With combined efforts of the Ministry Children and Family Development, the mainstream Provincial Advisor for Supported Child Development, and the Aboriginal Infant Development Provincial Advisor the development of Aboriginal Supported Child Development Programs began in 2005.

In 2004/2005 the Supported Child Care program became Supported Child Development. One of the key features of this change was, and continues to be, strengthening capacity to deliver SCD services in Aboriginal communities in order to meet the needs of their children and families.


Aboriginal Supported Child Development in British Columbia  Timeline of Events

  • 2002 - Influenced by the Tsawwassen Accord from June 2002, key changes to the Supported Child Development provincial policy recognized the need to build capacity in Aboriginal communities to deliver Aboriginal specific Supported Child Development services.

  • 2005 - The growth of Aboriginal Supported Child Development Programs begins with the help of the Ministry Children and Family Development, the Provincial Advisor for Supported Child Development, and the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development.

  • 2006 - The Provincial Office of Supported Child Development releases the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Handbook and the Community Assessment Tool Kit as two resources to support capacity building of ASCD in BC.

  • 2010 - The Aboriginal Infant Development Provincial Office expanded to include a Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Supported Child Development. Five ASCD Regional Advisor p/t positions evolved within the five MCFD regions over the next couple of years.

  • 2013 - The first Province wide ASCD data collection is initiated in December 2013 with a second data collection taking place the following year.

  • 2013 SCD finalizes their Provincial Policy and identifies that ASCD would also need to develop provincial policy to guide their programs.

  • 2015 - 2 million dollars of enhancements funding is provided by Ministry for Children and Family Development for AIDP/ASCD programs in the Coast Fraser North, Interior and North regions. 25 programs for AIDP/ASCD received the targeted funding to “enhance” their capacity.

  • 2015 - In October the AIDP and ASCD Provincial Office receives funding to create AIDP and ASCD Provincial Policy with a target date of completion being November 30th 2016.

  • 2017The new ASCD Practice Guidelines Manual was approved by MCFD and released in May 2017 to support quality practice and culturally safe services for Aboriginal children and families.

  • 2017/18 - ASCD Provincial Advisor shared 2nd year of joint data collection on SCD/ASCD programs in BC, with a focus on SCD/ASCD waitlists and embark on a 3rd year of joint data collection with SCD

  • 2018 In March, the federal government committed 30 million, (10 million per year for three years) to SCD and ASCD programs in BC, to address program waitlists, in order to increase accessibility and access for 1400 children with extra support needs.

Currently there are 50 ASCD Programs across BC. 40 of these programs are within Aboriginal agencies -both on and off reserve, with the remaining 10 ASCD programs currently with non-Aboriginal contractors in BC.