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Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program

What is 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 Indigenous Ancestry who require additional support. ASCD programs are developed with cultural values, beliefs, and traditions in mind.

In order to be effectively included in a child care setting, it is recognized that some children may require extra support. Our Aboriginal Development Program  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.

Some children may be identified as needing support due to a delay or difficulty in some area of development. Aboriginal Supported Child Development works with families and child care providers to meet the individual needs.

Aboriginal Child Development ProgramASCD Brochure 2018

Native Child Development ProgramASCD Handbook 2018

Development Program For Aboriginal ChildrenASCD Referral Form

Development Program For Native ChildrenResource Catalogue for Childcare Centres

Service Description

The Aboriginal 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.

Additional supports may include:

  • Individual planning and staff support to meet child specific needs
  • Information about and / or access to equipment, resources and toys
  • Information about and referrals to other services
  • Connecting parents to informal supports such as parent groups

Consultation support around areas such as:

  • How to promote effective inclusion
  • Behavioral support
  • How to adapt or structure the environment to meet needs

Families can choose a childcare setting that best meets the needs of the parents and the child. Support is then provided through the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program.  Anyone can refer. No formal diagnosis is required.

The possible child care settings include:

  • Preschool
  • Group Child Care
  • Family Child Care
  • Out of School Care
  • Licensed Not Required Child Care
Aboriginal Child Development Program Delta

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program

Parents wishing to access services for children requiring extra support can contact Carol Kerfoot.

Contact us with Questions:

(Please do not use for referrals)

N: Carol Kerfoot
P: (604) 946-6622, ext. 318
E: carolk@reachchild.org
L:Delta, Surrey & White Rock

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Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program In Delta BC

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