Program Unit Funding (PUF)

Collaborative Service Delivery for Pre-schoolers with Severe Disabilities

Program Unit Funding (PUF) is provided to school authorities for Early Childhood Services (ECS) children with severe disabilities/delays who require additional support beyond that offered in a regular ECS program.

PUF is provided for individualized programming that meets the educational needs of children with severe disabilities/delays who are at least 2 years, 6 months of age and less than 6 years of age on September 1.

PUF may be paid for a maximum of three years for each eligible child.

For a child to enter the PUF program we will review any previous assessments from Speech Language Pathologist along with Physical and Occupational Therapists along with any other medical reports. FMCSD teachers and personnel will combine these reports along with the results from the Early Years Evaluation (EYE) and classroom observations to decide who we will be applying for Program Unit Funding. This does take time and is not unreasonable to take up until the end of November to finish this process. It is important to us to get to know the whole child and this takes time.

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The PUF/FSCD pilot, which started in September 2010, encourages greater collaboration and co-ordination of services to support children with severe disabilities by jointly identifying the needs of the child and family and how best to deliver the right services, at the right time.

The pilot is designed to provide families with a seamless, co-ordinated experience as they access services. Service providers will be able to provide more efficient and effective support to families so children with severe disabilities experience greater success in the home and community.  Families already receiving services separately under the two programs will not experience a change in the level or nature of supports they receive if their assessed needs have not changed.