Brighter Beginnings Program
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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.
Elements of the program include faith-based curriculum, numeracy, learning through play, early literacy and multi-disciplinary assessments, including outside referrals if necessary.
Staff utilize a wide variety of teaching strategies and methods including assistive technology and precision teaching to help each child develop to their potential. Brighter Beginnings works collaboratively with agencies such as Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT service providers, CASA, Glenrose and pediatricians.
Staff conduct family visits approximately once per month to share strategies and discuss the family's needs. Parents are invited to attend workshops to help address their child's needs.
Funding is available through Alberta Education under Program Unit Funding (PUF) and is available for up to three years. Children with mild/moderate special needs, or who are gifted and talented, are eligible to receive special education services and programming at 3 1/2 years of age. Children attend their community school for their kindergarten program, which is consistent with EICS Inclusive Education practices.
The Brighter Beginnings Program is offered at:
Madonna Catholic School
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3N3