Special Programming (PUF)
PUF (Program Unit Funding) is funding that comes from Alberta Education to provide programming for children with severe disabilities who require additional support beyond that offered in a regular ECS program.
Children must be assessed and present with a severe delay in one of the following areas: speech/language, behaviour or have a diagnosed medical condition.
Children may access PUF for two years prior to entering kindergarten.
- Westwind provides a younger program for PUF children (2.8-3.7 years).
- PUF children (3.8-4.7 years) attend the regular Early Learning Program.
There is no cost for a child to attend either program if they qualify for PUF.
Once a child has been approved for PUF, registration for the appropriate program is completed online through your local community school.
Please contact the Early Learning Supervisor/Coordinator or community preschool teacher to access screening and/or assessment or to see if your child is eligible for Program Unit Funding.
Westwind offers Early Childhood Programs in six locations: Cardston Elementary School, Mountain View School, Spring Glen Elementary School, Magrath Elementary School, Raymond Elementary School and Stirling School.
For information regarding a specific program please contact the school closest to your home address.
Questions regarding children experiencing developmental delays prior to kindergarten entry should be directed to:
Sandi Letioa, Early Learning Supervisor, (403) 653-5634 (Cardston, Mountain View, Hillspring, Glenwood, Magrath)
Sue Heggie, Early Learning Coordinator, (403) 752-3004 (Raymond & Stirling)