Preschool

 

Children Communicating,

Connecting, and in Community

 

 

 

Children Communicating, Connecting, and in Community is a preschool pilot program provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement which is helping to provide a quality early learning program designed to support the development of communication skills for children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

This pilot program provides access to early educational intervention for children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to reduce communication barriers when communicating with their families, other children and in the community. The ability to communicate well is necessary for success in school and overall well-being in childhood and in the future.

 

Overview:

  • Located in Saskatoon
  • Half day program, four days per week
  • Up to 16 spots available
  • Open to children 3 or 4 years old (4 year olds will be given priority)
  • Children who are Deaf of Hard of Hearing will be given priority
  • Children who have a connection to the Deaf or Hard of Hearing communities (ex. D/HH family member) may also apply

 

 


See more about the CCCC Preschool in this video:

 


Meet the SDHHS CCCC Preschool Staff

 

Bree Sproule ~ Lead Educator                   Alyson Hein ~ Educational Assistant

Bree is Deaf since birth, fluent ASL user and is from Kelowna, British Columbia. She just graduated from Gallaudet University with Bachelor and Masters in Social Work. This is Bree’s first year as a Preschool Teacher and she is new to Saskatoon! She is looking forward to exploring her new city and getting to know everyone!

Alyson is from Prince Albert where she worked with Deaf students as a Teacher Assistant in an elementary school for 5 years. She has worked in Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4. Alyson learned sign language as a young child to communicate with her Deaf grandparents, Roger Schmid and Mary Schmid. She is so excited to be part of this new program and looks forward to being a part of other new projects in the community!

 


Parent Quotes

“Access to rich natural language gives deaf and hard of hearing children like my son the ability to learn and become accomplished members of society.”

-Parent of Deaf child

“We have seen his confidence improve.”

-Parent of Deaf child

“A huge difference between a signing preschool and a normal preschool is there’s no pressure for kids to speak or communicate in just one way.”

-Deaf parent of a hearing child

 

“He’s really improved at home. We’ve noticed a difference at home since he’s seen at this program.”

-Parent of Deaf child

“She’s been improving at home with sign.”

-Deaf parent of a hearing child


Further Information:

Application:

Completed applications and inquiries can be directed to:

Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services #3-511 1st Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 1X6 Phone: 306-665-6575 Email: saskatoon@sdhhs.com

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