Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the new Alberta Education Funding model changes for the 2020-21 school year, our Early Development Centre programming information for the 2020-21 school year will not be available until May 15, 2020. Our online “Expression of Interest” will remain open and all families who have expressed an interest in the program will be contacted by May 15, 2020.
Submit Expression of Interest for 2020-21
Our Early Development Centre Program is currently under review. At this time we are accepting Expressions of Interest for the 2020-21 school year.
Submit Expression of Interest
The Early Development Centres (EDC) supports pre-school children who have been identified with severe delays/disabilities. These may be delays in speech and language, social, emotional, or behavioral development, and/or physical/medical development. Through play in a language-rich environment, we are able to better prepare children for Kindergarten and beyond. Early intervention support is partially funded through Alberta Education’s Program Unit Funding (PUF).
Eligibility for Attending an EDC Program
Children need to be 3 years on or before December 31 of the current school year and have been identified with severe delays/disabilities by a qualified professional (pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist).
EDC | Programs
Within the classroom each child will receive specific services targeting their identified needs and strengths. Teachers personalize instruction and attend to each child’s learning so they can all participate, progress, and achieve. Class sizes typically fall between 10 and 12 children.
The EDC classroom offers an enhanced support team that may include:
- Certified teachers
- Early Childhood Practitioners/Educational Assistants
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Speech Language Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Family Oriented Programming Facilitators
- Music Therapist
Children attend the program Monday through Thursday in either the morning or the afternoon. Transportation services are available to children that meet the criteria for our program. For more information on the closest EDC location to you, please consult our EDC Boundary Map on the right.