Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincial program, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It is designed to specifically meet the needs of children who require extra support. ASCD recognizes that inclusion and providing intervention and support during the early stages of development is important and allows children to grow and learn in a safe and nurturing environment.
The South Vancouver Island ASCD Program was created with Aboriginal cultural values, beliefs, and traditions in mind. ASCD provides culturally safe services for children to support their participation in child care settings such as preschool, daycare, before and after school care, and community programs.
The ASCD Program provides services for children, birth to 12 years of age. These services are for those children who need support in the following areas: physical, communication, cognitive, social/emotional and behavioural development.
The Aboriginal Supported Child Development Team strives to support the healthy development of Aboriginal children and families.
We provide support to families living on Traditional Land or in urban settings in the South Vancouver Island region, which includes the nine local First Nations. Support is culturally sensitive, voluntary, and family centred.
Inquiry FormIntake is by phone (250) 384-3211 or in person between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Inquiries for intake can be done by completing the below form. All referrals must go through Intake.
Supporting you to access community resources and health services.
Planning activities to support your child’s growth and development.
Completing developmental screenings and assessments at your request.
Offering education and support for families, child care providers, and school. We also provide online tutoring support.
Your ASCD Consultant will visit your home and in your child’s child care settings.
Providing funding for extra staffing support in child care setting if required.
About Our Logo
A provincial logo for ASCD was developed by the artist John Powell from Alert Bay. John created a beautiful logo representing the generations travelling together, carrier by a juvenile eagle feather, crossing four bands of colour representing the four directions.