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Community members play a key role in the Ministry of Education.  Ensuring that the education system has a meaningful and lasting impact requires the contributions of many community members including students, families, communities, teachers, administrators, school community councils, boards of education, public library staff and boards, and people involved in early learning and child care.  Programs and services offered by the Education sector provide opportunities for our children, youth and adult citizens to fulfill their learning potential and contribute to strong and stable Saskatchewan communities.

Early Childhood Intervention Programs (ECIPs) are a province-wide network of community-based supports for families of children who experience developmental delays. ECIPs utilize a strength-based approach to deliver family-focused, home- and centre-based services to families.  Early Childhood Interventionists and Consultants build trusting relationships with families and assist them in working toward mutually-identified goals.

The Early Years Branch provides leadership to the Early Years (0 – 8).   Responsibilities include managing community-based programs (KidsFirst, Early Childhood Intervention Programs, Child Nutrition and Development Program and Regional Intersectoral Committees), licensing, monitoring and supporting early learning and child care, managing the Prekindergarten program and supporting Kindergarten.  Through direct service, education, collaboration and engagement with stakeholders the branch supports high quality environments for children that promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual development so children enter school ready to be successful.

The French Education Branch provides French language educational services for Francophone, French Immersion and Core French programmes in Saskatchewan schools.

Multilingual Services of the Saskatchewan Provincial Library provides books and materials in world languages to community members through public libraries. Contact your nearest library branch for more information.

The Provincial Library develops the legislative and policy framework for the operations of the Saskatchewan public library system and the Multitype Library Board.  It administers grants, provides province-wide library policies, maintains an electronic library information network, including the Single Integrated Library System and coordinates resource sharing activities such as digitization projects, databases and multilingual services.

Literacy Office
The Literacy Office raises public awareness of the importance of literacy and works with communities to coordinate a provincial approach to basic literacy and essential skills development for learners of all ages.  Initiatives include the Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund that provides support for community-based literacy projects and the development of Family Literacy hubs province-wide.  The Literacy Office also works across government to link literacy strategies in all ministries.

SCCs are school-level advisory bodies that are required in every school.  The Education Act, 1995 and The Education Regulations,1986 provide a common, yet flexible, framework for all SCCs.  Under the authority of boards of education, SCCs have specific powers and duties. SCCs consist of elected members and appointed members.

Complete list of all school divisions

The Programs and Instruction Unit leads and facilitates supports and services to education stakeholders to meet the needs of teaching and learning in order that all learners reach their full potential.

First Nations and Métis Education
First Nations and Métis perspectives, content, and ways of knowing are accessible and visible across all of the work done by the Ministry of Education.  The Student Achievement and Supports Branch works closely with school divisions and other educational partners to create First Nations and Métis education plans, develop curriculum and learning supports, ensure equitable resources and opportunities, and strategically address the growing and diverse population of Saskatchewan.  The Student Achievement and Supports Branch also works to develop partnerships with First Nations and Métis organizations, retain and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures, conduct and implement research to identify best promising practices, all with the objective of ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for Saskatchewan students.

Independent Schools and Home-based Education
The Programs and Instruction Unit registers, inspects and supervises independent schools, monitors the registration of home-based education programs with school divisions, and ensures compliance with the legal requirements for the operation of independent schools and home-based education programs.

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