Establishing a strong foundation for living and learning in the early years helps to ensure the future success of children. Whether it is a private or public childcare centre, diverse and inclusive early learning and childcare environments provide children with rich learning experiences, where they develop the necessary skills for their future.
NBACL works with Early Learning and Childcare professionals to ensure that all children, including children with an intellectual disability have the right supports for bright futures. We do this through mentoring and support and through the development of early learning and childcare resources. We also provide support to families who want to ensure that their children have the right supports during their earliest milestones.
Supports for Families
A child’s early years are a time of learning and adjustment for many families. Parents who have a young child with an intellectual disability may also be learning about their child and his or her disability, how to access services and supports for their son or daughter and to be a strong voice for their child.
NBACL Early Learning and Childcare staff members work with families to:
- Provide information about government subsidy programs that assist families in accessing quality inclusive early learning and child care;
- Assist with strategies to support their children to transition to early learning and child care environments to transitions to school;
- Connect families to other partner agencies and people in the community who offer various supports (ie. Stan Cassidy Centre; developmental team; Learning Disabilities Association and Autism Support Centres); and
- Offer professional learning and information sessions for families where we provide practical tools, strategies and resources that are geared to support the inclusion of children in early learning and childcare environments and successful transition to school.
Supports for Professionals
Through our Early Childhood Development Program in partnership with Early Childhood Care and Education New Brunswick, NBACL provides supports to early learning and child care staff working in centres where children with disabilities and additional needs are enrolled.
We offer centre staff on-site support consultation as well as resources, professional learning and practical strategies to enhance the full participation of all children.
NBACL provides opportunities for knowledge sharing, relationship building, personal responses, referrals and links to other early childhood organizations.
Focus on Inclusion
Focus on Inclusion is a 3 year initiative funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The program covers all new school districts in Francophone and Anglophone regions.
Through Focus on Inclusion, NBACL’s Early Learning Inclusion Facilitators provide onsite consultation support in prior to school environments. We do this through modeling, mentoring, coaching for all staff in early learning and childcare centres. NBACL develops and delivers professional learning related to inclusion for staff and families. We also provide resources and referrals for staff and families to supports needed.
Any family who has a child 2 years to 12 years of age and who is eligible for child care placement can request NBACL’s support this program through a referral from any of the following:
- Early Intervention
- The child’s early learning and childcare centre
- The child’s family
- A Provincial early learning and childcare coordinator
- A community partner such as Talk with Me
If a child is referred to NBACL, but does not meet our eligibility, we will refer the family, agency or centre to the correct funding/support program. A family can also be referred through our Family Support program. If a Family Support Facilitator identifies the need for enhanced support for a child, NBACL’s Early Learning Inclusion Facilitator can, at the family’s request and with the permission of the centre, observe the staff interaction with the child at the centre. Support usually follows from that point.
NBACL offers many professional development opportunities for early learning and childcare professionals. Explore the Online Learning Modules, Helpful Links and Resources sections on this page to learn more, or check out our Training Brochure.