Collaborative Service Delivery for Pre-schoolers with Severe Disabilities: PUF/FSCD Common ApproachHuman Services' Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) and Alberta Education's Program Unit Funding (PUF) are implementing a Common Approach to provide integrated programming and services for eligible preschool children with severe disabilities and their families.
With the Common Approach, families experience:
- A single service team implementing one plan across settings (coordinated services at the right time, in the right place)
- Services that build upon the family’s strengths and priorities for their child
- Team members working together to identify effective strategies to promote child and family success
- An increase in the family’s skills, strategies and confidence to promote their child’s development and participation.
Through staged implementation, the PUF/FSCD Common Approach is targeted to be in use for all eligible children by September 2015.
For more information about Common Approach in your area, contact your local FSCD office or talk to your Early Childhood Services (ECS) provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Program Unit Funding?
PUF is provided to school authorities for ECS children with severe disabilities/delays who require additional support beyond that offered in a regular ECS program. PUF is provided for individualized programming that meets the learning needs of children with severe disabilities/delays who are at least 2 years, 6 months of age and less than 6 years of age on September 1. PUF may be paid for a maximum of three years for each eligible child.
What are FSCD Specialized Services?
Human Services provides Specialized Services through the FSCD program. Specialized Services are intended to support families of children with severe disabilities to acquire specific skills and learn strategies to help promote their child’s development and participation in normal daily living activities at home and in the community. Specialized Services are individualized to meet each family’s needs and priorities, and should complement any other supports and services that a family already has in place.
What is the “Common Approach”?
Through the Common Approach, ECS and FSCD are working together to provide programming and services to families of children who qualify for both PUF and FSCD specialized services. The Common Approach provides a “one team, one plan across settings” experience for families. Parents are valued members of a team that includes professionals working together to provide streamlined and integrated services that responds to the changing needs and circumstances of children with disabilities and their families.
What planning is done to support transitions?
Transitions occur frequently in a child’s life and planning ahead for these situations results in better outcomes overall and the PUF/FSCD Common Approach team considers the changing circumstances in child and families’ lives and plans for success. A formal transition plan is developed by the PUF/FSCD Common Approach team at least annually to plan for the upcoming year. For children completing their third year of PUF, the transition plan will include strategies to support a smooth transition into kindergarten or Grade 1.
Learn how service providers, schools and parents are benefiting from the PUF/FSCD Common Approach
- Daylene Mallen (Fort McMurray)
- Samantha Griffiths (Calgary)
- Desiree Hoiland (Lethbridge)
- Bernadette and Joseph Skuban (Clyde)