The Halton District School Board has partnered with the community to create the first permanent Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre in Halton. The Centre will be at Oakwood Public School in Oakville and is anticipated to open in February 2018.
The Centre has been designed by the Oakville Parent-Child Centre (OPCC) to offer the community a family living space complete with a kitchen, dining table and living room. Natural elements will come to life in a special children’s playroom, creating a relaxing environment that encourages learning. A literacy corner and science area will foster creativity and inspire invention.
“The space is a community space that will be multifunctional in its day-to-day activities but has one sole purpose, to connect our families and promote the health and well-being of our children,” said Donette Phillips, Executive Director of OPCC.
A number of community members came together on Friday, Sept. 8 at Oakwood Public School to celebrate the upcoming facility during an open house. Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care and Minister of the Status of Women, spoke to parents and staff about the positive impact early-years programs have on a child’s future.