Early Learning Resources Program

Early Learning Resources Program

Early Learning Resources is a specialized program that provides Early Childhood Education Resource Consultant support for children with developmental differences. In order to be eligible for this service, children must be enrolled or enrolling in a licensed child care program, including licensed before- and after-school programs. Resource consultants services are provided throughout the District of Algoma from Hornepayne in the north to Spanish in the east.

Our goal is to have the Resource Consultant, the child care staff and the family working together as a team for the successful inclusion of every child into the child care environment and activities. This goal is achieved through the provision of support, education, consultation and co-teaching to the child care centres.  Early Learning Resources also supports the therapy needs of the children to further enhance their development, socialization and readiness for school.

Our Early Learning Resource Consultants
Resource Consultants develop Individual Program Plans (IPP’s) for children with development differences, referred to Early Learning Resources. The purpose of an IPP is to promote a child’s individual growth and development by focusing on strengths-based and individualized goals for the child.

Our Early Learning Resource Assistants
Early Learning Resource Assistants provide additional staffing that is not counted in staff/child ratio to assist the educators with successful inclusion of children with developmental differences. The assistants are Early Childhood Educators or approved equivalents, skilled in supporting children’s growth and potential.

Individual Program Plan Development
Individual Program Plans (IPP) are developed by the Resource Consultant in conjunction with the family, other professionals involved with the child, and the child care staff. The Resource Consultant supports the child care center in its implementation.

When to Request Service?
If a child is experiencing barriers to development in one or more of the following areas: physical, social, emotional, communicational, intellectual and/or behavioural domains.
Referrals can be made through your child care centre or by calling THRIVE directly.

For further information please contact:
Kate Lawrence, Professional Services Manager – Early Childhood Education
(705) 759- 1131/1-855-759-1131, ex. 209 or through info@kidsthrive.ca referencing “ELR” in the subject line.

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