Kinder Kick-Off: Kindergarten Readiness Program

Kinder Kick-Off helps children with Down syndrome age 3-5 years and their parents/caregivers prepare for the transition into kindergarten. This program is a collaborative effort between the DSRF program team which includes teachers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavioral consultants, and mental wellness experts.

This program will help parents prepare their children to enter kindergarten by teaching:

  • Common goals and expectations for kindergarteners and how to prepare the child to participate in classroom activities
  • How to identify the child’s goals in different areas of development and start at the right level
  • Ideas for modifying/adapting classroom activities to support participation

Parents will feel prepared to successfully advocate for their child by

  • Starting to prepare for the IEP meeting
  • Developing understanding of the child’s specific support needs
  • Initiating an effective home-school communication plan

This program will focus on the following:

  • Personal: supporting expressive communication, toilet training in school, self-regulation, play skills, ability to navigate classroom environment, following instructions (visual/verbal)
  • Social: communication, behaviour skills, transitions
  • Intellectual: early literacy skills, pre-printing, concepts (colors/shapes/numbers)

The program will run for 6 weeks, twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday).

Payment Policy

Families should inquire if a program offers financial assistance or if they qualify for funding (e.g. Variety, CKNW, At Home Program) at the time of registration. Financial assistance allocation is at the sole discretion of the DSRF. Families not part of a funding program (such as the Autism Funding Unit or the At Home Program) are required to pay the full fee of the session. Sessions are billed once monthly. Depending on the funding model, you will receive an invoice for any monies owing and/ or organizations will be billed directly. You must pay in order to ensure continuity of services.

Cancellation Policy

Non-emergency cancellations require 24 hours’ notice. Non-emergencies include vacations, preplanned medical appointments, family events, school events, parties, sports events, lack of childcare, or anything that is not designated as “emergency.” The session must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the appointment. Sessions that are not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice will be billed at the full rate.

Client Agreement: Group Programs

Tuition Fees

Families have the option to pay the full fee at time of registration or pay the first month fee and provide post-dated cheques or credit card information for a monthly payment schedule, as outlined on the payment information form. Program withdrawals for group yearly programs must be made by September 30th and are subject to one month’s fee and a $150 administration fee. After September 30th, program fees are non-refundable

Student Progress

Informal assessments are used to evaluate students’ progress.  This information, along with regular communication with parents, is used to set individual and group program goals.

For more information on policies of specific programs or for any questions please contact Eleanor Stewart at 604-444-3773 x111 or