Program Unit Funding (PUF)

What is Program Unit Funding (PUF)?

  • Additional funding provided by Alberta Education to approved Early Childhood Services* operators.
  • Available for eligible children with severe disabilities between the ages of 3 to 6 years.
  • Available for a maximum of 3 consecutive years(if eligible)
  • Provided for children who require additional support beyond that offered in a regular program.
  • Generally covers the costs of  Educational Assistant Support,  therapy services, and specialized materials.
  • Requires that an Individualized Program Plan be developed each year the child accesses PUF.
  • Allows for children to be supported in a setting that best meets their educational needs. This is usually a Playschool, Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten.

* Early childhood Services refers to the broad, coordinated system of local and provincial programs that meet the developmental and special needs of young children and their families.

When should I be concerned about my child's development?

You may wish to make an appointment with a pediatrician, health-care professional, speech-language pathologist or psychologist if your child experiences any of the following:

  • Has a physical disability or medical condition.
  • Is very hard to understand, especially to people who are not familiar to him/her.
  • Ignores your voice when you are not facing one another.
  • Isn't learning new words as quickly as most children his/her age.
  • Gets very close to things he wants to see.
  • Bumps into things.
  • Has difficulty holding and using a cup, spoon, or toys.
  • Seems to be in his/her "own little world" and doesn't interact or play with others.
  • Is unusually aggressive with brothers or sisters, pets, or peers.
  • Often seems to forget what he/she has been asked to do.

* All children show these behaviours some of the time. If any of these behaviours persist over a long period of time, and if they are combined with other concerns you have, it would be advisable to investigate further. Your child MAY qualify for Early Childhood Services in Chinook's Edge School Division.

What disabilities would my child need to have in order to be eligible?

  • Speech and language delays
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Severe behavioural or emotional difficulties
  • Physical disability
  • Medical concerns
  • Significant developmental delays

Will my child receive therapy through PUF?

Yes, therapists and other outside professionals may be contracted for consultation to staff and to you, within the education setting. The supports available to us include:

  • Speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and psychology are available . 

Who do I contact for more information?

Dawn Weststrate, Student Services Coordinator