THE BATTLEFORDS - Each year, Early Childhood Intervention Programs observe ECIP week to celebrate the progress of children and families, and to recognize the tremendous work of the staff, volunteers and board members. This year, ECIP Week in in Saskatchewan is being celebrated Sept. 12-18.
Battlefords ECIP will host an outdoor play event at the Natural Play Space, located in Centennial Park, on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 1:30–3:30 p.m. They encourage people to come and see the new swings that have been recently added to the park.
There are 14 Early Childhood Intervention Programs established across the province of Saskatchewan providing quality early intervention services to children 0-6 years of age with developmental delays and their families. For more than 40 years, they have been supporting families during the early formative years that shape a child’s learning and development before they enter school, which will have lasting impacts over their entire lifespan.
ECIPs work with over 1,250 families and serve 211 communities across the province in an average year.
There were many challenges that the pandemic COVID-19 created for the children and families that ECIP supports, with many educational and health services on hold for long periods of time. ECIP was able to adapt quickly and provide continuous services, as even a few months would be a missed opportunity for developmental increases during a short period in a child’s life.
Just as ECIP adapts the individualized programming for each child and family to suit their unique needs, workers were able to adapt ECIP services and learn from families what would work best for them during this unprecedented time.
For more information regarding the Early Childhood Intervention Program in the Battlefords, call 306-446-4545