Who We Are
Children’s Integration Support Services (CISS) is a bilingual program which provides support services to licensed nursery schools, day care centres, school age and home child care programs that integrate children who have special needs between the ages of six weeks and ten years of age in the City of Ottawa.
As defined in the Ontario Day Nurseries Act, a child with special needs
is a child with a physical, mental or developmental impairment
that is likely to continue for a prolonged period of time as verified by
objective psychological or medical findings.
What We Do
CISS provides a range of support services to assist in the integration of children with special needs including but not limited to the following:
- Integration Advisors facilitate the development
of functional Team Service Plans using a case conference approach
and offer ongoing consultative and training support to child
- Enhanced Staff Support funding is provided to child
care programs for the hiring of program assistants. This support is
based on the specific needs of the child and the child care program.
- CISS offers training opportunities for parents and individuals
involved with children who have special needs and the community.
- Access Integration, an informative newsletter published
three times a year.
- CISS lends a variety of resources including: equipment,
materials, books, videos, disability awareness kits, and toys to child
care programs and parents.
- Behaviour Management Consultant support in
collaboration with the Integration Advisor is provided to staff in child
care programs to assist in the development of skills to meet the challenging
behavioural needs of children.
The Children’s Integration Support Services team includes Integration Advisors, Behaviour Management Consultants and administrative staff. The CISS team supports programs, families and children by coordinating resources through effective partnerships to ensure a positive, inclusive child care experience.
How to Contact Us
700 Industrial Avenue, Suite 600
Fax number: 613-736-8378
613-736-1913 ext. 229
Referral Info/Resource Library:
613-736-1913 ext. 231
613-736-1913 ext. 224
613-736-1913 ext. 244