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Early Childhood Intervention

Working together to ID key challenges & solutions

Inclusion BC is working with other sector leaders, families and community-based service providers to strengthen investments in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services in British Columbia. Efforts to date include:

Dec 2015-Nov 2016: Parent Feedback project led by FSI-BC (read the report)

Fall 2016: Our Stories - a BCACDI project documenting the experiences of children who rely on ECI in BC. Read & share these compelling stories  #KidsCantWait

November 2016: Provincial ECI Summit hosted by Inclusion BC and partners: Photo gallery & report

December 2016: Release of two reports on collaborative efforts to asses the status of ECI programs in BC:

January 2017: Launch of #KidsCantWait campaign

February 2017:

March 2017

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists-BC: Press release on fixing BC's OT shortage
  • Ministry for Children & Family Development confirns tha BC Budget 2017 includes $8 million in new funding to start addressing ECI gaps. 

July 2017

September 2017

November 2017

  • BC Legislative Committee on Finance & Government Services urges new investments in inclusive early years programs in BC's 2018 Budget. Read the report

January 2018

Take Action: #KidsCantWait

  • Sign up for updates from Inclusion BC or visit this page to see What's New in our #KidsCantWait campaign.
  • Share the message: Help us get the word out in your local and online communities that #KidsCantWait.

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About Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in BC

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) for children with developmental challenges includes provincially-funded services and supports offered via community-based providers, including many Inclusion BC members.  

Therapies include Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT). Program services include Infant Development Program (IDP) and Aboriginal IDP, Supported Child Development (SCDP) and Aboriginal SCDP. The province also provides Direct Funding to families for autism intervention. Learn more:

Why ECI?

An extensive research base supports the immediate and long-term societal benefits of investing in ECI programs to help all children develop to their full potential. Also, it is the right of every child to access ECI to support their healthy development. Read our Social Policy positions on:

Read about the proven benefits of ECI:

ECI Gaps in BC

Inclusion BC and our partners have been working to identify gaps so that we can improve ECI in BC. Identified gaps include:

  • No increase in ECI program funding for 10 years, while needs and mandates have grown, resulting in unacceptable wait times.
  • Families lack information, struggle to navigate a complex system and have to fight for scarce services, when they already feel overwhelmed by a child's special challenges.
  • Lack of a long-term vision and unifying ECI policy framework that is child- and family-centred. Services are fragmented and funding is reactive.
  • Staff training, recruitment and retention challenges, along with data gaps, further  undercut the effectiveness of ECI investments.