EDMONTON- A new early learning facility for developmentally disabled children opened in northwest Edmonton on Friday.
The Getting Ready for Inclusion Today program is the only one of its kind in Edmonton, educating children ages two-and-a-half to five-and-a-half with developmental disabilities.
While the program focuses on helping toddlers, it also works with families to provide resources and tools to support their child.
The new building offers more room for programming and equipment. It also features a playroom, parent rooms, a training centre, and new toy, equipment and technology libraries.
“We’re so grateful for the support of our community and our individual donors, our corporate donors, to make this new home … beautiful,” said Barb Reid, executive director of the GRIT program.
The new facility was a community project, funded partly through donations and a government grant.
“Our new neighbours in our community have come together to match our Facility Enhancement Grant from the Government of Alberta,” said Reid, “and really reduces costs, and do some in-kind donations, so that the financial cost to us is really minimized and it’s just been a gift.”
The GRIT program has been operating in Edmonton for more than 30 years and serves hundreds of children and families.
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