McGuinty government investing in children and youth in London

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McGuinty government investing in children and youth in London

Children's Treatment Centre, Children's Mental Health And Child Care: Priorities For A Prosperous Ontario LONDON, ON, Sept. 17 - The Ontario government is giving a big boost to the kids of London by investing 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." Bountrogianni joined London MPPs Chris Bentley, Deb Matthews and Khalil Ramal in announcing $3 million in capital funding to expand the Thames Valley Children's Centre. The centre provides treatment and service to children with physical and developmental disabilities and will now be able to add another floor to its building, bringing together all of the staff and programs under one roof. This investment will also make the building more accessible and more energy efficient. Other highlights of today's announcement include: $2.04 million for child care $399,359 for children's mental health programs $319,958 for youth justice services $25,521 for community service agencies serving children and youth. "We're pleased to see the government recognizes the need to support children and youth with special needs and their families in this community," said James Bennett, the Thames Valley Children's Centre board chair. "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. "Children with disabilities, mental health issues and child care are all serious concerns for parents in this community," said MPP Ramal. "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: Kathryn Semogas, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7436; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156