What are Early Childhood Intervention Programs?
Early Childhood Intervention Programs (ECIP’s) are divisions of province-wide networks of community based supports for families of children who experience developmental delays. ECIP Interventionists utilize a strength-based approach to deliver family-focused, home and center based services to families.
ECIP Interventionists build trusting relationships with families and assists them in working towards mutually identified goals.
Our Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP)
Our Holy Family Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) focuses on engaging and providing interventions and support to children (birth to 5 years old) who are experiencing delays in their development. Delays may be demonstrated in any of the following areas:
- Motor Skills
Examples of Delayed Development
Examples of delays children may experience could include, but are not limited to:
What We Offer
Through home and community visits, our Interventionists help parents and caregivers:
- By using a Strength-based approach to build capacity in parents and caregivers to help meet their child’s needs.
- Assist with assessment and goal setting.
- Provide education and support regarding child development.
- Use Play-based interventions to help children learn new skills.
- Assist with routines and school transitions.
- Provide consultation with Community
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM CORE SERVICES
ECIP support families in enhancing their child’s development through the following services:
- Information gathering and observation including developmental screening.
- Development of a child profile across various settings.
- Ongoing modeling and coaching of developmental activities and strategies within everyday routines.
- Assess, monitor and report on child progress utilizing the Assessment Evaluation & Programming System (AEPS) in addition to other tools, if necessary.
ECIP services are part of a range of community‐based services and supports designed to strengthen families, augment parenting skills and foster healthy child development. The following case coordination and transition support services are provided:
- Facilitating service coordination including referrals and application processes for services or funding.
- Facilitating regular review and revision of service plans with families and team members.
- Coordinating multi-disciplinary assessments or planning meetings if applicable.
- Providing consultation in community settings (e.g., childcare programs and schools).
When a child moves from one setting to another, such as from home into a childcare program or into school, it is a stressful time of change for both the child and the family. ECIP services assist in the transition process through systematic planning and the preparation of the child, the family and the receiving setting. ECIP staff prepares reports and documentation as well as assist in getting necessary resources through grant applications and advocacy when needed.
ECIP’s facilitate and contribute to community development in order to build or strengthen the continuum of supports and opportunities available to families whose children experience or are at risk for developmental delays. This can include joint events to engage families and/or children, systemic advocacy to address barriers or gaps in resources, presentations to increase public awareness, and involvement with early childhood coalitions.
ECIP services have an open referral system, where referrals can be made directly by the family or on behalf of the family with their consent. Eligibility for services is determined through an initial screening process and home visit. The eligibility criteria for services include a developmental delay or a risk for developmental delay based on documented biological or psychosocial risk factors.
Parents can refer their children to our program, by calling the number below or submitting a referral form. Forms are available at:
- Each of our Holy Family Schools
- Community Centers
- Health Regions
- Our website
Intervention Program (ECIP)