Parents are children’s first and most important teachers. Families motivate learning through example, encouragement and discussion. They foster self-discipline and positive values. Research demonstrates that children’s attitudes toward school and their success in school are directly influenced by their families’ involvement in their education. Families also require supports from the education sector and the community to ensure the success of their children, from the early years through early childhood education, through the Prekindergarten to grade 12 education system and in their adult years through the provincial library system and literacy supports.
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 Learning and Child Care Branch provides policy and program direction, financial, professional and evaluation supports and community partnerships related to early childhood development, licensed child care, KidsFirst and PreKindergarten programs and services.
The French Education Branch provides French language educational services for Francophone, French Immersion and Core French programmes in Saskatchewan schools.
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.
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.
The Student Support Services Branch develops legislation, regulations, guidelines, and resources for the provision of inclusive specialized supports and services for all students, including those with diverse, intensive, and English as an Additional Language needs. It administers grants, provides province-wide policies, and manages program accountability, research and evaluation related to Immigration, Caring and Respectful Schools, Alternate Format Materials, Early Childhood Intervention Programs, Provincial Alternative Schools, and Youth in Custody. The branch supports curriculum development through the Adaptive Dimension, Alternative Education Programs, and Functional Integrated Programs. It works across the ministry and government to link immigration, disability, and advocacy groups in other ministries and other governments.
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