EarlyON Child and Family Centres
EarlyON Child and Family Centres in the Nipissing District provide parents and caregivers with a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment for children in the early years. It is our goal to provide families with access to high quality services and support them in their role as their children’s first teachers, enhance their well-being, and enrich their knowledge about early learning and development. EarlyON Centres are dedicated to supporting the relationships between families and their children by giving them a place where they can come together and engage in positive, meaningful experiences.
We know that children are competent, capable, curious, and rich in potential, and that parents and caregivers are pivotal in helping their children reach their fullest potential. We believe in a family-centred, strength-based and holistic approach to children’s health and development, and we work collaboratively to ensure families are informed about, and connected to, other community services they may require
As of January 31, 2018, the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB), as designated service system manager, is responsible for planning, implementing and managing the delivery of a quality early years system at a local level. As part of the transition, the Ministry of Education (the ministry responsible for child care and early learning), tasked service managers with the development of local needs assessments to assess the needs, opportunities, barriers and duplications in the early years system and to create a plan that meets the needs of the community.
This service plan was developed through broad engagement methods with many key stakeholders including parents, caregivers, children, services providers, school boards and community partners. Over 450 individuals were able to contribute over the course of this planning process. Engagement methods included: focus groups and consultations, online surveys, art-based activities, interviews and others. We’ve heard feedback about what’s working well in the system; we’ve learned about opportunities that that could be explored as well as the barriers and challenges that our stakeholders face.
Through this feedback a service plan has been created to meet the needs of children, and parents and caregivers and respond to the needs as they evolve. Click on the buttons below to access the reports.
There are a variety of EarlyON Centres across the Nipissing District that are ready to serve you! Click on the buttons below to find EarlyON Centres in your community or to download the EarlyON Centres brochure. You can also click on the centres listed below for more information and to access their events calendar.