Aboriginal Supported Child Development

What is Aboriginal Supported Child Development?

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a Provincial program, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that is designed to specifically meet the needs of children with special needs. ASCD recognizes that inclusion and providing intervention and support in child care settings during the early stages of development is important. ASCD programs are developed with cultural values, beliefs and traditions in mind.


WHO ARE THE CHILDREN?

Aboriginal children newborn up to and including age twelve who require extra support in a child care setting due to a development delay or disability in one of four areas:

  • physical
  • cognitive
  • communication
  • social/emotional/behavioral


LFLS-girlandbabyWHO ARE THE FAMILIES?

Families can include birth, extended, adopted and foster families. Aboriginal families can be living on or off reserve. There is no cost for this service.

SUPPORT TAKES PLACE IN:

  • Headstart programs and Preschool settings
  • Group child care, Family child care or Out of School care

SUPPORT CAN LOOK LIKE:

  • Support and consultation to the family and childcare program
  • Short-term or partial additional staffing to support the child in their centre
  • One-to-one or shared support in the Childcare Centre

SERVICES AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES INCLUDE:

  • assistance in finding child care
  • support and consultation with families and child care programs
  • individual planning
  • training and support for families and childcare providers
  • assistance accessing other community resources
  • development screening and assessment at the request of the family
  • toy and equipment lending library. 

For more information call Kara  at (250) 286-3430:

 Kara Henderson  @  extention 132