Kay Amber Spreen
Teacher/ PUF Coordinator
This is the first year we are housing a kindergarten program at the Edson Friendship Centre for the 2021-2022 school year. Kay-Amber Spreen is the teacher, as well as our PUF program coordinator. In line with the values of the EFC, the kindergarten program will be a child-centred, developmentally appropriate program of learning for kindergarten aged children. The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe and caring play-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all children. There will be a focus on servicing the needs of PUF funded children, who may benefit from a smaller class size and regular, integrated specialized supports and services. The goal of the program is to help children make a smoother transition to Grade 1 and to aid in improving their success in school moving forward. The class has 9 children enrolled for the 2021-22 school year, with a max cap of 12 students for the future.
What is PUF?
PUF stands for Program Unit Funding and it is funding from Alberta Education that seeks to provide for the needs of children with disabilities requiring additional support above that offered in a regular preschool or kindergarten program. In accordance with Alberta Education standards, the Edson Friendship Centre programs provide assurance to Alberta Education of the quality of the program and financial accountability.
To qualify for PUF Funding:
• Assessment/diagnosis from appropriate professional(s) is required prior to submitting an
application. This is imperative for an initial application and it is very helpful if these
assessments can be completed before September.
• The child must be at least 2 years 6 months and less than 6 years of age on September 1 of
years when PUF is accessed. PUF is available for a maximum of three years. Care should
be taken in deciding when to start PUF.
• The child must be registered in and attend a preschool or kindergarten program.
PUF funds provide for (but are not limited to):
• Therapies including Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Psychology as
• A classroom assistant.
• An Individual Program Plan (IPP) with developmentally appropriate goals developed in
consultation with teachers, therapists, parents and teaching assistants. The parents must be
actively involved in this process.
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