McGuinty government investing in children and youth in Guelph

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McGuinty government investing in children and youth in Guelph

Children's Mental Health and Child Care: Priorities for a Prosperous Ontario GUELPH, ON, Aug. 4 - The Ontario government is giving a big boost to the kids of Guelph with new investments in services that provide treatment, care and education for the children and youth in this community, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni announced today. "Our government believes that a child's healthy development is key to his or her future success," said Bountrogianni. "The investments we're making today will produce results we all want: healthier children who succeed in school and grow up to be productive adults." Highlights of today's announcement include: - $870,100 for child care; - $80,210 for children's mental health programs; - $20,213 for youth justice services; and - $21,599 for community service agencies serving children and youth. "We're pleased to see the government recognizes the need to support children, youth and families in this community," said Judy Callahan, Director of Child Care Services at the University of Guelph. "It has been a number of years since we have seen increases to support services in this area. This will help us continue providing high quality care and education for children and families." These investments are part of the government's commitment to improve the health of Ontarians and help children succeed in school. Provincially, the government is investing $58 million in child care, $25 million in children's mental health and millions more in other programs for children, including providing free immunizations and expanded school nutrition programs. "Child care, mental health issues and children with disabilities are all serious concerns for parents in this community," said Guelph - Wellington MPP Liz Sandals. "I'm proud to see our government is investing in the programs and services that are helping families right here every day. By investing in children, we're investing in Ontario." Disponible en fran├žais www.children.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156