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Child development keynote draws crowd of over 250 - County hosts Dr. Clinton as part of focus on early years programming

Posted on Tuesday March 28, 2017

Cobourg, ON – March 28, 2017 – Internationally-renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Jean Clinton inspired a crowd of over 250 parents, caregivers and professionals at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre yesterday with her seminar on how ‘Love Builds Brains’. With Dr. Clinton’s presentation focused on research, strategies and tips to best support child development, the County invited her to speak as part of a community-wide effort currently underway to further enhance early learning programming across Northumberland.

“It was an absolute pleasure to have Dr. Clinton with us to share her expertise on the developing brain and the crucial role that relationships with others play in healthy development,” indicated Warden Mark Walas. “Her presentation was very timely, as the County pursues work with our partner agencies to take the excellent early years programming available in our community and further enhance it in line with the principals of Ontario’s “How Does Learning Happen” pedagogy.”

Dr. Clinton reflected on relationships as ‘nutrition to brain development’, sharing insight into the critical importance of parents as partners in the early learning journey. This dovetails directly with work underway in Northumberland to promote dialogue between parents and educators around the experiences children need, daily, in order to grow and flourish, with efforts centered around creating seamless integration between childcare, kindergarten, and the early years centres programming.

“Based on provincial direction, agencies throughout Northumberland are working together to create a more holistic focus on early years development across all government-funded programs and services from birth through grade one,” stated Director of Community & Social Services Lisa Horne. “These efforts to strengthen early years programming are consistent with the County’s ongoing pursuit of opportunities to advance our vision of bringing together People, Partnerships and Possibilities, and to fulfill our strategic plan pillar of building thriving and inclusive communities.”

As part of this collaboration, the County and community partners have been surveying families and caregivers with children up to the age of 14 to gather information about local needs around ‘early years’ services and supports. Due to the significant response, the deadline for accessing the online survey has been extended to Monday, April 3rd, 2017. The County invites all interested parties to complete this survey by the new deadline, by visiting www.NorthumberlandCounty.ca/EarlyYearsSurvey.

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