Early Childhood Services

Learning begins the moment we are born.  During the early years, children learn about themselves and the world around them.  Their personalities take shape, and they begin to develop the foundations of knowledge that will support them throughout their lives. Rich Early Childhood Programs provide the opportunity for children to begin their learning in developmentally appropriate environments designed to meet the needs of young learners.

Fort Vermilion School Division provides Early Childhood Services in each school offering Primary programming unless student numbers are insufficient.  ECS programming is supervised by a certificated teacher. 

Entrance Age

  • A child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 to be admitted to ECS.
  • If a child turns 5 after September 1 but before January 1, the decision to admit the child rests with the parent and the principal.  If the child is enrolled in the ECS program, the parent must be aware that the child will be admitted to grade 1 the following year only on the recommendation of the principal. The principal will consider the results of a standardized assessment (the Brigance), as well as the ECS teacher’s recommendations, based on the years progress and classroom assessment.
  • A child who has documented mild or moderate needs will be eligible if that child is 4 years of age on or before September 1st.
  • A child who has documented severe needs will be admitted if that child is at least 3 years of age on or before September 1st.
  • A child who meets the criteria for ESL (English as a Second Language) identification will be admitted if that child is 4 years of age on or before September 1st.

Standards for the Provision of Early Childhood Special Education