The City is excited to lead the local transformation of child and family programs (Ontario Early Years Centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres and Better Beginnings, Better Futures) in Kingston and Frontenac, creating an integrated system of services and supports for families. The new system will be known as EarlyON Child and Family Centres.
EarlyON Centres are intended to support all children (0 – 6 years of age), parents and caregivers in learning, growing and connecting together. This aligns with the Ontario Ministry of Education's renewed vision for early years' support, which includes all children and families having access to a range of high-quality inclusive programs and services that are centred around the child and family and contribute to children's learning, development and well-being.
EarlyON Centres will offer, free-of-charge, quality play and inquiry-based, drop-in programs in locations across Kingston and the County of Frontenac.
To ensure the transformation to the new EarlyON is well executed, 2018 is a transitional year, shifting from the current child and family program system to the new EarlyON program delivery model. Locally, those agencies, that previously and currently deliver child and family programs, will continue providing services under the banner of EarlyON Centres until the end of June.
On April 17, Council approved the recommendation from staff that beginning July 3, EarlyON programs will delivered by Northern Frontenac Community Services Corporation, Kingston Community Health Centres and the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston and Area. NFCS and KCHC will continue to offer their programs and we welcome the Boys and Girls Club as a new provider.
We are working to finalize EarlyON locations and hours and will share this information with parents and caregivers in the coming weeks. This site will be updated once the agencies have been selected to provide EarlyON services and program locations and hours of service have been finalized.