Program Unit Funding (PUF) is provided by Alberta Education to school authorities for children with severe disabilities (based on formal diagnosis) who are at least 2 years and 8 months of age and under 6 years of age on September 1 who require support beyond what is offered in regular Early Childhood Services (ECS) programs.
Information and documentation from qualified specialists must be completed before a child may be eligible for PUF. The child’s functioning levels are also considered in determining programming needs. For assessment and referral information, please see your healthcare provider, visit your local health unit, or contact EIPS’ Early Learning Services at 780-417-8219.
EIPS provides several options for children who qualify based on the child’s needs and age, program availability and parent choice. Children may attend a regular Kindergarten class or the pre-Kindergarten PALS (Play and Learn at School) program.
Working in partnership with families, we support parents’ efforts in developing and reinforcing skills at home.
What funding is available for my child and how is this funded by Alberta Education (how do we access it)?
Alberta Education provides funding directly to the school division for eligible children.
How is PUF eligibility determined?
Alberta Education approves requests for funding based on the information provided to them. EIPS will submit information which could include: a physician’s letter confirming a diagnosis or delay, developmental assessments, or descriptions of concerns involving significant impacts on the child’s learning.
How long is PUF funding?
PUF may be accessed for a maximum of three years, depending on the child’s individual needs and age when first approved.
Who applies for PUF?
Elk Island Public Schools applies for PUF funding from Alberta Education with parent’s permission.
How many programs can my child access through PUF?
A child can only access PUF with one school authority at a time. Families can choose to change or transfer between programs when appropriate. They do not need to stay with the same school authority for the entire 3 years.
For more information on school authority requirements for serving children with disabilities/delays, please visit Alberta Education's Diverse Learning Needs page.