Eves government announces an additional $46.6 million for Ontario Early Years Centres

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Eves government announces an additional $46.6 million for Ontario Early Years Centres

TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - Brenda Elliott, Minister of Community, Family and Children's Services, announced today that thousands more of Ontario's youngest kids and their families will benefit from a province-wide $46.6-million investment by the Ernie Eves government in Ontario Early Years Centres.
This spring, an additional 61 Ontario Early Years Centres will open in Ontario communities. Today Minister Elliott announced the lead agencies that will operate the Centres. Ontario Early Years Centres give families with young children the opportunity to explore a variety of early child development services and helpful information on parenting skills and children's literacy in every part of the province.
"We are taking concrete action to open more Ontario Early Years Centres across the province. The Eves government is ensuring that Ontario's youngest citizens have the best start in life," Elliott said. "Parents and caregivers of young children, who regularly visit the 42 Ontario Early Years Centres already open, are a testament to what we've created - a community focus point for early child development information, programs and services."
"More children will be better prepared for kindergarten, more will experience success as they progress through their school careers, and more will lead healthy productive lives," Angela Ottolino, executive director of College Montrose Children's Place said. "Most importantly, more parents will have the opportunity to access some of the tools they will need to assist in this preparation."
"Over the past year, the Ontario Early Years Centres in Markham and Thornhill have been filled with moms, dads, caregivers, grandparents and many, many others," Maria De Wit, chief executive officer of Family Day Care Services said. "They have discovered that we offer a warm and inviting place to interact with others caring for young children, to play with their own children, and to learn about early literacy, nutrition and other services we offer."
"It is clear from community interest and support that there is a very significant desire on the part of many individuals and agencies to make Ontario Early Years Centres work for their community," said Community Champion for the City of Toronto Dr. Susan Bradley of the Hospital for Sick Children."
Funding for Ontario Early Years Centres is part of the federal/provincial Early Childhood Development agreement, through which money is transferred to the provinces to enhance programs and services for young children and their families.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF ONTARIO'S EARLY YEARS PLAN

The Ernie Eves government is ensuring that the province's 850,000 children under the age of six have the best start in life and recognizes that parents play a lead role in their children's development. To help parents fulfil this crucial role, the government announced its Ontario's Early Years Plan in May 2001. The Plan builds on research and community strengths to create a province-wide initiative that is flexible and responds to the broad needs of all Ontario's children and families.

Universal and Targeted Programs

Ontario's Early Years Plan features a blend of universal programs available to all of the province's youngest children and targeted programs that encourage healthy development of children with specific difficulties such as autism or mental health issues.
A key goal of the Ontario Early Years Plan is to increase public awareness of the importance of a child's early years for healthy development. To further that goal, the government began creating Ontario Early Years Centres in communities across the province.
The Centres offer a gateway to supports for parents and caregivers that address common needs such as literacy and nutrition programs and resources for parents and caregivers such as child care registries. They also provide other services tailored to the unique needs of each community. The Centres are staffed with child development and early years professionals and volunteers to deliver programs and to support parents and caregivers in finding the information, programs or services they need.
There has been widespread community interest in the 42 Ontario Early Years Centres that have already opened their doors. This spring 61 more will begin opening. Working parents, stay-at-home mothers and fathers, grandparents, and caregivers are attending workshops. People who offer child care in their homes are taking first aid seminars. Also using the Centres are foster parents, teen mothers, pregnant women and first-time parents, parents home-schooling their children, and junior and senior kindergarten teachers, to name just a few.

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ONTARIO EARLY YEARS CENTRES COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS

The Ernie Eves government believes that each community is unique in its early years child development needs. That is why the planning for each Ontario Early Years Centre was community-driven and led by a Community Champion - someone with an existing record of leadership in early child development.
In 2002, 42 Ontario Early Years Centres opened across the province. Starting this spring, 61 more Centres will open across the province.
With help from the Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services, Community Champions ensured that community partners - organizations that provide services for families and young children, and others - were involved in developing plans that met both ministry expectations and the needs of the community. The plans ensured that Centres everywhere in the province offer the same basic programs and services.
For people in some communities who can't get to - or live too far from - the main Centre site, satellite and mobile locations are taking the Centre's services to them.
The Champions guided their communities in identifying gaps and tailoring services and programs to meet their specific needs. The fast-paced collaborative planning processes included:

- developing community plans;
- determining lead agencies to operate Ontario Early Years Centres;
- finding locations for main Centres in existing facilities;
- determining if satellite Centres or mobile services are required to
ensure families and caregivers have the opportunity to explore a
variety of early years programs and services throughout the
community; and
- identifying community needs, professional and volunteer staffing
requirements, and information and resources for parents.

