In partnership with families, child care providers and community partners, the Supported Child Development Program promotes and facilitates quality inclusion for children and youth throughout the region.
The East Kootenay Supported Child Development Program (EKSCD) is funded by the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) and sponsored by Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C. EKSCD is CARF accredited under Community Services: Child and Youth Services. A Regional Advisory Committee guides the work of the program and includes representation from parents, school district, the sponsoring society, the ministry and a range of community and regional programs.
Referrals can be made by the parent or guardian.
Referrals can also be made by the following, with parent or guardian permission:
- A Family Member
- A child care provider
- A community professional
We provide support services for children aged birth to 12 years who attend a licensed or regulated child care program (group daycare, preschool, after school care, etc.) and require extra support to meet their individual needs and fully participate with their peers because they have a developmental disability or delay. Support services are also provided to the child care program staff so they can better meet the child’s individual and developmental needs.
To be eligible for the program, a child must have an identified developmental disability or a delay that is documented in an assessment or through a report from a community professional – e.g. Speech Language Pathologist, Early Childhood Educator, etc. Parents would meet with an EKSCD Consultant to complete a support guide that outlines the kinds of developmental intervention and support the child needs, and identifies the goals the parents want for their child.
You would contact the program if you have any concerns about the following:
- Your child is currently attending a child care program and you or the child care provider have concerns about their individual development and/or their participation in the child care program.
- You plan on sending your child to a child care program and have concerns about their individual development and/or their participation in the child care program.
- Your child is going into kindergarten and you and the child care provider at the child care program are concerned about their skill level in a particular developmental area and/or their successful transition into school.
WE PROVIDE SERVICES IN THE FOLLOWING LICENSED AND/OR REGISTERED CHILD CARE PROGRAMS:
Infant/Toddler Daycare – 3-5 Group Daycare – Preschool – Family Daycare Afterschool Care – Licensed Not Required
LEVEL AND TYPES OF SUPPORT SERVICES PROVIDED:
The level and type of support services we provide for a child depends on a variety of factors, including the needs of the child, the needs of the child care program staff and available funding
EKSCD services could include:
- Consultant Support – the consultant provides support, guidance and team coordination for parents, child care program staff and the EKSCD support workers. Consultant services are also provided directly to the child care program staff when a support worker isn’t needed but the child care staff require consultant guidance and assistance in order to meet the child’s needs and fully include them in the program
- Support Worker – works in the child care program to help ensure the child receives the developmental intervention and extra support they need to be included and fully participate in the child care program. The support worker also assists the child care staff team as needed. When a support worker is required to support a child it is either part-time support or full-time support depending on the child’s needs
- Resources – the regional resource library has a wide range of specialized equipment, toys, books, DVD’s and resource information.
- Workshops and In-service training – could be regional or community training.
- Child Specific in-service – training and/or modeling of specific techniques and/or skills related to the child’s individual developmental needs. This training could involve accessing the expertise of community professionals.
- Child Care Program – assistance from the consultant to find a suitable child care program.