June 25, 2018
Oxford County Special Needs Resourcing Advisory Committee seeking members
Oxford County’s Special Needs Resourcing (OCSNR) services and Good Beginnings forming advisory committee to embrace diversity together
To strengthen local special needs resourcing services and embrace diversity, Oxford County’s Special Needs Resourcing (OCSNR) services and Good Beginnings are seeking 10 community members to form an advisory committee. This committee will build awareness of the roles and responsibilities of OCSNR services and provide a clear understanding for both families and professionals that ensures children and family needs are being met in a creative and solutions-focused manner.
The Oxford County Special Needs Resourcing Advisory Committee will focus its efforts on informed and engaged special needs resource service, innovative service delivery and constructive capacity to embrace diversity together. Through four annual meetings, this committee will ensure that special needs children feel a sense of belonging within the community.
In order to implement a provincial vision for early learning and childcare that focuses on integrating services to create a seamless service experience, the advisory committee is seeking community representation from:
- Local community members
- Indigenous members of the community
- Parents, legal guardians, other primary caregivers and/or foster parents
- Children’s services agencies
- Community agencies
All interested community members are encouraged to submit an application of interest by Friday, July 6, which can be found at oxfordcounty.ca/humanservices. For more information, contact Lynda Bartlett at 519.539.9800 ext. 3335.
In 2016-2017, a review was undertaken to assess the current Special Needs Resourcing (SNR) program. The review found that, overall, the services and supports being provided by Oxford’s current SNR program, A Child First, are valued and are having an impact, both for educators and parents/children with special needs. However, new provincial guidelines for SNR funding have highlighted the need for changes to the current SNR program to ensure compliance with the scope and mandate of the funding.
Based on the extent of changes recommended in the review, Oxford County issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in February 2018 to select an agency(ies) to provide the “new” SNR program. On April 25, 2018, Oxford County Council approved Good Beginnings Day Nursery as the new service provider for SNR in Oxford County, effective October 1, 2018. A new service delivery model will be implemented to address/meet the expanded deliverables and outcomes, and a new program name will be established.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Jennifer Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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