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all about best start "Hubs"
« on: April 08, 2008, 02:17:40 PM »
Sudbury Catholic Schools Celebrate Grand Opening of St. Francis Best Start Hub
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Children and families, child care agencies along with community and school staff joined Sudbury Catholic Schools Trustees and Senior Administration and Board staff in celebrating the grand opening of the City of Greater Sudbury‚s Best Start Hubs at an Open House held at St. Francis Catholic School on Wednesday.
The Best Start Program referred to as "Hubs" is a one-stop centre for families, bringing together kindergarten, childcare, parent-child programs, parenting supports and a wide range of specialized services. The Hubs are located in schools or other locations that are closely linked to schools. Best Start is an initiative of the Provincial Government but is directed at the local level by a Best Start Network which is made up of representatives from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the City of Greater Sudbury, all four school boards, and the child care, family support, health and specialized children‚s services sectors.
The Best Start Hubs incorporate services for families such as kindergarten, childcare and family supports, tot playgrounds, workshops for parents, dad and baby night as well as access to other services. Over
time, more services such as selected Preschool Speech and Language and Health Services will be offered in the hubs. The goal of the Best Start
Hub is to integrate all of these services so that they are all working together and providing families with seamless services.  http://www.thesudburystar.com/Community/NewsDisplay.aspx?c=3637


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Re: all about best start "Hubs"
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2008, 02:22:55 PM »
Halton Region and the Our Kids Network (OKN) announced that the opening of the new Acton Community Hub at McKenzie Smith Bennett Public School, originally scheduled to open in September 2007, has been delayed and it is anticipated that the hub will be operational in early 2008. In the interim, families can contact the new Acton Community Coordinator Alison Hilborn at actonhub@ourkidsnetwork.ca or 647-258-9763 for more information. Ms. Hilborn will work from office space at St. Joseph's Elementary School in Acton until the new site is available and joins Community Coordinators in West Milton, River Oaks - Oakville and Aldershot - Burlington.

The design process for the Acton Hub has been underway for the past 18 months. Once operational, the hub will bring together a variety of services under one roof for children and their families, including parenting workshops and programs that promote healthy child development.

Halton Region is funding the construction of the hub through the Best Start strategy. The Best Start strategy is a 10-year plan designed to give Ontario’s children the best start in life. It will help them achieve success in school by providing a comprehensive system of services that supports children aged 0 to 6 years and their families. In Halton, an extensive network of partners including the Our Kids Network, School Boards and Halton Region worked together to develop a plan of allocating Halton’s Best Start funding to expand child care and hubs.

Ms. Hilborn will work with community partners in early childhood, school-age and youth programs, health care providers and social service agencies to identify needs in programming and will secure satellite locations throughout Acton for programs and services.
For those programs and services that were scheduled for the fall, arrangements are being made to find alternate locations until the new Hub construction is complete. The delay will not slow down OKN’s commitment to ensure the community’s young people get the services they need to develop to their full potential.

Halton Region and the OKN will post regular updates on the progress of the construction on their respective websites www.halton.ca and www.ourkidsnetwork.ca.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 430,000 residents in the City of Burlington and the Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton and Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; ambulance; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and senior’s services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and business development.


 

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