SUPPORTED CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) helps each child involved in the program to successfully participate in the childcare setting of their family’s choice. The Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP) works to provide these services while ensuring cultural safety and cultural sensitivity for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children and families.

The heart of the Supported Child Development Program and The Aboriginal Supported Child Development are the philosophies of “inclusion” and “family centred practice”.

We believe that…

…high quality child care and child development programs promote the health, well-being, and optimal development of each child, in a safe and nurturing environment among his or her peers

…providing planning and supports early helps maximize a child’s development

…caregivers understand the abilities and challenges of each child, and promote inclusion

…children with diverse abilities should access developmentally appropriate learning and recreational opportunities

 

When Is a Child Eligible for SCD Services?

If a child is either in a child care program or planning to be, they may be eligable if they have or are at risk for a developmental delay or disability in one or more of the following areas:

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Communicative
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioural

 

Who Can Refer?

If you have concerns or questions about your child, you can refer your child yourself. Additionally, Public Health Nurses, Family Physicians, Pediatricians, Child Care Providers and other service providers at the Child Development Association can also refer for you.

 

What Happens After The Referral?

  1. You will be seen by our Family Advocate to gather relevant information and gather consent for services
  2. You will be contacted to arrange an initial meeting where ever is most convenient for your family
  3. We will begin by meeting with the family to learn more about the child’s strengths and interests and the family’s priorities for their child’s learning, and to determine what resources or strategies may facilitate the success of the child in the program they are attending.
  4. We will then visit the early learning centre that the child attends and work with the family, the centre and other service providers to plan for successful inclusion and to support the priorities as determined by the family. We will continue to consult with the centre to provide resources, strategies, materials and suggestions.

Financial Support for Child Care Fees

Families may apply to the Ministry of Children and Family Development for the Affordable Child Care Benefit & Special Needs Benefit.  The benefit is income based and can be applied for online. The website is listed below.

 

How Can I Help My Child At Home?

  • Label feelings and be with them through tough ones
  • Connect with StrongStart BC,  Moms & Tots or Community Centre programs, see www.valleychild.ca
  • Look at pictures and tell stories and play simple turn taking games
  • Cut with scissors, draw, paint and create simple crafts
  • Have fun and work together to set the table, carry laundry or stack firewood
  • Spend time each day playing on the floor with your child with no distractions like cellphones – follow their lead

Meet The Team

Kathy Cruickshank
Kathy Cruickshank

Supported Child Development Program Manager

Phone: (250) 338-4288 ext 230
Email: kathy@cvcda.ca

Lindsay Mallette

Lindsay Mallette

Supported Child Development Consultant

Phone: ext 224
Email: lindsay@cvcda.ca

Angie DeJersey
Angie DeJersey

Supported Child Development Consultant for Aboriginal Children and Families

Phone: (250) 338-4288 ext 227
Email: angie@cvcda.ca

Kim Griffiths
Kim Griffiths

Supported Child Development Consultant

Phone: 250-338-4288 ext 249
Email: kim@cvcda.ca

Alesha Gurr
Alesha Gurr

Supported Child Development Consultant

Phone: 250-338-4288 ext 252
Email: alesha@cvcda.ca

Marika Gould
Marika Gould

Supported Child Development Consultant

Phone: 250-338-4288 ext 237
Email: marika@cvcda.ca

Laura McCaffrey
Laura McCaffrey

Supported Child Development Consultant

Phone: ext 287
Email:
laura@cvcda.ca

GET STARTED WITH CVCDA SERVICES

FAMILY ADVOCATE

Connect with Beth Fraser to get started with any of our CVCDA Services.

250-338-4288 ext 225

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Family Centered Practice

…families know their children best, and are the most important and constant factor in their lives

…the needs of the family as a whole are honored

…family strength, stability, history, culture, and dignity are respected

…families have the right and responsibility to make choices in the best interests of their children – and have those choices respected

…families and professionals work as a team

…services are flexible to meet unique family needs

Inclusion

…all children are welcomed, supported and valued

…all activities of playing, learning, and growing happen in a way that children feel they belong

…the child is in the best environment to experience success regardless of their diverse abilities

…all children have different abilities and aptitudes; and an inclusive setting accommodates and builds on those

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