Education & Community Partnership Program (ECPP/Section 23)
The ECPP Office is located in the System Programs Office at the Hill Park Learning Centre, 465 East 16th Street (formerly Hill Park Secondary School).
ECPP is designed for students who are unable to attend school because they are in care, treatment or correction/custody facilities.
Education and Community Partnership Programs are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education to allow School Boards to deliver educational services to young people who are unable to attend their community school because they are either in:
- Care Facilities (e.g. hospitals)
- Treatment Facilities (e.g. children’s mental health centres)
- Correction/Custody Facilities (e.g. detention centres, open custody facilities).
These programs require formal agreements between the School Board and the partnering Community Agencies and must be approved annually by the Ministry of Education.
Academic programs follow Ministry of Education guidelines but are delivered in a flexible and often individualized manner. Whenever possible, they are co-ordinated and integrated with the facility’s management and treatment programs. They are designed to maximize the educational outcomes for all students.
Instruction is offered from primary grades to high school completion. Working with facility staff, community professionals, the student’s home school, and the parents or guardians, the program’s goal is to help all students develop both the personal and academic skills needed to successfully return to their school, or go on to post-secondary education, job training, or employment.
Positive outcomes would not be achievable without:
- Community Partners
Students attending Education and Community Partnership Programs must first be admitted to government approved care, treatment, or correctional/custody facilities. While affiliated with these facilities they are able to continue their studies through participation in the on-site Care, Education and Community Partnership programs.
Teachers in Education and Community Partnership Programs are qualified at either the elementary level, secondary level, or both. Many have additional qualifications in special education and often bring considerable specialist training and skills to their work. Their professional development within care, treatment, custody and corrections, combined with a wide variety of life experiences, allows them to be extremely effective with special needs students.
The following is a list of the partner agencies of the Education and Community Partnership Program:
- Banyan Community Services
- Dawn Patrol Child and Youth Services
- Hamilton Health Sciences
- Hatts Off Inc.
- Lynwood Charlton Centre
- The Governing Council of the Salvation Army in Canada
- The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area
- White Rabbit Treatment Homes
- Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services