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Niagara's Best Start Child and Family Centres

A Blueprint for Developing Children's Centres

Kathryn O'Hagan-Todd

on 21 August 2013

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Transcript of Niagara's Best Start Child and Family Centres

There is no single model - the best approaches are built on local strengths, opportunities and priorities
Use researched best practices
Include key program elements
Built up over time with a schools first approach
Program Aims
Promote more integrated, inclusive and collaborative early childhood services
Improve access to services particularly in under served areas and disadvantaged communities
Improve the health and well-being outcomes for children and their families
Guiding Principles
Governace and planning are informed and inclusive
Service philosophy and provision are
driven by the needs of children and their families
Child, family and community participation
is actively promoted and supported
Professional practice is based on
respectful relationships
Children's Centres practices and programs are evaluated and reviewed
Niagara regards integration of early childhood services and
the increased collaboration between services as integral to both
addressing and supporting the needs of children and their families
One Stop Shop, no closed
door approach that leverages

Universal services
Secondary & Tertiary
Full Day Kindergarten
Child Care
Horizontal & Vertical Navigation
Least Number of "Clicks"
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