educational programs

Program Unit Funding (PUF), Mild Moderate Programs, English as a Second Language Programs

With funding from Alberta Education, Lead Foundation provides three programs for children and their families in their preschool, community and home.

Program Unit Funding (PUF)

  • We follow your lead in working with the early childhood education program of your choice in your community. This may include a community preschool, kindergarten or daycare program.
  • We help your children learn and build essential skills for school and social success including talking and listening, physical skills, printing and eating, and managing behavior in the classroom and community.
  • Our teams work closely with Alberta Education, preschools, and you to make sure our program is tailored for your child.

Alberta Education provides Program Unit Funding (PUF) to assist children between the ages of 2 years, eight months and less than 6 years of age (as of Sept 1 of the school year) with severe needs within a school or community-based program.  The goal of this funding is to improve children’s developmental skills, including pre-academic skills, to ensure school success.

PUF programs are coordinated by a Teacher and may include a Child Development Specialist (CDS), Occupational Therapist (OT), Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), Psychologist, Program and Behavior Specialist (PBS) and Physical Therapist (PT).

Lead Foundation provides PUF funding to children with a variety of needs, including speech and language delays, ASD, developmental delays, sensory needs, behavior supports and motor planning needs.

Common Approach

Lead supports a Common Approach with our children who are eligible for both SS and PUF programs.

  • We offer both PUF and SS programs within Lead, utilizing one team and one plan.
  • We also collaboratively partner with other Service Providers utilizing one plan with one larger team.
  • We have worked collaboratively with others in the community since Lead’s inception.

pre-school04Mild Moderate Funding

This program focuses on helping children with mild to moderate difficulties experience preschool success.  Children in this program may need extra supports to achieve success at preschool.  These supports may be individual, small group or classroom based supports.  Alberta Education provides mild to moderate funding to assist children aged 3 years, eight months to less than 6 years of age on September 1 of the school year with mild to moderate delays.

English as a Second Language Funding

For families new to our country, or families who speak another language at home,  our staff can help parent’s access resources and programs, make connections and integrate into our society with as little difficulty as possible.  Lead works with Alberta Education to build programs rich in language and experiences while respecting family culture and traditions.  Our ESL programs focus on classroom based activities and literacy home based activities.

For more information on Alberta Education funded programs, please visit

pre-school02Our Programs also include:

Within our offices we provide individual and group based activities for all children.

Play Days

Play to learn and learn to play! Through planned play days children will have the opportunity to work on goals within the community and share learning experiences with peers. Examples of skills that can be learned through play day interactions include developing social skills, communication, self-esteem, friendship, self-regulation and community safety. Plays days run throughout the school year and summer months, offering Lead families and children an opportunity to meet each other and develop new skills on fun community based group outings.

Some of our groups also include fun community activities.  These groups have included: Halloween, Splash Parks, Safety City, West Jet tours, and many more!

Parent and Staff Group Sessions

Learning is an essential part of the work we do at Lead Foundation.  We value education for all ourselves, our staff and our families.  We provide parent supports through a weekly newsletter and individual and group programs.  These programs may be in your home, in your community or in our offices.

Some of our past groups include:

  • Food School
  • Speech Sounds
  • Preparing for Kindergarten
  • Bike Riding Skills
  • Early Literacy
  • Dentist Visits
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