The eligibility criteria for special needs grants is outlined by Alberta Education and is based on information and assessments provided by a Family Physician / Developmental Pediatrician, Speech-language Pathologist, Occupational / Physical Therapist and/or a Registered Psychologist.
To qualify for the Early Education program, as of August 31 of the current school year:
Children with severe delays:
Children with mild to moderate delays:
- Must be a minimum age of 2 years 8 months and less than 4 years 8 months
- Must have a severe developmental delay or diagnosis OR
- Must have a severe speech and language delay
- Must be at least 3 years 8 months of age, but less than 4 years 8 months of age
Upon request, assessments may be available to those attending the PSD Early Education program. A child may be assessed by a PSD speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist or educational psychologist. Assessment results from other agencies (e.g. Alberta Health Services or private agencies) will also be considered and reviewed for program eligibility.
If your child has not yet been professionally assessed and you are unsure if they may be eligible for the Early Education program, please refer to the Developmental Milestones chart for more information. If you still have questions regarding developmental concerns and eligibility for program placements, please contact Early Childhood Services at the Centre for Education in Stony Plain (see contact information below).
To apply for the PSD Early Education Program, please complete and submit a Parkland School Division registration form. When your registration form is processed, Early Childhood Services will contact you to let you know if your child has been accepted into the program.