Sept. 25, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - An early childhood development centre in Moncton was officially opened today by Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.
"As we move toward self-sufficiency, it is important to strengthen the ability of parents and communities to serve families and young children better," said Lamrock.
The centre - also known as the Le Phare familial - is operated by a non-profit board of directors from a community network with support from the provincial government. Its location, at École Sainte-Bernadette in Moncton, enables parents and children to obtain a variety of early childhood services.
"The integration of early-childhood services under one roof enables us to provide the best programs for long-lasting success," said Lamrock. "When we pull our resources together and focus on supportive environments for young children and their families, we help children move toward healthy development in school and life."
The opening stems from an earlier announcement to create four pilot childhood development centres in New Brunswick. The others are at École la Croisée de Robertville in Robertville; St. John the Baptist-King Edward School in Saint John; and Bath Middle School in Bath.
Social Development is providing $100,000 each year over the next three years to each of the centres. The department is also collaborating with the departments of Education, Health, and Wellness Culture and Sport on programming with each of the non-profit boards of directors.
Core programming at each site will include full- and part-time child care as well as parent and child drop-in programs and playgroups. Depending on the location, services such as immunization clinics, healthy lifestyle programs, toy and resource lending libraries and 3.5-Year Old-Clinics may be offered.
Establishing early childhood development centres is part of the provincial government's commitment to support families and young children better within local communities as part of Be ready for success: A 10-year early childhood strategy for New Brunswick.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, communications, Social Development, 506-444-3730.