Early Childhood Services

Early Identification & Intervention

Indications that children are struggling with learning or attention issues may be noticed by families and others during your child’s early years, when children are 3-5 years old.

Research indicates that early identification and intervention can make a big difference in learning outcomes, particularly for a child who may have more severe learning, attention, or behavior issues.

The trick is to determine if the characteristics you are observing are typical for a child at that developmental age or if they are behind their peers in certain milestones, and how severe the delay may be.

The first thing to do is to share your observations with your family doctor or pediatrician.




Screening: Check to see if your school district has a screening process in place to identify students during their kindergarten year who may be behind their age peers in developmental milestone

The Early Years Assessment – Teacher Assessment (EYE-TA) – CBE Early Years Assessment Pamphlet: 
Information from this Early Years Assessment is often used to identify children who may be having difficulty and who may need further support or evaluation. It is used in the Calgary Board of Education schools to assess kindergarten students’ development in the following areas:

Awareness of Self and Environment: A Child’s understanding of the world and his or her ability to make connections with home and community experiences.

Social Skills: a child’s ability to interact positively with peers and follow classroom rules.

Approaches to Learning: a child’s attentiveness during classroom activities.

Cognitive Skills: a child’s basic math and pre-reading skills and his/her ability to solve problems.

Language & Communication: a child’s understanding of spoken language and his or her ability to express thoughts and feelings.

Physical Development:
Fine Motor Skills: a child’s ability to perform small movements that require hand-eye coordination.
Gross Motor Skills: a child’s ability to perform large movements that involve arms, legs, and body.

Intervention – Services & Support

Here is some information about Early Childhood Services provided by the Alberta Government, school districts, and community agencies in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Disclaimer: The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network does not support, endorse or recommend any specific method, treatment, product, remedial centre, program, service, or person for people with Learning Disabilities or ADHD. It does, however, endeavor to provide impartial and, to the best of our knowledge, factual information for persons with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.

Alberta Government Services

Alberta Health Services (AHS) – Speech and Language

If you are concerned about speech or language issues, you can access a free language assessment through Alberta Health Services.

Alberta Government: Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)

The FSCD program works with eligible families to provide support and services based on each child and family’s needs.

Early Childhood Education

School Districts

Calgary Board of Education (CBE)’s Early Childhood Services (ECS)

CBE offers Early Development Centres. A child would require an AHS assessment to access the program.

Calgary Catholic School District’s Early Childhood Services (ECS) and Early Childhood Special Education

The Calgary Catholic School District is committed to the planning and delivery of high quality special education supports and services that will allow individual children with special education needs to maximize their learning and achievement within an optimal learning environment. In this context special education refers to the education of children with mild, moderate, or severe disabilities/delays and/or those who are gifted and talented as determined by Alberta Education’s Special Education Coding Criteria.

Community Agencies

There are community and private agencies that provide early identification and intervention for young children. With an ever-changing landscape of services providers, you will have to do your own research to find agencies that may offer early childhood services and also if they have criteria to support identified special needs children.