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ELP Application and Kindergarten Registration
Posted on 01/08/2019
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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION & EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM APPLICATION DAY

Thursday February 7, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Early Learning in Medicine Hat Public School Division (MHPSD): Our educational practices are shaped by a strong focus to create learning environments that honour the unique individuality of each child and nurture their growth in body, mind and spirit.  Early childhood programs and settings have been designed to include children with assessed developmental delays from three to five years old and play partners from three to four years of age.  Program Unit Funding (PUF) or mild to moderate support is available depending on your child’s assessed level of need. ELP is available in many of our Elementary Schools (see list below). Medicine Hat Public School Division also provides early intervention supports within private pre-schools and child care centres.  

Early Learning offers the following:
  • Quality, early childhood education that supports healthy child development
  • Certified teachers and educational assistants
  • Low child-to-adult ratios
  • On-going professional development regarding special needs supports
  • Play-based, active learning
  • Integrated art, music, movement and sensory programming
  • Diverse student population
  • Family involvement opportunities
  • Inclusion with school activities
  • Ability to meet individual needs
  • Literacy, numeracy, creativity and social-emotional skill development
  • Involvement with school division and inter-agency supports
    • Services may include:
      • speech language pathologist supports
      • occupational/physical therapist support
      • Behavior and Emotional Support Team
      • transportation subsidy or support
ELP is offered in the morning or the afternoon for children age three and four; kindergarten students who are eligible to attend ELP may attend full time.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM

Who can attend ELP?
  • Children with assessed developmental delays from 2.8 to five years’ old who qualify for early intervention through Program Unit Funding as outlined by Alberta Education.
  • Children with assessed developmental delays in the mild/moderate range who are 3.8 to 4.8 years’ old who qualify for early intervention as outlined by Alberta Education.
  • We also reserve five morning and five afternoon spaces for children who reflect typical development and are three or four years old. 
Will my child benefit from an early intervention program?
  • Is your child understood by unfamiliar listeners?
  • Is your child able to remember and follow short instructions?
  • Does your child play well with other children?
  • Is your child usually able to control their anger and behavior?
  • Has your child me most developmental milestones at the “expected” time?
My child was assessed by Alberta Health Services.  How do I ensure the school and division gets this information? 

Alberta Health Services works in close partnership with MHPSD. When a child is assessed through AHS services at the hospital (ie: CHADS or Speech Language and Hearing), if you indicate that you are interested in accessing educational programming, they will forward the report to our Early Learning Coordinator. Likewise, if you indicate on your ELP application that your child has been recently accessed, with your approval, we can request the report from Alberta Health. 

If your child has been previously receiving services through any of our MHPSD schools or community programs, reports will be transferred to any other program within our division.

How much does ELP Cost?

Fees for play partners are $200.00/month, and post-dated cheques are required upon confirmation of placement (not at time of application). School based student fees may be required, depending on student age and level of need.
Please note this is an educational program therefore it is not eligible for subsidy or a childcare deduction on your income tax. 

Is transportation provided for ELP students?

ELP children who qualify for PUF or mild-moderate supports may: 
  1. Access the ELP bus within zoned limits (first come first serve).
  2. If your child is unable to ride the bus, and you live within MHPSD boundaries, you may qualify for a Parent Transportation Contract in which you will receive a maximum of $3.00 for each day you transport your child to ELP.
How often will my child attend ELP?

ELP is designed to be a five day/week program, where three to four year old students can select a morning OR an afternoon program. Full day programming for students age three to four is not an option.

Kindergarten students who attend on alternating days may attend ELP full alternating days if they qualify. If families prefer that their child attends less than four to five days/week, several of the preschools and daycares that we partner with are able to accommodate a part-time program.

How and when will I know if my child is accepted into ELP?

By March 29, 2019 MHPSD will notify you through the email address you have provided regarding placement status.

I am not sure if my child is typically developing. How do I find out if he/she qualifies for early intervention services?

Medicine Hat Public School Division provides an annual Child Development Check-Up.  It will be held on April 4, 2019 at Southview School between 10:00 AM and 7:00PM.  It is free of charge.

Alberta Health Services provides assessment free of charge. Families may self-refer their children for assessment in speech and language occupational therapy, physical therapy and others. 

Speech Language and Hearing
To make an appointment, call 403-528-8175.
Speech Language and Hearing – Website

Children’s Health and Development Services
To make an appointment, call 403-529-8966.
CHADS – Website

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -KINDERGARTEN

How old does my child need to be to register for Kindergarten?

Children must be five years old by February 28, 2020 to register for 2019-2020 Kindergarten programming.  

Please note that there will be a change to the age of entry for the 2020-2021 school year as per the updates to the School Act; in September 2020 children will have to be five by December 31 to attend Kindergarten.  

Can my child attend full-time Kindergarten?

At this time, full-time kindergarten is not an option. If it is determined by the school based team that your Kindergarten child’s needs qualify for full-time programming, he/she may have Kindergarten supplemented by a placement in an ELP program.

Is my child eligible to receive transportation?

Kindergarten children who qualify for PUF or mild-moderate supports may: 
  1. Access the ELP bus within zoned limits (first come first serve).
  2. Access the regular school bus if you live along the bus route.  
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