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 1pm – 3pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm. The program does not run on long weekends.
Fall 2023: October 13 – December 16
Winter 2024: January 12 – March 16
Spring 2024: April 5 – June 15
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.Apply Now
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.
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.
I think Early RISErs was excellent for [my son]! It’s so great to get direct feedback about the areas that he’s thriving in and some areas that we can be a support. For example, giving us physical activities that we can do with him and also the tip of making it fun.Parent of 3-year-old LDS student
I like the tangible feedback that the program offers such as setting up a scene for him to help develop his social skills.
I discovered that [my son] is not behind his peers in where he’s at learning wise, which is helpful since I didn’t know where he’s supposed to be. The staff at Early RISErs were exceptional in assessing and explaining where [my son] is at.
I will definitely recommend early risers to others since it was so beneficial to [my son]!
LDS Early Risers program has helped my family get a sense of direction on how to raise our 4-year-old daughter. The educators and specialists were welcoming, kind and well versed in their field so much so that it positively impacted the way my daughter engaged in the class. My daughter enjoyed doing various activities at the centre and the team was very keen on not forcing the children to participate in different activities.Parent of a 4-year-old LDS student
Participating in Early RISErs has been incredibly meaningful and impactful for my son, and our family.Jaye, Parent of a 3-year-old LDS student
The program is just what we feel our son needed; a close look at his skills and development from different professionals. We have learned so much about his development, interests, skills and personality. Our hope is that this program can reach many, many more families like us as it grows over the years.Jaye, Parent of a 3-year-old LDS student
We operate on a sliding scale fee model to ensure our services are accessible to all families.
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.
$625 for the 18 or 20 hours, 9 or 10 week program. We can discuss detailed fees and bursary support options during your intake interview.
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.
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