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Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program

What is Aboriginal Supported Child Development?

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincially funded program that is designed to specifically meet the needs of children of Indigenous Ancestry who require additional support. ASCD programs are developed with cultural values, beliefs, and traditions in mind.

In order to be effectively included in a child care setting, it is recognized that some children may require extra support. Our Aboriginal Development Program  serves children birth to 12 years of age, (up to age 19 in special circumstances), who require extra support and are, or will be, attending a child care setting.

Some children may be identified as needing support due to a delay or difficulty in some area of development. Aboriginal Supported Child Development works with families and child care providers to meet the individual needs.

Aboriginal Child Development ProgramASCD Brochure

Native Child Development ProgramASCD Handbook

Development Program For Aboriginal ChildrenASCD Referral Form

Development Program For Native ChildrenResource Catalogue for Childcare Centres

Service Description

The Aboriginal Child Development Consultant will make visits to the child care setting. Some home visits with families, team meetings to address individual needs, and a range of other supports are also available through the program.

Additional supports may include:

  • Individual planning and staff support to meet child specific needs
  • Information about and / or access to equipment, resources and toys
  • Information about and referrals to other services
  • Connecting parents to informal supports such as parent groups

Consultation support around areas such as:

  • How to promote effective inclusion
  • Behavioral support
  • How to adapt or structure the environment to meet needs

Entry criteria:  ASCD
Anyone may refer a child for services as long as the legal guardian has given verbal or written permission. Children must:

  • identify as Indigenous
  • live in Surrey, White Rock or Delta (catchment area)
  • require extra support in a childcare, preschool or after-school setting
  • have parents or caregivers who are working or going to school.
  • Be between birth and 19 years old

Transition criteria:
Sometimes there is a need to transition to other levels of services or a transition within a program/service.
Transition to another program/service may be needed due to following reasons:
• a change in need, physical and/or non-physical

  • a change in parents’ employment or student status
  • they move out of Reach’s catchment area

Exit criteria:
A child will be discharged:
• at age 19
• when they no longer attend a child care setting

  • when they no longer require support in their childcare setting- this will take place in conversations and agreement with the legal guardian
Aboriginal Child Development Program Delta

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program

Parents wishing to access services for children requiring extra support can contact Sarah Garnham.

Contact us with Questions:

(Please do not use for referrals)

N: Sarah Garnham
P: (604) 946-6622, ext. 321
E: [email protected]
L:Delta, Surrey & White Rock

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Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program In Delta BC

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