The Early Development Centres (EDC) supports pre-school children who have been identified with severe delays/disabilities. These may be delays in speech and language, social, emotional, or behavioral development, and/or physical/medical development. Through play in a language-rich environment, we are able to better prepare children for Kindergarten and beyond. Early intervention support is partially funded through Alberta Education’s Program Unit Funding (PUF).
Eligibility for Attending an EDC Program
Children need to be 3 years to 4 years 8 months old as of September 1 of the current school year and have been identified with severe delays/disabilities by a qualified professional (pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist).
EDC | Programs
Within the classroom each child will receive specific services targeting their identified needs and strengths. Teachers personalize instruction and attend to each child’s learning so they can all participate, progress, and achieve. Class sizes typically fall between 10 and 12 children.
The EDC classrom offers an enhanced support team that may include:
- Certified teachers
- Early Childhood Practitioners/Educational Assistants
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Speech Language Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Family Oriented Programming Facilitators
- Music Therapist
- Behavioural Analysts/Behaviour Consultants
- School Family Liaison
Children attend the program Monday through Thursday in either the morning or the afternoon. Transportation services are available to children that meet the criteria for our program. For more information on the closest EDC location to you, please consult our EDC Boundary Map on the right.