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
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.