If you’re a parent whose child is experiencing difficulties in a daycare setting, it turns out there are many resources available to you. One of those resources is Resi Kids Inc. – Enfants Rési (Resilient Kids). Not only do they offer resources to parents whose children are experiencing difficulties, but they do so at no cost to parents, as long as your child is in a subsidized daycare.

Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Why haven’t I heard of this before?” I know I did. The reason is, there are similar services available to you in a daycare setting but not all of them are free like Resi Kids Inc. I recently sat down with Jessica Boivin, Special Care Counsellor at Resi Kids and Elizabeth Triassi, Psychopedagogical consultant and Director of Family and School Services at Agoo Children’s Health and Wellness Centre, to discuss the program.

Boivin and Triassi mentioned that one of the reasons we don’t know about their program is because, many daycare owners are unaware of the subsidy the government provides for children with significant and persistent difficulties. Others will often avoid pursuing the available resources for these children because they often are unsure of how or where to begin. The goal of Resi Kids Inc., is to simplify that process, by making the resources readily available to the parents and daycares, by virtue of being the bridge between the professionals (speech pathologists, psycho-educators, and specialized educators) and the families that need support for their children experiencing difficulties.

The public sector is overwhelmed with the volume of children in need of support. These children are then forced into the private sector, where parents often can’t afford to follow through with the evaluation needed for their child. Their company invests in the children by covering the cost of those evaluations. From there, this is where Agoo Clinic comes in. It provides Resi Kids Inc. with the professionals needed to evaluate the child, as well as continued support for the intervention plans given to that child.

Both groups share the goal of wanting the best for all children and strive to develop their confidence before they enter the school system. Triassi says early intervention is the key to sending children on the right path to success. Having these resources at an early stage for parents means an easier transition to grade school for everyone.

So there you have it! As a parent of a child with ADHD, I wish I had had these resources available to me while he was in daycare. It took many evaluations and quite a few dollars to get the help we needed. I know so many parents in the same boat who can definitely benefit from this. So if you feel your child is not developing at the same rate as others, if they’re experiencing social isolation, or have speech difficulties, Resi Kids is the beginning for you. All you have to do is contact Agoo Clinic to get the ball rolling. Good luck!