Locations for Centres were determined during the local planning phase led by the Community Champions and vary because the needs and situations of communities vary. In some communities, it was determined that the best place to locate was within a school or in tandem with an existing child care facility. In others, Centres have been opened in storefront locations.

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ONTARIO EARLY YEARS CENTRES
LEAD AGENCIES

COMMUNITY LEAD AGENCY ADDRESS
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TORONTO

Beaches-East York East York and East 140 Dawes Road,
Toronto Family Top Floor
Resources Toronto, ON M4C 5C2
416 686-3390 ext. 301

Davenport Davenport Perth 1900 Davenport Road
Neighbourhood Centre Toronto, ON M6N 1B7
416 656-8025

Don Valley East Family Day Care 710 Progress Ave.,
Services Unit 1
Toronto, ON M1H 2X3
416 922-9556

Don Valley West Thorncliffe 18 Thorncliffe Park Dr.,
Neighbourhood Office Toronto, ON M4H 1N7
416 421-3054

Eglinton-Lawrence Macaulay Child 1674 Eglinton Ave. W. ,
Development Centre 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M6E 2H3
416 789-7441

Etobicoke Centre The George Hull Centre 620 The East Mall
for Children and 3rd Floor
Families Toronto, ON M9B 4B1
416 622-8833 ext. 229

Etobicoke- Lakeshore Area Multi- 185 Fifth Street
Lakeshore Services Project Inc., Toronto, ON M8V 2Z5
(LAMP) Community 416 252-6471
Health Centre

Etobicoke North Braeburn Neighbourhood 75 Tandridge Crescent
Place and Boys and Unit 108
Girls Club Toronto, ON M9W 2N9
416 745-3113

Parkdale-High Park The Creche Child and 197 Euclid Ave.
Family Centre Toronto, ON M6J 2J8
416 603-1827 ext. 306

Scarborough- West Scarborough 313 Pharmacy Ave.
Agincourt Neighbourhood Toronto, ON M1L 3E7
Community Centre 416 755-9215

Scarborough Centre Family Day Care 710 Progress Ave.,
Services Unit 1
Toronto, ON M1H 2X3
416 922-9556

Scarborough East East Scarborough Boys 100 Galloway Road
and Girls Club Toronto, ON M1E 1W7
416 281-0262

Scarborough-Rouge Malvern Family 1321 Neilson Road
River Resource Centre Toronto, ON M1B 3C2
416 281-1376

Scarborough West Scarborough 313 Pharmacy Ave.
Southwest Neighbourhood Toronto, ON M1L 3E7
Community Centre 416 755-9215

St. Paul's Canadian Mothercraft 32 Heath Street West
Toronto, ON M4V 1T3
416 920-4054

Toronto Centre- East York and East 140 Dawes Road,
Rosedale Toronto Family Top Floor
Resources Toronto, ON M4C 5C2
416 686-3390 ext. 301

Toronto Danforth The Massey Centre for 1102 Broadview Ave.
Women Toronto, ON M4K 2S5
416 425-6348

Trinity-Spadina College Montrose 301 Montrose Ave.,
Children's Place Rm. 111
Toronto, ON M6C 3G9
416 532-9485

Willowdale Adventure Place Child 35 Calico Drive
and Family Centre Toronto, ON M3L 1V5
416 744-7650

York Centre Hincks-Dellcrest 1645 Sheppard Ave. W.,
Centre Toronto, ON M3M 2X4
416 633-0515

York South Weston Macaulay Child 1674 Eglinton Ave. W.,
Development Centre 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M6E 2H3
416 789-7441

