Supported Child Development

RSCL’s Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) helps families of children with developmental delays/disabilities to access inclusive child care. The program serves families with children from birth to age 19 years, partnering with community licensed child care programs to offer a range of options for Richmond families whose children require additional supports to attend preschool, day care and out-of-school care.

Recognizing that all children should feel welcome and valued, SCDP assists parents to make choices in the best interests of their child. SCDP Consultants work collaboratively with child care programs as well as early intervention professionals to ensure that every child receives the support required. SCDP Consultants offer planning, training, resources and hands-on support to successfully include children with extra support needs into typical child care settings.

SCDP is a family-centred program that is offered free of charge. Parents may self-refer or referrals (with parent signature of consent) may come from community professionals such as Infant Development Consultants, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Doctors, Psychologists, Public Health Nurses and Social Workers. When making a referral include documentation related to the developmental delay/disability may be required.