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Early Identification of Children’s Learning Needs, JK to Grade 1
Early identification is a process through which educators, parents and community partners identify the needs and abilities of early learners. The purpose is to help students succeed in school by providing early assessment, monitoring, instruction, intervention and community support as needed. The strategy consolidates practices used in TCDSB schools and builds on key content from Learning for All, K to 12 (2009) and the Full‐Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program Draft version (2010).   In the Province of Ontario, documented early identification procedures are a requirement of each school board, as described in Policy/Program Memorandum 11.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board welcomes children with diverse learning needs. Our staff is dedicated to nurturing each child’s spiritual, academic, physical, social and emotional growth in a caring, Catholic environment.
The TCDSB Early Identification Strategy is one that includes all students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 1, including those who are experiencing school success, those at risk for social or academic difficulties, and those who have special needs that are formally identified or diagnosed.
Components of Strategy
Available early identification tools, resources and supports for educators and parents are listed within each component.
  • School Registration and Community Information: Making the student’s transition to school a positive experience is the key. Parents are asked to bring to school relevant documentation and reports. School may provide community information to parents so they are aware of services available to support their child. 
  • Assessment and Monitoring: An important component of the strategy is assessment for learning through various developmental inventories and screenings.
  • Instruction and Intervention: Various TCDSB services and programs may be offered to support the student. 
The chart below identifies some Community Resources that may be available to TCDSB students.