York West Jane Finch Community 4400 Jane Street
and Family Centre Unit 108
Toronto, ON M3N 2K4
416 663-2733

Central East

Durham The YMCA of Greater 42 Charles St. E.,
Toronto Toronto, ON M4Y 1T4
416 928-3362 x2349

Haliburton- Family Resources of 55 Mary Street West,
Victoria-Brock Victoria County Suite 106
Lindsay, ON K9V 1A3
705 324-7900

Northumberland The Family YMCA of 339 Elgin Street
Cobourg Cobourg, ON K9A 4X5
905 372-0161

Oshawa The YWCA of Durham 33 McGrigor Street
Oshawa, ON L1H 1X8
905 723-9962

Pickering-Ajax- The YMCA of Greater 42 Charles St. E.
Uxbridge Toronto Toronto, ON M4Y 1T4
416 928-3362 x2349

Whitby-Ajax The YMCA of Greater 42 Charles St. E.
Toronto Toronto, ON M4Y 1T4
416 928-3362 x2349

Central West

Bramalea-Gore- Malton Neighbourhood 7200 Goreway Drive
Malton-Springdale Services Mississauga, ON L4T 2T7
905 677-6270

Brampton Centre Brampton Neighbourhood 50 Kennedy Rd. S.
Resource Centre Brampton, ON L6W 3R7
905 452-1262

Brampton-West- Child Development No. 127-75 Watline Ave.
Mississauga Resource Connection Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E5
Peel 905-507-9360

Cambridge Cambridge Family 63 Grand Ave. North
Resource Centre Cambridge, ON N1S 2L1
519 740-8353

Dufferin-Peel- County of Dufferin - Dufferin Social
Wellington-Grey Community First Family Services
Resource Centres Administrative Offices
51 Zina Street
Orangeville, ON L9W 1E5
519 941-6991

Guelph-Wellington Guelph Community 1-176 Wyndham Street
Health Centre Guelph, ON N1H 8N9
519 821-5363 x310

Kitchener-Centre Our Place Family 800 King Street East
Resource Centre Kitchener, ON N2G 2M6
519 571-1626

Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA of Kitchener- 86 Ardelt Avenue
Waterloo Kitchener, ON N2C 2C9
519 584-7479 x189

Mississauga Centre Family Day Care 989 Derry Road
Services Suite 101
Mississauga, ON L5T 2J8
416 922-9556

Mississauga East Dixie-Bloor 3439 Fieldgate Drive
Neighbourhood Centre Mississauga, ON L4X 2J4
905 629-1873

Mississauga South Mississauga Parent- 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E.
Child Centres Suite 111
Mississauga, ON L5A 3Y1
905 566-0144

Mississauga West Mississauga Parent- 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E.
Child Centres Suite 111
Mississauga, ON L5A 3Y1
905 566-0144

Waterloo- Community Resource 360 Belsyde Ave. East
Wellington Centre Fergus, ON N1M 1Z5
519 843-7000

Eastern

Glengarry-Prescott- United Counties of 59 Court Street
Russell Prescott-Russell P.O. Box 304
L'Orignal, ON K0B 1B0
613 675-4661 x323

Renfrew-Nipissing- Family and Children's 77 Mary Street
Pembroke Services of Renfrew Suite 100
County Pembroke, ON K8A 5V4
613 735-6866

Stormont-Dundas- The Glengarry 3525 Highway 34 South
Charlottenburg Interagency Group Alexandria, ON K0C 1A0
613 525-4802

South East

Hastings-Frontenac- North Frontenac P.O. Box 250
Lennox and Community Services Sharbot Lake, ON K0H 2P0
Addington 613 279-3151

Kingston and the Limestone Advisory for 930 Woodbine Rd.
Islands Child Care Programs Kingston, ON K7P 2X4
613 384-5188

Hamilton Niagara

Ancaster-Dundas- Today's Family 44 Gleendale Drive
Flamborough- Hamilton, ON L9C 5Z4
Aldershot 905 574-9344

Haldimand-Norfolk- Haldimand-Norfolk 101 Nanticoke Creek
Brant Resource Education and Parkway
Counseling Help P.O. Box 5054
(REACH) Townsend, ON N0A 1S0
519 587-2441

