Early Learning Intensive Support Pilot

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Intensive Support Pilot is a program for young children who require intensive supports to meet their potential. Programs are being offered in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Swift Current.

Prekindergarten (PreK) is a high quality, half-time early learning program available in some schools. Each PreK program accepts sixteen children who are living in vulnerable circumstances. Selection criteria (low socio-economic status, referral from a government of community–based agency, social isolation or not having access to early learning programs, family health care challenges, exposure to family trauma and delays in the child’s development) are used to identify the children with the greatest need.

The Early Learning Intensive Support Pilot provides additional spaces in a limited number of Prekindergarten programs to provide opportunities for children to engage in inclusive learning with other children the same age. Support will be provided through a collaborative team approach to meet individualized needs, and to promote strengths from learning and participation. The unique needs and circumstances of the child, the class and facility will be considered for each situation.

Please click here for the full Early Learning Intensive Support Family brochure containing additional information for families.

To apply for the pilot program, please click here to download and fill out the Early Learning Support Pilot Application Form.

Please return completed application forms and required documentation to:

Lori Meyer, Superintendent of Learning

Phone: 306-630-9068

To email Lori Meyer, click here

Frequently Asked Questions:

The Early Learning Intensive Support Pilot is for children who live in one of the ELIS communities and have significant developmental delays, requiring intensive support to meet their potential. This may include but is not restricted to children with visual impairments, who are deaf or hard of hearing, have autism spectrum disorder or complex medical needs. A medical diagnosis is not required to qualify but there are a limited number of spaces available so not all children will be accepted to receive this support. Factors such as the age of the child and other available services may impact which child is given priority. The school division determines which programs will provide early learning intensive supports. Factors considered include the unique needs and circumstances of the child, the class and the school.

Children who are three or four years of age can attend the program, although priority will be given to four-year-olds.

The Prekindergarten program is led by a teacher with the support of a Prekindergarten associate. An educational assistant will also be assigned to the program who will assist the teacher to support meaningful participation of all children in the early learning program through interactions with peers, the development of play skills and incorporating individualized goals. An Inclusion and Intervention Plan (IIP) will be created for children requiring intensive supports. IIPs are planning documents that describe a child’s unique individualized plan. These plans are created by parents/guardians, teachers and others who may support the child and will outline the supports and services your child will receive.

Preference will be given to children who are not enrolled in another early learning program where intensive supports are being provided, including licensed child care. This is to reduce transitions for the child throughout the day, match family care needs with program hours and to ensure that the maximum number of children have access to an early learning program. Note: In licensed child care facilities, families may qualify for an enhanced accessibility grant which the centre can use to hire additional staff to support the integration and achievement of the child’s individual goals in the early learning program.

Family engagement is an integral part of Prekindergarten. Many opportunities will exist to participate and support your child’s learning experiences in meaningful ways within the program. In addition, you will be part of the collaborative team, identifying and planning individualized goals, planning for transitions and problem solving together.

Families are responsible to transport children to and from the program.

Contact Prairie South School Division for an application form and more information.

Last Updated: March 14, 2019 at 9:59 am