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Supported Child Development Program

Supported Child Development.jpgThe Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) is a community-based program that assists families of children with extra support needs to access inclusive child care settings that meets the family’s needs.  The program is intended to serve children from birth to 12, with services for youth 13 -19 years available on a case-by-case basis. 

Supported Child Development operates under the principles of inclusion and family-centered practices and uses a multi-disciplinary team approach.  Parents may self-refer, or with parent consent, referrals may come from community service providers including child care settings.

The heart of Supported Child Development is the philosophy of inclusion.  We believe that children and youth of diverse abilities have a right to participate in a full range of child care opportunities with their peers.

Inclusion means:

  • All children are welcome and valued
  • All activities of playing, learning, and growing happen in a way that children feel they belong
  • The setting children and youth are in can provide the supports they need

Supported Child Development has several principles that govern how we work with families and child care partners to make inclusion a reality.  Families know their children best and have the right and responsibility to make choices in the best interest of their children and to have those choices respected.  We honor the family as a whole and work collaboratively with families to meet their unique needs. 

Supported Child Development provides the following services to support children, families, and child care providers:

  • Individual planning to promote each child’s development
  • Training and information for families and child care providers to help support each child’s development
  • Resources such as books, toys and specialized equipment
  • Referrals to other services such as therapists or specialists
  • Where necessary, additional staffing to ensure that children may participate fully in the program with their peers.   

This service is offered in the communities of the North Thompson Valley from McClure through to Blue River. Please download our SCD Referal Form if you have someone that would benefit from this service.

We are part of a province-wide program. To visit the provincial website, go to: www.scdp.bc.ca

For more information on the Supported Child Development Program:
Please contact Yellowhead Community Services @ 250-674-2600 (Clearwater) or 250-672-9773 (Barriere). Staff contacts includes: Jenna Wilson, Supported Child Development Consultant and Susanne Butcher, Early Childhood Development Programs Manager.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Outcome Measurement Reports for our programs are available for you to down load and read. Click here for Supported Child Development Services Report