About the Program
The Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE) has been working to increase awareness and use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ: 3) and Social-Emotional (ASQ: SE2) screening tools across Alberta. ARCQE’s engagement with the sector relative to development screening now spans support to the following three areas
1. GRASP: Family Child Care agencies (FCC) & Child Care (CC)
2. Family Resource Networks (FRN)
3. Home Visitation programs (HV).
Currently, ARCQE is the only authorized organization to provide ASQ training in Alberta and we work in partnership with Brookes Publishing and Alberta Children’s Services.
Creating awareness of the ASQ screening tools in licensed and contracted agencies serving children ensures that these tools are utilized and supported to guide meaningful dialogue about child development with families.
Improved understanding not only increases the use of these tools, it empowers practitioners with further knowledge and understanding of children’s individual needs, supporting strategies and further enhances meaningful opportunities to debrief developmental findings with families.
With province-wide support on developmental screening, educators and practitioners are now engaged in critical reflection to support building relationships and strengthening communications to inform responsive follow up that may be beneficial to optimizing developmental outcomes.
"When educators engage in a practice of relationships, they create places of vitality in early childhood communities."
The overarching aim of the GRASP project is to:
- Guide enhancement of environments as a means of optimizing children’s developmental potential.
- Support day home provider strategies focused on best practice relative to developmental outcomes.
- Provide access to formal coaching and on-site support and resources specific to use of ASQ tools.
FRN’S & HV’S
Currently ARCQE works in partnership with Children’s Services to assist FRN’s and HV’s with developmental screening as follows:
- Coordinate training & refresher sessions on developmental screening tools
- Provide support & consultation and/or training to orient programs to use of ASQ on-line database
- Facilitate communities of practice and information sharing relative to developmental screening, supporting referrals and access to resource materials for both trainers & families.
GRASP Service Request
The GRASP project is accepting applications for new programs. Priority will be given to programs based off the following criteria:
- Previously or currently supporting Inclusive Child Care (ICC)
- Having received a certificate of completion for an ARCQE ASQ Orientation Sessions and ASQ Kits
- Have a formalized connection with another agency that is a current participant in the GRASP project.
Our project model is broken into three phases: Orientation and Project Initiation, Plan for Implementation, and Family Engagement. Coaching support will be tailored to meet the following levels: First Year Program, Second Year Program, and Early Leader Program.
GRASP support includes the following:
- Direct Coach support virtually and in-person.
- Developing an ASQ Team and having educators engaged in the process of screening.
- Utilizing the ASQ Database within three months of project initiation.
- Ongoing use of the Brookes ASQ database, including a maximum of 3 screenings per year under the age of two and 2 screenings a year over the age of two. An additional two per year may be completed for children in monitoring and/or referral areas with a focus on universal screening.
- Attendance at training sessions and networking/learning showcase opportunities.
- Invitations to formal Training & Refresher Training sessions to guide new and returning programs.
- Access to resources to support implementation and responsive strategies for families as a follow up to formal ASQ screening outcomes .
- Working with your coach to develop resources for families within the program.
- The availability of ASQ kits in other languages as necessary to minimize barriers to family participation.
To apply for GRASP service support, please fill out the application form below.
Application Form for First Year GRASP Program
- Parents as Partners: Enhancing Self-Esteem
- Your Child’s Relationships
- Supporting Your Child’s Physical Activity
- Stress in Children
- Developmentally Appropriate Practices
- Connecting with Your Paediatricians
- Parents as Partners in Reading
- Building Partnerships with Families
- Supporting Children to Learn Through Play
- Understanding Learning Styles
- Early Identification for Children with Special Needs
- Communicating with Children Who Have Special Needs
- Encouraging Language Acquisition in Young Children
“I truly believe there is value in this program and the benefit for day homes is substantial.”