Hamilton East Hamilton East Kiwanis 735 King Street East
Boys' and Girls' Club Hamilton, ON L8M 1A1
905 549-2313

Hamilton Mountain Today's Family 44 Gleendale Drive
Hamilton, ON L9C 5Z4
905 574-9344 x203

Hamilton West Wesley Urban 195 Ferguson Ave. North
Ministries Hamilton, ON L8L 8J1
905 528-5629

Northern

Algoma-Manitoulin Superior Children's 41 Algoma Street
Centre P.O. Box 1157
Wawa, ON P0S 1K0
705 856-2178 x22

Kenora-Rainy River Lake of the Woods 820 Lakeview Drive
Child Development Kenora, ON P9N 3P7
Centre 807 467-5431

Sault Ste. Marie Child Care Algoma 148 Dacey Road
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 5J7
705 945-8898

North East

Timiskaming- Centre Pour Enfant/ Postal Bag 2070
Cochrane Timiskaming 76 Rorke Avenue
Child Care Haileybury, ON P0J 1K0
705 672-2100

Timmins-James Bay Child and Family 600 Toke Street
Services of Timmins Timmins, ON P4N 6W1
and District 705 360-7100

South West

Chatham-Kent-Essex Chatham-Kent 435 Grand Avenue West
Integrated Children's P.O. Box 157
Services Chatham, ON N7M 5K3
519 351-2000

Lambton-Kent- North Lambton Child P.O Box 1380
Middlesex Care Forest, ON N0N 1J0
519 786-6161

Oxford The Corporation of 415 Hunter Street
the County of Oxford P.O. Box 397, Court House
Woodstock, ON N4S 7Y3
519 539-0015 x300

Sarnia-Lambton Lambton College 1457 London Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 6K4
519 542-7751 x348

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ONTARIO EARLY YEARS CENTRES WORK FOR ONTARIO FAMILIES

Parents and caregivers of young children, who regularly visit the 42 Ontario Early Years Centres already open, are a testament to what the Ernie Eves government has created - a community focus point for early child development information, programs and services.

"I am a stay at home dad...it got to the point when I realized I must
get (my daughter) out to experience other kids and learn to be
interactive. I began bringing her to these groups in January and
already I have seen her develop play and communications skills. This
has been very worthwhile for me especially since the opportunity for
dads is very limited."

John Murray, father

"After moving from a big city to a small town, I was grateful for the
opportunity that the Ontario Early Years Centre provided to meet other
parents and children. With its warm and friendly atmosphere, my
daughter has gone from being painfully shy to an out-going and
independent child. It's also a wonderful resource for toys and
parenting information."

Jen Pretty, mother

"The Ontario Early Years Centre provides me and other parents and
caregivers with the resources needed to produce healthy, happy
children. Raising children is a difficult job at the best of times. If
you have the opportunity to use the Ontario Early Years Centre, please
do! You won't be disappointed."

Tracy Foley Watson, mother

"Our Ontario Early Years Centre has provided my family with the
opportunity to learn and grow in a healthy and fun atmosphere. Our
Centre has provided everything from fun craft and game ideas, to
counseling and friendly support. My girls look forward to interacting
with other children and learning to share and play within a group.
There's always an abundance of positive parenting programs as well as
individual contacts. The Centre has become a part of our weekly
schedule and learning process."

Tracey Boyd, mother

"As a mother of two small children and a daycare provider, I have used
the Ontario Early Years Centre for many different reasons. I have
attended two great workshops and we participate in one play group,
which is wonderful. I have also used the resource centre library, which
is fabulous. The staff are great and very knowledgeable. Having the
Ontario Early Years Centre around sure makes my job as a mother
easier."

Courtney Santink, mother and caregiver of children

"My children are able to play and explore in an environment that is
safe and encourages their development."

Laura Purtell, Mother

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For more information visit http://www.cfcs.gov.on.ca or
http://www.ontarioearlyyears.ca
For further information: Christine Bujold, Minister Elliott's Office, (416) 325-5219; Media Line, Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services, (416) 325-5156