Later this year, Halton Region will complete Halton’s 2012-2015 Early Learning & Child Care Plan. Developed every five years, this comprehensive plan helps inform the effective delivery of early learning and child care programs throughout Halton.
The creation of the Plan is not possible without the input of parents and child care providers throughout Halton Region. This spring, Halton Region staff has been surveying professionals who work with children as well as the families in Halton that use child care and early learning programs. The purpose of the surveys is to gather information and opinions on the early learning and child care system.
So far, over 300 community stakeholders have been engaged in this consultation process. During the month of June, more than 5000 families will also be asked about their opinions and family experiences related to using early learning and child care programs in Halton. If you have at least one child that is 0 to 6 years of age and you would like to provide your input, you can access the survey at: www.halton.ca/earlyyearssurvey. All the information collected will provide great insight to the early learning and child care experiences of children and families in Halton. Our Kids Network – Early Years Committee is the advisory committee for the Plan with an expanded membership of local child care providers.
Halton Region is committed to providing programs and services that help support parents and children. Between 2007 and 2010, Halton invested $6.1 million to deliver additional subsidized child care spaces in the region. Halton also offers financial assistance to help with the cost of child care for eligible families where a parent is working, going to school or looking for work.
The children of today are our future. Halton’s 2012-2015 Early Learning & Child Care Plan will help ensure that we are supporting children and families in the best way possible and moving towards Our Kids Network vision of “all children thrive.
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