All families have similar hopes and dreams for their children – that they will be happy, have friends, enjoy learning and live meaningful lives. For young children with extra support needs, inclusive child care provides an optimal environment for children to achieve these goals and maximize their potential.
What is Supported Child Development?
It helps children successfully participate in the childcare setting of their parent’s choice.
Who can use this program?
Children from birth to age 12 with developmental delays, exceptional health care needs and mental or physical or behavioural challenges.
Do I need a referral to use this program?
You can call the Child Development Association and ask to speak to someone about the Supported Child Development program. If you like, a doctor, public health nurse or another community professional may make a referral on your behalf by contacting the Child Development Association.
What happens at first?
A Supported Childcare Consultant will meet with you to determine the support needs of your child.
Low and middle income parents may apply to the Ministry of Children and Family Development for child care subsidy and the special needs supplement.