Get Set for Success
Renfrew offers a comprehensive and innovative program that provides screening, assessment, and intervention services for children in ECS, allowing school jurisdictions throughout southern Alberta to fund multi-disciplinary services using Alberta Education funding. This program has been recognized as a huge step forward in combining early identification, effective intervention, and successful learning outcomes for kindergarten-aged children while building teacher strength in meeting the needs of students with diverse learning challenges. Renfrew also offers contract services for students in grades 1 through 12. For more information, follow this link to our Contract Services page.
Get Set for Success Includes:
- Comprehensive on-site screening, assessment, consultation, and treatment, provided by an experienced multidisciplinary team of occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists.
- Practical strategies provided to classroom staff on an individual basis, based on the needs of each child in the class.
- Multidisciplinary classroom sessions provide teachers with strategies to build fine and gross motor skills, listening, language, and literacy. In-services may be offered based on the needs of a particular school.
Successful Learning Outcomes
Starting with 47 schools in the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) in 2002, the program has been so successful that it now operates in 185 classrooms, screening over 20,000 kindergarten children with previously unidentified learning needs. More than 30% of these children were identified as meeting the criteria for mild moderate funding (MM) and 3% met the criteria for program unit funding (PUF). Identified children are provided with personalized learning plans, intervention and consultation. Data shows that, over the past 5 years, 89% of children in the MM category achieved or surpassed their learning goals. (A letter of support from the CCSD can be downloaded below.)
Since 2009, Renfrew has delivered the program to two independent schools whose populations are primarily english-second-language learners (ESL). Results at these schools demonstrate that early intervention support is critical to academic success for children with learning challenges.
Alberta Education mild-moderate funding (MM) and program-unit funding (PUF) support the full cost of this program.
To bring this innovative program to your schools, contact:
Janice McTighe, Executive Director