What is PUF?
Alberta Education provides Program Unity Funding (PUF) to support early 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 prior to starting school.
Children who are younger than age 3 are considered ‘early entry’. It is important parents know the advantages and challenges if they choose to start PUF at this early age.
Who applies for PUF?
Early childhood programs, such as GRIT, apply for PUF funding with parent’s permission. PUF may be accessed for a maximum of three years, depending on the child’s individual needs and age when first approved. As parents have a choice of who provides early childhood services, they are encouraged to gather all program information needed to make the best decision for their child and family. The GRIT Program will submit information to Alberta Education for approval of funding which could include: a physician’s letter confirming a diagnosis or delay, developmental assessments, descriptions of concerns involving significant impact on the child’s learning.
Delays in developmental areas may include areas such as speech (understanding or speaking), motor (walking, grasping), cognitive or thinking (play skills, problem solving), or behaviour (social interactions, expressing emotions), etc.
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Apply for your child and family to join our PUF program here.