The Child Care and Education Center provides long term therapeutic care for children/youth ages six to fourteen, emergency care for children six to twelve years of age, counselling and specialized education programming. Referrals for long term placement come from the Child and Family Service Agencies and the Ministry of Social Services. Emergency placements are referred by the Ministry of Social Services. The Child Care and Education Center is under the governance of the Prince Albert Grand Council.
The Child Care Program assumes responsibility for the care and supervision of the children and youth placed at CCEC. Childcare staff perform daily childcare functions that include basic parenting duties along with establishing structure and routines in a safe and nurturing environment. There are currently three cottages in operation with a staff of twenty-seven Child Care Workers, three Cottage Case Managers, four Shift Supervisors, and three Housemothers.
The Counsellor provides service to all children and youth in care at CCEC. Services include individual counselling, group counselling and support to both
education and cottage environments.
The CCEC has capacity for thirty placements. Cottages 6, 7, and 8 are used for Child Care purposes. Angus Mirasty School is used for educational programming. The CCEC Administrative staff offices are located in Cottage 5.
Admission referrals for long term care (6 months to 1 year) are made by ICFS Agencies or Ministry of Social Services for children/youth who are in care and are identified as requiring the long-term programming offered at CCEC. Considerations for acceptance include the reason for referral and appropriateness for the CCEC program and the age group for which CCEC has current openings.
In February 2016 the Prince Albert Grand Council contracted with the Ministry of Social Services for ten Emergency Placements for children/ youth ages six to twelve years. In February 2017, an additional five spaces were secured by MSS bringing the total to fifteen. Consideration for acceptance remains the same as for the long term placements. The duration of placement varies, with a maximum of three months. Program services are the same as those offered to long term placements.
The Child Care and Education Center continues to provide training to all staff on a regular basis. Core training includes Crisis Prevention Intervention, CPR/First Aid, and Suicide Intervention. Additional specialized training, relative to various aspects of treatment is provided as well.
Recently, the Child Care Workers completed the Core Training for Group Homes that was offered by the First Nations Child and Family Institute.
Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) has recognized that First Nations and Métis children are disproportionally represented in the foster care system.
PAGC Child Care and Education Centre has initiated a new pilot project in partnership with the Ministry of Social Services to enroll more Indigenous foster parents.
Children in care need more than a safe home to live in while their parents work to resolve their issues, they need good role models.
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