First Friends Preschool & Educational Centre