Aboriginal Supported Child Development (Vanderhoof and Burns Lake)

Sometimes kids need extra support to develop their skills. The Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) program was built on the belief that, through inclusion in publicly available preschool, and daycare, children with developmental disabilities can learn a full range of skills, and actively participate in home and community life. Children with special needs living in Takla, Yekooche, Stellaquo, Saik'uz, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof and Nadleh Whut'en are eligible for services which are generally provided from Monday to Friday from 830-430pm. Our service schedule is determined based on client need and availability, and may change on a week to week basis.

ASCD supports any children or youth from 0-18 years old with developmental delays, including speech and language delays, fine motor delays, gross motor delays, cognitive delays, and social, emotional and behavioural delays. Children do not need a diagnosis to access the ASCD programs however, some children already may have diagnoses such as down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), speech disorders such as apraxia, and complex health care needs, and are welcome to receive supports.

The goals of the program are for children with developmental delays to:Any family or care providers who have a concern that a child has a developmental delay in any domain may refer children to the ASCD program. Our referral form can be obtained through the CSFS Vanderhoof office. Referrals from professionals must have parental consent.

  • Receive support in developing their skills
  • Receive one-on-one support throughout their early childhood, when needed
  • Receive timely assessments, when applicable

For parents whose children are developmentally delayed or may be developmentally delayed to:

  • Learn new parenting skills
  • Find ways to develop a meaningful connection with their child
  • Know that they are not alone and that resources are available to assist them

Funding for ASCD is provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Services, and all ASCD services are provided free of charge.

For more information, please contact the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program at
240 West Stewart Street
Vanderhoof, BC
V0J 3A0

Phone: 250-567-2900
Cell: 250-524-0238
Toll Free: 1-866-567-2333
Email: dawne@csfs.org


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