Gifted Education

Having a child who has been identified as “gifted” (also referred to as enhanced, or talented) typically means they have a higher level of capabilities when compared to other students of the same age, who are in the same educational environment. These students have high levels of accomplishments in areas such as intellect/academics, creativity/art/music, or they show remarkable leadership qualities. Gifted programs are in place in schools to offer these students enrichment and additional learning opportunities above and beyond the regular curriculum, so as to maintain their interest, continue to challenge them, and to fully develop their capabilities. In Canada, education is managed at the provincial level, and therefore the various provinces have slightly differing gifted programs, with each having their own assessment criteria. If you would like to have your child assessed, or have questions about the gifted program options in your school, or you would like to find information on private schools in your area that offer enrichment programs, we have the resources you are looking for.

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Association for Bright Children of Ontario - Halton Chapter - Online Service

Provides support and advocacy for children and their parents through resources, guest speakers, presentations and online networking.
* advocates for the special education needs of gifted students by representation on the Special Education Advisory Committees of the Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board

Good Shepherd Centres - Christmas Hamper Program - Good Shepherd Venture Centre (The)

Offers food hampers with groceries suitable to prepare a Christmas dinner and Christmas gifts for families with children and youth. Gift stockings are available for individuals. Registration is required.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Education Centre

An English language public school board and offers educational programs for adults and children in Hamilton.

Wesley - Wesley No Charge Christmas Program - 1974 King St

Christmas program provides food and new gifts for children, youth and adults requiring assistance. Apply in person to register. You may only register at one Christmas assistance program in the City.
Families shop for food, toys and gifts in a store-like setting. Families and singles are eligible.

Mission Services of Hamilton - Christmas Care Program

Provides assistance to individuals and families with a generous size Food Hamper, with seasonal foods that make up a traditional Christmas meal. Toys are distributed depending on availability. Choice of food and new gifts for all family members.

Council for Exceptional Children - Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant Chapter 834

A nonprofit agency with locations worldwide * organization ensures that exceptional students and students with problems have their needs met

Services include:
* providing special education to pre-school, gifted, multi-handicapped, learning-disabled, post-transition, and ADD students
* working towards the professional upgrading of teachers
* public relations make the public aware of their existence and programs
* activities for special students
* publishing and designing programs for the special students

The local chapter offers a variety of in-services throughout the school year and celebrates exceptional students at an Annual Awards Night

Salvation Army (The) - Christmas Help Program - 80 Bay St

Provides food for families and individual adults and holiday gifts for children age 16 and under, when available. Children must reside permanently with applicant in order to register. Hamper pick-up dates will be assigned at the time of registering.

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre - Christmas Assistance Program - 28 Athens St

Offers food and grocery gift cards to help during the holiday season. Toy store provides gifts for children age 12 and under.

Halton Catholic District School Board - Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program - Burlington - Drury Lane - Catholic Education Centre

School-to-work transition program offered through Ontario secondary schools.

* students earn cooperative education credits in grades 11 and 12 through work placements in skilled trades

Flamborough Food Bank - Christmas Hamper Program

Provides food and gifts for registered families with children and needy seniors.

Salvation Army (The) - Christmas Bureau - Dundas - 150 King St

Provides food for families and individual adults and holiday gifts for children age 16 and under, when available. Children must reside permanently with applicant in order to register. Hamper pick-up dates will be assigned at the time of registering.

Ancaster Community Services - Holiday Assistance Program

Provides food and gifts for children, teens, adults and seniors during the holidays.