The City of Kingston and County of Frontenac helped celebrate the one year anniversary of EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs at their urban and rural sites on Monday.
Mayor Bryan Paterson, City staff and councillors were on hand to mark the occasion while EarlyON program participants celebrated the day with refreshments at all scheduled program locations.
Happy to celebrate the 1st birthday of EarlyON! It's incredible to see all the community partners that came together in order to offer a successful year of programming for our #ygk kids six and under. I even got to test out the slide…. for, you know, quality assurance purposes! pic.twitter.com/AEB62BsBSb
— Bryan Paterson (@MayorPaterson) September 9, 2019
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“It’s been a great year and we want to mark the success of EarlyON’s rural and urban programs and take the opportunity to share it with City and County mayors and councillors and Stephen Lecce, the Minister of Education who has been invited to tour some of our sites,” said Laura Austin, childcare & early years services supervisor.
EarlyON offers free, drop-in programs for parents and caregivers with children from birth to 6 years of age. Among the programs offered are sensory play, creative art, music and movement, nature and many other activities.
Participants also have the opportunity to receive parenting information from Registered Early Childhood Educators and a select number of EarlyON sites also feature Indigenous programming, through the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
EarlyON programs are provided at 16 locations in Kingston, with four locations providing Francophone programs, and eight locations in Frontenac County. They are funded by the Ministry of Education and delivered by the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston, Kingston Community Health Centres and Rural Frontenac Community Services.
For more information, including program schedules, visit the City of Kingston’s EarlyOn page.