About Supported Child Development:
Supported Child Development (SCDP) is a community-based program that assists families of children with extra
support needs to access inclusive child care. SCDP operates under the principles of inclusion and family-centred practice, and uses a multi-disciplinary team approach. The service is voluntary and free of charge, with funding for services coming from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. SCDP programs have Local Advisory Committees (LACs) that involve parents and other key community and government partners in program planning, decision-making, and service delivery.
SCDP 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
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 with their peers.
Support with finding and arranging suitable childcare(note: SCDP does not cover the cost of the childcare space fee, but does cover the cost of additional staffing if that is required to meet your child’s needs)
Who qualifies for services?
The West/ Kootenay Boundary SCDP program is intended to serve children from birth to 12, with services for youth 13 – 19 years currently available on a case-by-case basis. Children who require extra support to be included in a child care setting due to a developmental delay or disability in physical, cognitive, communicative or emotional, social, behavioural areas living in the West Kootenay Boundary region are eligible. Our program has 4 consultants who serve areas including, but not limited to: Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Fruitvale, Grand Forks, Rock Creek, Kaslo, New Denver, Nakusp, Salmo, Winlaw, South Slocan & all communities in between.
How do I get services?
Parents may self-refer or, with parent permission, referrals may come from community professionals such as Infant Development Consultants, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Family Doctors, Public Health Nurses and Social Workers. Aboriginal families may choose to receive services through the West Kootenay Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program.
How does the program work?
Once we receive a referral, the consultant for your community will contact you to set up a suitable time and place to meet with you to complete intake information and talk to you about your family’s needs from the program. They will become involved with supporting the staff at the centre your child attends, and arrange for a team meeting with you and those working with your child. At the team meeting, you will lead the setting of goals for your child’s development. These meetings happen on a regular basis to look at progress and determine the level of support needs. You may contact your consultant at any time to borrow resources from our library, find out about other services available or ask for information.
Where do the services take place?
Whenever possible, childcare takes place in an inclusive group setting where consultants can observe your child and share information with the staff supporting them. Team meetings often happen at the childcare location, or another confidential place is arranged for when needed. When appropriate, developmental assessments can occur in the centre and/or in your home. Consultants aim to be flexible in when they are available to meet and you can meet with them in your home or another place you choose. We also welcome visits to our offices located in Castlegar, where you can find our lending library as well.
Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust and Variety: The Children's Charity we now have many new resources to share with our childcare centres and parents. Please click on the links below to look at our list of equipment, toys and books. Contact your cosultant if you would like to borrow something.
Regional Resource Library
West Kootenay Boundary
Supported Child Development
1-888-644-5616 ext. 5095
Dina Zanet Costa
Supported Child Development Consulant
Nelson, Kaslo, Salmo
1-888-644-5616 ext. 5101
Supported Child Development Consultant
Castlegar, Trail, Rossland.
1-888-644-5616 ext. 5096
Supported Child Development Consultant
Grand Forks and Boundary
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm