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 strives to ensure that our urban children in care are connected to their First Nation communities and culture. PAGC recognizes that Indigenous children are over represented within the Child and Welfare system.
PAGC created a program to recruit Indigenous families/individuals in Prince Albert that are willing to open their home to become caregivers. specifically, for the children who are connected to the PAGC 12 First Nations. We are dedicated to the principle:
“First Nations caring for First Nations Children”
The Childcare and Education Centre is looking for Indigenous caregivers in the Prince Albert area, to open their home for children in the care of Social Services.
As a caregiver, you can decide whether you want to care for children on an emergency, or long-term basis. You also get to decide which age and gender you are able to care for. You can provide a place of safety (emergency home), be an alternative caregiver, or a foster parent (requires training).
What is needed to be a caregiver?
- A home that is equal to any other home in the community.
- Community Reference Check. (By Community Safety Group)
- Understanding of Traditional Parenting and discipline practices.
- Recommendation by Community Safety Group
- Monthly Maintenance
- Daycare of after school programs paid for.
- In home support for cleaning or supervision. (if approved and depending on home situation)
- A Child and Caregiver Support Worker(CSW) to support the caregiver and child.
- The Family Outreach and Support Worker PAGC to support the caregiver and child.
- Counselling or meeting with Elders funded for caregivers.
- Sports activities funded for the child.
- Annual trip funded for the child.
- $250 for an initial placement for PAGC
Children are the future and connecting them to their Indigenous Culture is the best gift we can offer.
Help your community by opening your home for children!
Contact for more information :
Family Outreach and Support Worker
Prince Albert Grand Council -CCEC