Early RISErs

Early RISErs learning support program brings together a wide range of early childhood professionals and assistive technology to offer families of young children a unique opportunity to develop and grow together.


This learning support program is for preschool age children (three to five) who are able to participate in small group programming with some independence.


East Vancouver Learning Centre – 3296 East Broadway.


Program runs in the Fall, Winter and Spring on Fridays from 10am to 12pm or Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm. The program does not run on long weekends.

Fall 2024: Oct 4/5, 18/19, 25/26, Nov 1/2, 15/16, 22/23, 29/30, Dec 6/7, 13/14
Winter 2025: Jan 10/11, 17/18, 24/25, 31/Feb 1, 7/8, 21/22, 28/Mar 1, 7/8, 14/15

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Program Description

Early RISErs brings together Speech-Language Pathologists, Kindergarten teachers, Early Childhood Educators, Behavioural Interventionists, and Occupational Therapists to offer families a unique technology-embracing program that provides assessments, skill learning, parent networking and strategies to overcome children’s challenges by leveraging strengths.

Early RISErs is an early childhood education and intervention program with parent/guardian participation that is focused on equipping families with knowledge about their young child and their learning and development to date.

The program, designed and facilitated by early childhood experts, focuses on key areas of learning and development including early literacy, early numeracy, speech language acquisition, social and emotional learning, and physical literacy to give families a detailed snapshot of their child’s learning and development to date, and engage young children in hands-on learning opportunities carefully scaffolded to individual child’s needs.

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Who is the Early RISErs program for?

The Early RISErs program is for any parents/guardians who are seeking evidence-based early childhood educational programming, early intervention support and information, and insight about their child’s learning and development. The program is suitable for both families with no specific concerns about their child’s learning and development, and families who may have concerns and are looking to have their child work with a range of early childhood professionals who can provide specific information about their child’s learning challenges, strengths, and development to date.

Early RISErs uses a small group format (10 children and their parent/guardian) and involves both whole group (parent/guardian and child) learning activities, and time where children work in small groups and individually with learning support staff. Parent/guardian participation is central to young children’s successful participation in the program. In separate workshops, through detailed reporting, or by appointment, parents/guardians also receive information and guidance relevant to their child’s educational, learning, and social needs.

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Program Highlights

Key features of our Early RISErs program:

  • Intake screening for all program applicants.
  • The use of informal and formal assessment measures to identify and communicate each individuals learning and development to date.
  • Small group and individual instruction.
  • Engaging and hands-on programming incorporating age-appropriate assistive technology developed in partnership with the Bloorview Research Institute.
  • A detailed report of the child’s learning and development to date at the conclusion of the program.
  • Programming developed and delivered by an inter professional early childhood team that can assess and support children and families in all areas of early development.
  • Referrals to further early years supports, professionals, and resources on an as-needed basis.
  • Targeted information around early development, early childhood education, and the transition to kindergarten for families.
  • Opportunities to build community with other families with young children.
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We operate on a sliding scale fee model to ensure our services are accessible to all families.

Individualized Reports

The program includes an individualized report of your child’s learning and development to date covering areas such as receptive and expressive language, early literacy and numeracy learning, social and emotional learning, and fundamental movement skill development. The program includes a detailed report of your child’s learning and development to date at the conclusion of the program.

Bursaries & Funding

Internal bursaries may be available for families who qualify.

Please see our Funding Page under Resources for more information on third party grants and qualification criteria.

Most of our programs qualify for BC Ministry Autism / ASD funding.

Program Pricing

$675 for the 18 or 20 hours, 9 or 10 week program. We can discuss detailed fees and bursary support options during your intake interview.

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Become a Donor

We are grateful for the generous donors who are making a difference in the lives of children across BC.

If you would like to contribute to our bursary fund, please consider making a monthly or one time donation.

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Thank you

Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and funders who make it possible for us to provide bursaries and affordable programs. Our donors play a vital role in sustaining our programming. We are so grateful for their continued support of children and youth in our community with learning differences.

We believe that every individual should be empowered to achieve greatness their way.