Early Childhood Services

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.  Early Identification and Intervention have been shown to improve outcomes for children experiencing delays in developmental milestones.

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

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Alberta Government Services:

Alberta Health Services (AHS) – Speech and Language https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/service.aspx?Id=1060203
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) https://www.alberta.ca/fscd.aspx
The FSCD program works with eligible families to provide support and services based on each child and family’s needs.

Early Childhood Education: https://www.alberta.ca/early-childhood-education.aspx

School Districts:

Calgary Board of Education (CBE) – Early Childhood Services (ECS) is continuing to offer Early Development Centres. A child would require an AHS assessment to access the program.
https://cbe.ab.ca/programs/preschool/Pages/early-development-centre-preschool-program.aspx

Calgary Catholic School District – Early Childhood Services (ECS) – Early Childhood Special Education:
https://www.cssd.ab.ca/Pages/default.aspx
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.