Coordinate child care services for children from birth to twelve years of age who require extra support

The philosophy of the Supported Child Development Program is ‘every child belongs’.

Supported Child Development Program supports the right of all children with diverse abilities to participate in community-based child care settings. Supported Child Development coordinates services for children from birth to twelve years of age who require extra support.

The service is based on a family-centered service delivery principle, which means that families choose the child care setting that best meets their needs. Families are actively involved in planning and programming for their children.

Who is Eligible?

Children from birth to age 12 with developmental delays, exceptional health care needs, and mental or physical or behavioural challenges are eligible for this service. There is no cost.

Who May Refer?

  • Parents or guardians
  • Early childhood educators
  • Infant development consultants
  • Public health nurses
  • Social workers
  • Physicians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Physiotherapists

How Are Referrals Made?

Contact the Comox Valley Child Development Association to make a referral. A Supported Child Development Consultant will assist the family to gather information and plan for daycare, preschool or other community settings.

The Process

Parents and caregivers complete a Support Guide with the Consultant to determine the support needs of the child.

The Consultant can assist families to find the child care program of their choice. In some circumstances, families may choose to have child care in their own home or in a caregiver’s home because this arrangement best meets the needs of their child and family.

Program Supports

For most children, the support, advice, and resources provided by a Supported Child Development Consultant can ensure that any identified concerns are addressed. Sometimes a support worker is needed to provide extra hands-on support and facilitate inclusion. Funding for extra staffing support is provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and managed by Supported Child Development. Extra staffing may be short or long term, and is often shared. Extra staffing levels are reviewed regularly.

Financial Support

Low and middle income parents may apply to the Ministry of Children and Family Development for child care subsidy and the special needs supplement.

Other Supports

Supported Child Development organizes training events for parents, early childhood educators, family child care providers, and support workers to develop skills and knowledge. Supported Child Development also helps families to access resources and other community services.

Kathy Cruickshank
Kathy Cruickshank

Supported Child Development Program Manager

Phone: (250) 338-4288 ext 230

Marika Gould
Marika Gould

Supported Child Development Consultant

Phone: 250-338-4288 ext 237

Angie DeJersey
Angie DeJersey

Supported Child Development Consultant for Aboriginal Children and Families

Phone: (250) 338-4288 ext 227

Lindsay Mallette

Lindsay Mallette

Supported Child Development Consultant

Phone: ext 224