Collaborative Service Delivery for Pre-schoolers with Severe DisabilitiesHuman Services and Alberta Education are piloting a common, co-ordinated approach to providing specialized services for preschool children with severe disabilities who are eligible for both Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Specialized Services and Program Unit Funding (PUF) for Early Childhood Services from Education.
The PUF/FSCD pilot, which started in September 2010, encourages greater collaboration and co-ordination of services to support children with severe disabilities by jointly identifying the needs of the child and family and how best to deliver the right services, at the right time.
The pilot is designed to provide families with a seamless, co-ordinated experience as they access services. Service providers will be able to provide more efficient and effective support to families so children with severe disabilities experience greater success in the home and community. Families already receiving services separately under the two programs will not experience a change in the level or nature of supports they receive if their assessed needs have not changed.
On May 10, 2011, a learning event was held to share information and learnings about the PUF/FSCD pilot to-date. The event was attended by almost 200 pilot participants, including families, FSCD workers, teachers and other professionals. In addition, over 1,000 participants joined the event through the live webcast.
Key learnings from the event include:
- The involvement of parents in the Common Approach is critical to successful outcomes for the family.
- Pilot partners were able to overcome challenges and identify solutions that allowed them to successfully support children and families with one plan and, where possible, one service team.
- Participants in the learning event strongly supported province wide implementation.
Pilot partners continue to support children and families using the common approach, and evaluation of the pilot is ongoing until the end of June. A final evaluation report will be available at the end of August that will assist a working group of representatives from the pilot partnerships to begin drafting a provincial common approach framework in September. The 2011-12 school year will provide opportunity for some partnerships to expand by including more school authorities and also to establish new partnerships in other parts of the province.
Service Provider Perspective Vignettes
School Perspective Vignettes
Parent Perspective Vignettes
- Daylene Mallen (Fort McMurray)
- Samantha Griffiths (Calgary)
- Desiree Hoiland (Lethbridge)
- Bernadette and Joseph Skuban (Clyde)