Ontario Early Years Centres

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1. About Us
2. Locations
3. Programming
4. Early Literacy
5. Resources and Links
6. Become a Volunteer!
7. Key Contacts
 

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Image of Leeds Grenville Family Guide Summer 2016Leeds Grenville Family Program Guide  - All parents need support. Agencies across Leeds and Grenville have many opportunities to make parenting more effective, less stressful and fun.  For more information and a complete listing of agencies and program dates, please click on the link above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Us

Ontario Early Years are a provincial initiative targeted at providing centralized access and support to parents of children from birth to 6 years of age.

Ontario Early Years Centres support parents and caregivers in the role.

The OEYC Team is committed to responding to the needs of parents, caregivers, and young children.

Core services include:

  • drop-in for parents and caregivers with young children;
  • facilitated playgroups;
  • parent and caregiver education;
  • information and referral services;
  • child care listing;
  • volunteer opportunities; and
  • access to services of the Early Literacy Specialist.

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Early Literacy SpecialistImage of child looking at books

The Early Literacy Specialist works with Early Years Practitioners and community organizations to promote literacy opportunities among children birth to 6 years of age.

The Early Literacy Specialist:

  • maintains an Early Literacy Resource Collection for parents, caregivers, and teachers;
  • helps bridge programs and assists with strengthening partnerships and networks;
  • helps identify gaps in service;
  • initiates community forums to draw upon the expertise of all sectors; and
  • consults to kindergartens, playgroups, early literacy groups, parents, and child care programs.

The Early Literacy initiative is a service of the Ontario Early Years Centre - Leeds and Grenville, a program of Community and Social Services Division, United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.

For more information please contact:

Laura Lee MacDonald, Early Literacy Specialist
Telephone: 613-341-9044, ext. 2376

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Resources and Links

OEYC Newsletter: PDF or Text Only (HTML)

Literacy at Home Checklist

What is Literacy

Action for Family Literacy

Ontario Literacy Coalition

ABC Canada

Frontier College

Early Learning Canada

National Adult Literacy Database

Canadian Language and Literacy Network

Provincial OEYC Website

Leeds Grenville Family Program Guide  - All parents need support. Agencies across Leeds and Grenville have many opportunities to make parenting more effective, less stressful and fun.  For more information and a complete listing of agencies and program dates, please click on the link above.

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Become a Volunteer!

The Ontario Early Years Centre of Leeds and Grenville is eager to recruit people who would like to work with young children and their families.

The Ontario Early Years Centre is looking for your help. We are looking for volunteers in Brockville, Kemptville, Prescott, Gananoque, along with various rural areas.

Do you like to read to children or are you a storyteller? Maybe you enjoy singing, dancing, playing or simply spending time with young children? Do you have a creative craft to share? Maybe you have a special talent or area of expertise that would interest families/caregivers with young children? Do you enjoy meeting new people?

In addition to the many benefits that volunteers bring to organizations, research has found that donating your time also benefits you in a number of ways.

Health Benefits - A study funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health in 1991 found that volunteering can improve self-esteem, reduce blood pressure, combat social isolation, reduce the impact of stress and augment the body's immune system.

Learning Benefits - The National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating found that 76% of respondents reported an improvement in interpersonal skills. An additional 66% said that they had improved their communication skills, and 64% said they had increased their knowledge about issues relating to health, women, the environment and politics.

Job Benefits - More than one million Canadians obtained employment through their volunteer experience.

Other reasons that a person might decide to donate their time might include one or more of the following:

  • To utilize certain expertise and skills to benefit the community
  • To fill in free time
  • To increase self confidence
  • To support something in which they believe
  • To contribute to a humanitarian cause that is important to them - early child development
  • To contribute to social development
  • To feel a sense of belonging and social cohesion
  • To gain knowledge, experience and training in the field of chid care and family support
  • To improve the quality of life of members of the community
  • To enhance strengths
  • To develop and grow personally
  • To develop or enhance relationships
  • To feel rewarded by helping others.

For more information about the Ontario Early Years Centre of Leeds and Grenville Volunteer Program please call 613-341-9044 or 1-866-433-8933.

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Key Contacts

Shannon Brown, Program Supervisor
Telephone: 613-342-3840, extension 2373

Kimberly Little, Manager
Telephone: 613-342-3840, extension 2385

 

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