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Planning for Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres

In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the Province will become a unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These will be called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs).

The new OEYCFCs will offer programs and services for children ages 0 to 6 and their caregivers, including playgroups, information workshops for parents, and referrals to specialized services.

To plan and prepare for the change to the OEYCFCs, the City of Ottawa is looking at the needs, gaps and opportunities in our community. So far we have:

  • Created an OEYCFC Planning and Advisory Group 
  • Researched existing child and family programs in Ottawa
  • Conducted a demographic analysis of the population of children 0 to 6
  • Engaged the public and service providers through in-person consultation sessions and online surveys

Background information

Public consultation

In February 2017, the City of Ottawa invited parents and caregivers to take part in the planning for new Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs) in Ottawa.

The response was extremely positive; approximately 1,600 parents and caregivers either completed an online survey or participated in consultation sessions and focus groups.

The findings of the survey and sessions are being analyzed. This feedback will be invaluable in shaping OEYCFC services in Ottawa in order to meet the needs and expectations of young families and caregivers.

The City of Ottawa would like to thank all parents, grandparents, and caregivers who took the time to participate in this process.

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OEYCFC Planning Advisory Group 

Mandate

The mandate of the Advisory Group is to work collaboratively with the City and advise on the first phase of the development of the new OEYCFCs in Ottawa. The members will:

  • Act as champions for the integration of early years programs and services in Ottawa
  • Share child and family services expertise and contribute a system-wide perspective to inform the development of an integrated system of early years services that meets the needs of parents and caregiver
  • Review and provide feedback on Planning Phase progress and draft deliverables

Members

The Advisory Group is chaired by the City of Ottawa. Members include the following organizations:

  • Vanier Community Service Centre
  • Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre
  • Mothercraft Ottawa
  • Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
  • City View Centre for Child and Family Services
  • Andrew Fleck Child Care Services
  • Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
  • South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre
  • Parent Resource Centre
  • Makonsag
  • Grandir Ensemble
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board    
  • Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est    
  • Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario  
  • La Cité    
  • Centretown Community Health Centre   
  • Child Care Services Parent Advisory Committee   
  • Ottawa Public Health

For a copy of the Advisory Group’s Terms of Reference or other information, email OEYCFC-COPEF@ottawa.ca.