Early Child Services (ECS)

For All PUF Eligible Children Between 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 years old

Program Description

PREP has provided a high quality Early Childhood Services (ECS) program to PUF eligible children in Calgary for over 33 years. Our goal at PREP is to provide an enriched learning environment with therapy services tailored to meet each individual child’s unique needs as they prepare for a successful transition into Kindergarten and beyond. Our program prides itself on:

  • Administering the Program Unit Funding (PUF) grant for families who have an eligible child
  • Small class sizes
  • Large, bright classrooms with excellent resources 
  • Certified teacher with aide support leading the program
  • Individual and group therapy services, including Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, and Physiotherapy
  • Parent education and involvement
  • Community preschool placement options


Program Unit Funding (PUF) is provided to school authorities for ECS children with severe disabilities/delays who require additional support beyond what is offered  in a regular ECS program. PREP’s ECS program is offered for 2 consecutive years starting when the child is 2 years and 8 months old by September 1, and who have been identified with a severe disability/delay. In addition, we encourage the inclusion of peer models within all of our ECS classes to provide our PUF eligible students with support from their typical peers. 

Therapy Services

At PREP we believe that PUF eligible children benefit from both group and individual therapy. While participating in classroom based activities, each child will have the opportunity to work on their therapeutic goals with support from our multidisciplinary therapy team, including a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Assistants, Physiotherapist, and Music Therapist. In addition, children at PREP receive one individualized speech session and one individualized occupational therapy session each month. Children are accompanied by a parent during these individual sessions, which makes this a great time for families to learn from the therapists in order to use similar strategies and techniques at home. 


Visit https://forms.gle/Akxs4R6gwJQKhqom9 to register for the 2022/2023 school year.

For more information about our ECS program, please contact Roxane Schulte, PUF Coordinator at rschulte@prepprogram.ca 

PREP Membership

A $75.00 CDN yearly Society Fee is mandatory to access all PREP programs.