McGuinty government investing in children and youth in Hamilton

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McGuinty government investing in children and youth in Hamilton

Children's Mental Health And Child Care: Priorities For A Prosperous Ontario HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 15 - The Ontario government is giving a big boost to the kids of Hamilton with new supports for 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: - $2.32 million for child care - $339,174 for children's mental health programs - $83,919 for youth justice services - $25,955 for community service agencies serving children and youth. "We're pleased to see the government recognizes the need to support children and youth in this community and their families," said Deborah Myers, executive director of Hamilton Wentworth Catholic Child Care Centres. "This is good news for our children and families and good news for this region." 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 Bountrogianni. "I'm proud of this government for 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