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January 06, 2017
Have your say on future child and family programs

Online survey seeking options on future programming for children 0-6 years


Local parents, caregivers and parents-to-be have an opportunity to help shape future early years programming in Oxford County.

Oxford County Human Services is conducting an online survey over the next several weeks to get a sense of what parents and caregivers are looking for in programs for children 0-6 years of age.

The survey will assist the development of Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFC) in Oxford County. The survey can be taken between now and February 14, 2017. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and the information provided will remain confidential.


Take the online survey now.

Aside from the online survey, participants can also complete a printed survey submit to one of the following locations:

  • Oxford County Administration Building (OCAB) – 21 Reeve Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 7Y3
  • OCCC administration office – 21 Market Street East, Woodstock, ON N4S 1H6
  • PFLC at 110 Winchester, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S7K6

A paper survey can also be completed at any Ontario Early Years Centre, Mother Goose Program or Parent & Family Literacy Centre locations in Oxford County.

Those who fill out the survey will be entered into a random draw for a chance to win one of six $50 Wal-Mart gift cards.


Comment

Lynda Bartlett, Manager, Human Services

“An exciting transition is going to be taking place when it comes to early years programming for children. Right now, parents and caregivers have a unique opportunity to help us plan for the new vision for programs that will help our children learn and grow. We know there are some great ideas out there and we want to hear from all corners of the County.”


Background

In early 2016, the Ministry of Education announced a provincial plan to move forward with the integration and transformation of child and family programs. The new strategy will reorganize several Early Years services to create Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centres (OEYCFC). The expected start date of the new OEYCFC is January 2018.

In planning for the new vision for early years in Oxford County, a local needs assessment is being conducted in collaboration with parents, caregivers, school boards and community partners. This assessment will yield an understanding of community needs as they relate to child and family programs for children 0-6 years old.


About Oxford County Human Services

Oxford County Human Services is here to help improve the overall quality of life for clients through an integrated approach: one client, one file, one client service worker.

Human Services administers financial support programs including Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program, helps clients find suitable and stable shelter in the community, and manages the licensed child care system in Oxford County including providing subsidies and special needs resourcing to those who qualify.


Media contact

Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement

519.539.9800, ext. 3529 | anyp@oxfordcounty.ca


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