Huron County, Ontario – This April, the County of Huron’s Children’s Services division and EarlyON Program Facilitators are celebrating 20 years of providing Early Learning and Parenting programs for families in Huron.
For the past 20 years, Huron County has offered free programs and services to families by providing support, parenting programs, personal connections and a network of resources through play-based programs for children. EarlyON Child and Family Centres are staffed by Early Years professionals who have knowledge and experience in child development, community resources and parenting practices. On average over the past 20 years, 1319 children registered per year.
Ontario Early Years Centres opened their doors to families in April 2002 as part of a Provincial Government initiative to support parents in their crucial role and to acknowledge that the early years as the most important learning and development period in a lifetime. In 2018, multiple different programs, such as Ontario Early Years Centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, Child Care Resource Centres and Better Beginnings, Better Futures Centres were merged to be collectively known as the EarlyON Child and Family Centres that exist today.
In Huron, there are Child & Family Centres located in Goderich, Wingham, Clinton, in addition to numerous EarlyON programs in community spaces such as libraries, community halls, churches and schools.
During the pandemic, Huron EarlyON continued to offer parent-child interactive programs virtually, as well as parenting information, resources and support through social media pages and by phone and email.
For more information about the Huron EarlyON programs, visit: https://www.huroncounty.ca/social-services/childrens-services/
To register for an EarlyON program, visit: www.keyon.ca