Social Development

Province invests in family resource centres (09/02/10)

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Feb. 10, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - An investment of $400,000 will help the province's network of non-profit family resource centres enhance community-based services and supports for parents and children. Social Development Minister Mary Schryer made the announcement today while touring the Fredericton Regional Family Resource Centre.

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The funding is being made possible as part of the provincial government's long-term strategy, Be Ready for Success: A 10-year early childhood strategy for New Brunswick, and is part of the Early Childhood Strategy Action Plan, 2008-2009.

"The early years are essential to a child's overall development, and set the stage for future self-sufficiency, health and success in life," said Schryer. "We want to support New Brunswick families and communities in raising healthy, happy and curious children."

There are 13 federally funded family resource centres serving more than 80 communities, offering supports and services to children and families throughout the province. Each centre offers flexible programs and services to meet the needs of families in its particular community. Most centres offer parenting programs, drop-in programs and playgroups; parent support groups and education sessions; school readiness programs; a collective kitchen; and toy- and book-lending libraries.

"Through investments in children, families, the child-care sector and communities, our government is enhancing early childhood programs and services," said Schryer. "Funding will enable the centres to enhance programs and supports for parents and preschool children, and to support more New Brunswick families."

It is estimated that more than 5,800 parents and 6,300 children receive services and supports from family resource centres and outreach sites in New Brunswick. More information and a detailed list of family resource centres are available online.

Copies of Be Ready for Success: A 10-year early childhood strategy for New Brunswick and the Early Childhood Strategy Action Plan, 2008-2009 are available online, or by calling 506-453-2950.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sonya Gilks, communications, Social Development, 506-444-3730.

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