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Prince Edward Child Care Services celebrates OEYC 10th Anniversary this Saturday!

This year, across Ontario, families and community-based organizations are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs). Created in 2002, OEYCs deliver a wide range of programs and services for families with children aged prenatal to age 6 that support healthy child development, assist with the early identification of special needs, provide referrals to specialized services and community supports, enhance parenting skills and prepare children for school so they are ready to learn. There are 103 OEYCs in Ontario with an additional 564 satellite locations
offering programs for families.

For parents OEYCs offer information, ideas and resource to support them in their parenting with skilled professionals who are trained in family support, says Lee Mills, Co-Chair of the Ontario Early Years Centres Provincial Network. Susan Quaiff, Deputy Executive Director says, “OEYCs offer a place where parents can come to support each other while watching their children interact with a play based learning environment. Play equals happy children.”

Celebrations of OEYCs will begin the week of April 23. Prince Edward Child Care Services (PECCS) will hold their celebration on Saturday, April 28 at 10 McFarland Court, from 10am to noon. Everyone who has ever attended programs at PECCS is welcome to join us. Activities will include face painting, parachute play, and Jennifer Ackerman with “Liam’s Travelling Funny Farm” small animals. Call Kim at 613-476-8142  or khpeccs@kos.net for further information and to pre-register.

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Ontario Early Years and Family Resource Centres are places for children and adults to play, learn and grow together. Early Childhood Educators, parents and caregivers come together to share information and get answers to questions about programs and services for children from birth to six years.

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Ten Reasons to Attend a Playgroup

– Children need to build social relationships with other children.
– Children acquire school readiness skills through play.
– Playgroups are a great place to meet other parents and caregivers.
– Enjoy a cup of coffee and receive moral support in your challenging role as parent.
– Finger paint, water and glitter creates a mess at our place, not yours!
– Borrow some terrific new toys at no cost.
– Talk to Early Learning Facilitators about concerns you may have regarding your child’s development.
– Borrow books and resources on parenting issues.
– Hear guest speakers and consult with professionals from other early years services.
– A great way to enjoy a clean, safe, child-friendly environment where your child is encouraged to explore and learn.

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