Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) Program


A provincial logo for ASCD was developed by the artist John Powell from Alert Bay. John created a beautiful logo representing the generations travelling together, carried by a juvenile eagle feather, crossing four bands of colour representing the four directions.


About the ASCD Program

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincial program that is designed to specifically meet the needs of children who require extra support. ASCD recognizes that inclusion and providing intervention and support during the early stages of development is important and allows children to grow and learn in safe and nurturing environments.

The South Vancouver Island ASCD Program was created with Aboriginal cultural values, beliefs, and traditions in mind. ASCD provides culturally safe services for children to support their participation in child care settings such as preschool, daycare, before and after school care, and community programs.

The ASCD Program provides services for children who need support in the following areas: physical, communication, cognitive, social/emotional and behavioural development.

What will the ASCD Program provide?

Recognizing the importance of relationship your ASCD Consultant will work together with you to best meet your child’s needs through:

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  • Visiting at home and in your child’s child care setting
  • Planning activities to support your child’s growth and development
  • Completing developmental screenings and assessments at your request
  • Supporting you to access community resources and health services
  • Providing funding for extra staffing support in child care settings if required
  • Offering education and support for families and child care providers

ASCD is open to children from birth to 12 years of age, who have Aboriginal Ancestry, living on Traditional Land or in urban settings on South Vancouver Island.

How do I access ASCD services?

Parents, grandparents and foster parents may self-refer, or with the family’s consent, a referral may come from other community service providers.

Contact Us

  • Tel: 250.384.3211
  • Fax: 250.384.1586

The Aboriginal Supported Child Development is a provincial program, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and administered by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Click here to download the PDF of the ASCD brochure.