Child Care and Education Centre

Home/Child Care and Education Centre

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.

Angus Mirasty School offers special education programming to the long term placements at CCEC. Individualized Education Plans are developed for each student in order to accommodate individual learning needs after a range of educational and behavioral assessments are completed. Social skills and life skills development are important aspects of the educational program along with academic achievement. The school staff consists of two teachers and one teacher associate

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 CCEC recognizes the importance of family involvement in programming for the children and youth. Regular family involvement through visitation is an important factor in determining success of treatment at CCEC after discharge from the program. Family visitations are arranged by the ICFS or MSS and can include home or hotel visits.
The CCEC reports on the children’s/youth’s progress four times per year. Reports are prepared by the Cottage Case Managers, Teachers and Counsellor. Families are invited to attend along with ICFS and MSS Social Workers.

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.

The Child Care and Education Center continues to provide for practicum placements in various aspects of the program. Students from the Bachelor of Indian Social Work Program from the First Nations University of Canada have completed training at CCEC/Angus Mirasty School.
CCEC provides programming for many special needs children with conditions such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, chronic health conditions, developmental delays, and psychological and psychiatric disorders. Some of these children will require specialized care and intervention for the rest of their lives. Establishment of a long-term care component to the CCEC program continues to be a need.
Notice has been served by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada that funding provided to ICFS Agencies to support Angus Mirasty School service will cease in June 2017. The PAGC Chiefs and Executive have been briefed and support pursuing funding options for the next academic year.
The children from CCEC participated in the Fine Arts Festival held in Prince Albert in April. Angus Mirasty School students won twenty-nine gold, twelve silver, and three bronze awards, highlighting the many special talents in the arts, making the CCEC, ICFS Agencies and families very proud.