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​Program Unit Funding (PUF)

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Program Unit Funding (PUF)

Program Unit Funding (PUF) is provided to school authorities for Early Childhood Services (ECS) children with severe disabilities/delays who require additional support beyond that offered in a regular ECS program.  (Alberta Education – Completing a Program Unit Funding (PUF) Application Retrieved December 14, 2015 from


PUF is accessed through a comprehensive screening and assessment process.

  • 100 Voices (Pre-Kindergarten) - children are screened by a Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist to determine if there is an identified severe concern in their respective areas.  

    At this screening, therapists utilize standardized screening tools, as well as professional judgement on the child's functionality, to determine if the child requires intervention to support him/her in their development.  If a need is identified, the child is assessed.  In some situations, other specialists are contacted to support in fully identifying what the child's needs are.  
  • Kindergarten - eligibility for PUF is determined either through formal assessment or the use of the Early Years Evaluation Teacher Assessment (EYE-TA) in which the classroom teacher administers a systematic observation looking at the 5 domains of development: Awareness of Self and Environment, Social Skills and Approaches to Learning, Cognitive Skills, Language and Communication, and Physical Development (Fine Motor and Gross Motor skills).

    Children flagging with concerns around language and communication or in combination with fine or gross motor skills, may be eligible to access PUF if there a significant impact on the child's ability to function within the school environment.  Children who experience significant behaviour challenges as identified by the teacher and supported by the recommendations of a MDT psychologist, may also be eligible to access PUF.

Children that qualify for PUF have the assistance of our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to help support them through a holistic approach, to be able to fully participate in Early Learning programing to the best of their abilities.   

The MDT supporting your child may consist of the following:

The MDT works intentionally and inclusively with the children within the classroom setting.  They collaborate with teaching staff to provide strategies that help support each child accessing PUF and ensure that these strategies are implemented in between visits.