Early childhood special education is based on a combined set of individually and developmentally appropriate practices.
School authorities use the following general principles, which are outlined in Alberta Education’s Kindergarten Program Statement (Revised September 2005), when working with children:
- Young children learn best when programming meets their developmental needs.
- Young children develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them for later learning.
- Young children with special education needs, through early intervention strategies, develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them for later learning.
- Young children build a common set of experiences through interaction with others.
- Parents have the opportunity for meaningful involvement in the education of their young children.
- Coordinated community services meet the needs of young children and their families. Children with special education needs require additional supports, accommodations and adaptations to general ECS programming.
Standards for the Provision of Early Childhood Special Education describes how school authorities meet these individual needs within a developmentally appropriate program as outlined by the broad principles listed above.
Standards for Special Education, Amended June 2004
This ministerial order outlines the requirements for school boards regarding the delivery of education programming and services to students with special education needs in Grade 1 to Grade 12.