ASCD Supporting Families
ASCD is a free, voluntary and family-centred program that works in partnership with families so that children with extra needs can be included in a variety of settings. Families know their child best and ASCD programs work to include families in decision making in regards to services for their child.
Who is eligible?
Aboriginal Children who are residents of BC are eligible for ASCD and who have an ASCD or SCD program in their area. Children should meet the following three criteria:
- Child is between newborn to 12 years (Services for children 13 to 19 may be provided on an individual basis).
- Child has a developmental delay or disability in one of four areas:
- Child requires additional support in a childcare setting. No diagnosis is required to receive services
Who are the Families?
Families can include birth, extended, adopted, and foster families. Aboriginal families can be living on or off reserve. There is no cost for this service.
What families can expect to receive from ASCD?
ASCD programs provide a range of services to support children with extra needs and their families. ASCD takes place in a variety of settings and in a number of different ways.
Support takes place in…
- Preschool settings and Head Start programs for children aged 3 to 5 years
- Daycare, family child care or After School Care
- In a child’s home under exceptional circumstances when a child’s support needs otherwise prevent him or her from participating in a childcare program
Support can look like…..
- Support and consultation to the family and child care program
- Short term, part time or on-going additional staffing to support the child care program
Services that may be available from your local ASCD program include:
- Assistance finding child care
- Support and consultation with families and child care programs
- Individual planning for the child to identify and work towards developmental goals
- Extra staffing support if needed in child care programs
- Training and support for families and child care providers
- Assistance accessing other community resources
- Developmental screening and assessments at the request of the family
- Toy and equipment lending library where available
How can you access support?
Parents may self-refer or, with parent permission, referrals may come from community professionals such as Infant Development Consultants, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Family Doctors, Public Health Nurses and Social Workers.
How to find a program
Currently there are 47 ASCD programs developing capacity within British Columbia and providing a range of ASCD support services. There is a comprehensive list of ASCD programs under our programs tab, as well as a link to Supported Child Development Programs in BC which provides services to Aboriginal families if there are no ASCD services in your community. You can also talk with your childcare provider or contact your nearest Child Development Centre.
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How to begin establishing a new ASCD program
In order to establish an ASCD program in your community, you must first assess if there is a need for ASCD services or the required early childhood infrastructure and community support for such an initiative. and both local, regional and Provincial Support. Communities can use the Community Assessment Toolkit found on our ASCD website that can assist with data collection.
Building partnerships with the local and Aboriginal agencies that are delivering early childhood services, as well as linking with non-Aboriginal service providers providing support to Aboriginal children and families is an important step in working towards ASCD services.
Where to access support for a new program
Connecting with the ASCD Regional Advisor in your area, or contacting the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Provincial office for support and information is encouraged. As this is a Provincial funded initiative through Ministry for Children and Family Development, lobbying both your local, regional and Provincial MCFD office and Community Services Manager, is another step in establishing resources to support an ASCD program in your community.
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