|Aboriginal Supported Child Development|
Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincially funded program that is designed to specifically meet the needs of children of Aboriginal heritage who require additional support. ASCD programs are developed with cultural values, beliefs and traditions in mind.
In order to be effectively included within a child care setting it is recognized that some children may require extra support. Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) serves children birth to 12 years of age, (up to age 19 in special circumstances), who require extra support and are, or will be, attending a child care setting.
Download the ASCD Handbook 2016
Download the ASCD Referral Form Sept_2016
The Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant will make visits to the child care setting. Some home visits with families, team meetings to address individual needs, and a range of other supports are also available through the program.
Families choose a child care setting that best meets their needs and those of their child. Support is then provided to this setting through the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program. The possible child care settings include:
The Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant will work with the family and child care setting to determine how often visits are needed. Visits to child care may range from once every few months to once a month, to once a week. Where children require a greater level of support, extra staffing support to the child care setting will be pursued in conjunction with Consultant support. Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultants may also visit with families at home, participate in meetings with other professionals or accompany families on appointments.
Read Child Care Challenges by Estelle Greb, Consultant with Reach Supported Child Development Program.