Bragg Creek Education Services Association
Services and Early Interventions
Bragg Creek Education Services Association (BCESA) partners with preschools, daycares and dayhomes to administer Alberta Education funding for children who have been identified with a variety of learning needs. The BCESA currently provides services in Calgary, Springbank, Bragg Creek, and Banff/Canmore.
The Little Schoolhouse offers extra programming, free of charge, for funded children on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Check with the classroom teacher to see if you child qualifies for services and this extra programming.
Screening/Assessment & Funding Process
Step 1: Consent Forms
Parents of children ages 3-6 complete a consent forms allowing their child to be screened by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and an Occupational Therapist (OT).
Step 2: Screening & Assessment
After the child is screened and if concerns are identified as mild/moderate or severe, parents will be notified by the therapist.
Step 3: Funding Application
Parents will complete a Funding Application form for children who are eligible to receive Program Unit Funding (PUF) or Mild/Moderate (MM) funding.
Step 4: Alberta Education Approval
BCESA will apply for Alberta Education funding for each individual child. Once Alberta Education gives funding approval, therapists in combination with our education teams, will begin programming with PUF and MM children.
Mild/Moderate (MM) Funding
This level of funding provides services for children with mild to moderate delays in one area such as speech or motor development. This funding is available for a maximum of two years, one of which must be the child’s kindergarten year.
Program Unit Funding (PUF)
Program Unit Funding is available to children who have been identified with severe delays and require support within their learning environment. PUF is available for a maximum of three years. The child must be registered in and be attending a preschool, daycare or community program that offers a minimum of 475 hours for the school year.
Children receive a multi-disciplinary team who will work in the classroom on developmentally appropriate learning goals, in consultation with teachers, parents and teaching assistants.