As the Early Learning Team through Edmonton Catholic Schools continues to grow and evolve, we are excited about new opportunities we have made available for children and their families. Recognizing the need for the families with children with unique needs to have access to coordinated services spanning school, home, and their community, Early Learning has become an approved provider of Specialized Services.
What Are Specialized Services?
Specialized Services are funded by Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) - Disability Services.
The intention of the Specialized Services program is to further support families of children with severe needs to acquire skills and strategies to help promote their child's development and participation in daily living activities at home and in the community.
A supportive team that may include therapeutic assistants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and/or psychologists work with parents looking to help manage difficult behaviors, support their child's participation in social activities, or teach their child new skills.
Specialized Services are individualized to meet each family's needs and priorities, complement any other supports and services that a family already has in place, and are coordinated through a single service plan.
Who can Access Specialized Services?
Specialized Services through Early Learning are available for those families with a child currently enrolled in an Edmonton Catholic Schools Early Learning program and who have been approved for Specialized Services through FSCD.
Families apply for funding by submitting an application to FSCD.
Eligibility and Application Process
Specialized Services Documentation – Checklist
The Role of Families in Specialized Services
Families are recognized as the primary source of care and support for a child, and Early Learning respects and values a family's ability to care for and promote their child's development. As such, parents/guardians are highly involved in developing and implementing their individualized service plan and are seen as vital members of the Specialized Services team.