What is PUF?
Alberta Education provides Program Unit Funding (PUF) to support the educational needs of children with a severe developmental disability or delay. Children who are at least 2 ½ years of age and less than 6 years of age on September 1 are eligible. The funding is used to support children’s participation and learning in early childhood programs.
Children who are younger than age 3 are considered ‘early entry’. It is important parents know the advantages and challenges of starting program unit funding at this age.
How is PUF eligibility determined?
Alberta Education approves requests for funding based on the information provided to them. The GRIT Program will submit information which could include: a physician’s letter confirming a diagnosis or delay, developmental assessments, descriptions of concerns involving significant impacts on child’s learning.
Does my child have to have a diagnosis?
No, your child does not need to have a diagnosis or disability to receive PUF funding. Funding can be accessed with assessments showing delays in developmental areas such as speech (understanding or speaking), gross/fine motor or behaviour.
How long is PUF funding?
PUF may be accessed for a maximum of three years, depending on the child’s individual needs and age when first approved.
Who applies for PUF?
Early childhood programs, such as The GRIT Program, apply for PUF funding with parent’s permission. As programs differ, parents are encouraged to gather all program information needed to make the best decision for their child and family.
How many programs can my child access through PUF?
A child can only access PUF for one program at a time. Families can choose to change between programs when appropriate. They do not need to stay with the same PUF provider for the entire 3 years.
For more information on PUF, please visit http://www.education.alberta.ca/parents/ecs.aspx for more information or call our family support social worker at 780 454-9910, extension 207.