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With Early Years Centres set to change, County will survey local parents to understand programming needs

Posted on Thursday March 09, 2017

Cobourg, ON – March 8, 2017 – Over the coming weeks, Northumberland County and community partners will be surveying families and caregivers with children up to the age of 14 to gather information about local needs around ‘early years’ services and supports.

This effort will advance an initiative by the Ontario Ministry of Education to change how early years programming is offered across the province, with Ontario Early Years Centres set to become Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centres by 2018.

“The vision is that these Centres will give families and children access to standard, high-quality early years programs, as well as programs specific to meet the needs of each community,” indicated Lisa Horne, County Director of Community & Social Services. “Here in Northumberland, we hope to learn more about what programs and services families and caregivers are currently using, what programs and services they need, and what would encourage people to access these programs as we transition to these new Centres.”

From March 13 to 28th, volunteers will be at local agencies and out in the community distributing surveys and gathering information. A gift card will be provided to those who complete a survey.

For a listing of locations where surveys will be available, or to complete an online survey, visit: www.NorthumberlandCounty.ca/EarlyYearsSurvey.

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