Province Reverses Hold on Funding for Inclusion Support Program

The Government of Manitoba has announced it will be reversing the hold it placed on the Inclusion Support Program. (ISP)

Province quickly reverses move to deny funding for children with special needs, Winnipeg Free Press, June 27, 2017

We welcome the news that all pending applications that meet the criteria will be supported, and thank Minister Fielding for hearing the concerns from the public.   We remain uncertain about their plan for new ISP funding applications, and  future funding and policy decisions.

Our recommendations are outlined in this letter:  Minister Fielding letter June 29, 2017

Background, June 23, 2017

The Pallister Government has put Manitoba’s Inclusion Support Program on hold pending a review.  This leaves families of children with additional support needs planning to enroll or transfer from another child care facility  out of luck,  or in the dark while waiting for their child’s funding application to be processed.    MCCA believes all children should receive the support they need to succeed and the Government of Manitoba needs to  adequately fund  its’ Inclusion Support Program.

In  2009, new regulations for inclusive child care were put in place. Child care facilities must provide inclusive programming and ensure individual program plans are in place for children with additional support needs.  As of the end of the 2016 fiscal year, 1,541 children were being supported.  61% of licensed child care  centres and 8% of licensed child care homes were participating in the Inclusion Support Program

A Guide to the Inclusion Support Program, Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care

Winnipeg Free Press, June 24, 2017  Funding cut for special-needs kids

Licensed child care programs are often first to identify preschool children with developmental delays and initiate referrals for diagnostic  assessment.  Based on individual needs, it may be determined by a qualified professional (physician, therapist, nurse, children’s special services )  that the child requires additional staff support in the child care care facility.  Developmental goals and Individual  Program Plans are developed.  The final decision for funding is made by the Early Learning and Child Care Program.

Persons affected by the freeze should email their concerns to their  own MLA,  and copy to:

Minister of Families, Hon. Scott Fielding:  minfs@leg.gov.mb.ca

Minister of Education & Chair of the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet:  Hon. Ian Wishart:  minedu@leg.gov.mb.ca

Premier of Manitoba, Hon. Brian Pallister:  premier@leg.gov.mb.ca

Michelle Stephen Wiens, A/Director, Early Learning and Child Care:  Michelle.Stephen-Wiens@gov.mb.ca

Nahanni Fontaine, Opposition Critic for Families:  nahanni.fontaine@leg.gov.mb.ca

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