ECS Preschool + Kindergarten

A program for children aged 2 ½ – 6 years.

Overview
Pacekids’ Early Childhood Services (ECS) Program follows the curriculum and standards set by Alberta Education. Pacekids is an approved, designated special education ECS program for Program Unit Funding (PUF) from Alberta Education. Pacekids offers two separate ECS Programs. The Multidisciplinary ECS Program: a multidisciplinary approach for children with needs in several areas of development and the Speech and Language Enhancement Program (SLE): specifically for children who primarily have speech and language difficulties.

Multidisciplinary ECS Program

  • This five half-day per week, teacher led program incorporates functional mobility, self-care skills, fine motor skills, social skills and communication into a fun learning environment.
  • The Pacekids team, in consult with parents, develops an individual program plan (IPP) for each child that sets realistic and attainable goals that are compatible with each child’s needs.
  • The Pacekids team includes a Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist (OT), Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), SLP Assistant, OT Assistant, Behavioural Strategist and Child Development Assistants (CDA).
  • The ECS Program offers small class sizesand a very low child to assistant ratio (1:1 or 3:1).
  • During the kindergarten year the team also focuses on transition planning for the child working with school boards and community agencies in finding placements for grade one.

Speech and Language Enhancement (SLE) Program

  • The SLE program is offered five afternoons a week and is tailored for preschool and kindergarten aged children who have speech and language delays. This program focuses on language development based on each child’s abilities with classroom instruction and is tailored to each child’s language level.
  • This program offers small class sizes and a very low child to assistant ratio.
  • The SLE team includes a Teacher, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and SLP Assistant who are directly involved in classroom programming. Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Behavioural Strategists are available for consultation as needed.

Common Approach

Common Approach involves a team or teams implementing one plan across settings for Early Childhood Services programming and Specialized Services programming.

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