LINDSAY, ON – The Ontario Early Years Centre Haliburton Victoria Brock (OEYC) and Trillium Lakelands District School Board have developed a partnership that will see young children and their parents/caregivers enjoying early years programs and services in three local schools. In September 2016, Early Years Centres will open at Fenelon Falls Secondary School in Fenelon Falls, Archie Stouffer Elementary School in Minden, and JD Hodgson Elementary School in the village of Haliburton.
“We are excited to announce that our three early learning satellite centres will relocate to TLDSB schools,” stated OEYC Executive Director, Pippa Stephenson, “We are looking forward to this partnership with the school board and further enhancing our early years programs and services for children and families.”
The OEYC is funded by the Ministry of Education, offering free early learning and parenting programs and services to families with children 0 to 6 years. In the spring, Trillium Lakelands District School Board shared a long-term accommodation review plan with community partners, outlining areas within the school board where room will be available for potential partnerships. After this consultation, Stephenson contacted Bob Kaye, Superintendent of Business for TLDSB, regarding the possibility of utilizing space in schools for community early learning programs offered by the OEYC.
“While we anticipate a period of transition to our new locations this fall,” continued Stephenson, “we are pleased that we will be able to maintain our hours of operation and continue to offer free, quality programming in each of these communities.”
The Ministry vision for the early years is that Ontario’s children and families are well supported by a system of responsive, high-quality, accessible and increasingly integrated early years programs and services. Provincially, Ontario Early Years Centres and licensed childcare providers are being encouraged to partner with local school boards to ensure seamless transitions and integrate services for families with young children.
“This is an ideal partnership for our schools,” stated TLDSB Board Chair, Louise Clodd, “It will be a wonderful opportunity for young parents to become familiar with our schools prior to registering their children in Kindergarten.”
If you live in the City of Kawartha Lakes or Haliburton County, have a child 0 – 6 years and are seeking fun, interactive, early learning opportunities please contact the OEYC @ 705-324-7900 or visit their website www.oeyc.ca to learn about their various programs and locations.