The Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) provides home-based specialized services and support to families with children who are experiencing developmental delay or disability or are at risk of experiencing development delays. Examples of these services include:
- child assessment;
- developmental strategies;
- case coordination;
- transition support; and
This program helps to improve your child's development by measuring your child's abilities and providing appropriate activities you can do at home. As a parent, the program will help you understand the delay or disability and the impact on your family. As a parent or caregiver, the program provides connection to other services to support the parent as the child transitions into school or a centre-based programming.
Children experiencing developmental delays or disabilities and children who may be at risk of experiencing developmental delays are eligible for ECIP services.
These delays may be:
- cognitive, such as challenges problem-solving or reasoning;
- physical, such as challenges walking or using utensils;
- social, such as challenges interacting with others;
- emotional, such as challenges coping with negative emotions; or
- communicative, such as challenges talking or understanding speech.
Children do not require a diagnosis to begin home-visiting services through ECIP. ECIP work is most successful when delays are addressed at an early stage. Participation can begin at birth, or as soon as the family notices a delay in development. Involvement in the program is voluntary. Parents may refer themselves to their local ECIP or be referred by others in the family's care-circle, such as health care professionals or educators, with parental consent.
Contacting ECIPs Near You
ECIP is delivered in 14 regions across Saskatchewan, by 12 community-based organizations and two school divisions.
||Surrounding area, including Ile-a-la-Crosse
||South East Cornerstone School Division
||Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School