Brighter Beginnings Program

Brighter Beginnings is an intensive Early Intervention Program specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each child between the ages of 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 years who may have a severe and/or moderate delay in one or more developmental areas, such as speech and language, fine and gross motor, or a medical condition.

Brighter Beginnings at Madonna offers a rich literacy, communication and numeracy experience for children with loving, experienced educators and consultants.

We offer PUF (Program Unit Funding) services for children aged 3 or 4 years by December 31, 2018.

We welcome you to contact the Early Learning Consultant during school hours with your questions about Program Unit Funding (PUF).

Please click on the link below for information about PUF to see if it is right for your child.

Link to Alberta Ed Programming for Children with Special Education Needs:

 Enrollment "How To's"

Brighter Beginnings is a program for children who receive Program Unit Funding (PUF). This funding provides the opportunity for Early Childhood Services (ECS) children with severe disabilities/delays to receive additional educational and developmental supports beyond that offered in a regular ECS program.

 Contact Marg Schimpf, Early Learning Consultant at

  1. Provide Marg with a copy of the most recent assessment. The report(s) can be scanned and e-mailed to her at margs@eics.ab.caOR faxed to her at 780-467-5469.
  2. When funding eligibility is confirmed by Marg, complete the Registration 2018-2019 form. Your registration will be automatically confirmed.
  3. Purchase school supplies.

 There are no school fees for children eligible for Program Unit Funding (PUF) services.



Early Childhood Services in EICS - Family Oriented Programming (FOPs)

“Very young children (ages 3, 4, and 5) who require extensive programming may benefit from
family-oriented programming sessions, which are individually planned, developmentally appropriate
intervention for children with severe disabilities or delays and their families.”
Alberta Education

“Family Oriented Programming is implemented under the direction of a certified teacher and takes
place outside of centre based programming hours. It is designed to engage the child’s parents or
guardians in a process that helps them to implement the goals and objectives of the IPP (ISP)
within the home and community environment.” 
 Alberta Education

At Elk Island Catholic Schools we provide FOPs as part of your child’s Program Unit
Funded (PUF) program to enhance your child’s experience. Parents, caregivers and children
benefit from actively participating in the FOPs that are most valuable to the family and
reflective of the needs of the child. Not all programs are offered in each community

EICS offers a variety of FOPs each year, please check out the following document which contains the descriptions for these courses.