Over the past four years, significant progress has been made towards achieving the goals set in the last Early Years Community Plan (EYCP) 2012-2015, and the EYCP 2016-2020 builds on this strong foundation. The Hamilton EYCP 2016-2020 provides the community with the opportunity to look back on its achievements and to move forward by designing an integrated system that can effectively respond to the changing landscape and priorities of the early years programs and services.
Created by the System of Care Work Group of the Hamilton Best Start Network, the Pathway to Connect is a new resource that provides professionals with several options when connecting families and their children with a variety of universal and specialized services available in the Hamilton community prior to school entry.
Developed for professionals working with families and children aged 0-3.8 years, the purpose of the Pathway to Connect is to simplify service entry and ensure that families are instantly connected to the most appropriate service to meet their needs. The Pathway to Connect offers professionals with information on many services, including, speech/language, vision and hearing, and parental well-being and parenting.
To view/print the Pathway to Connect, click here. To order printed copies of the pathway, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-546-2424 ext. 3010.
An overview on the development of the pathway and guide on how to use this resource is available here. For more information on the Pathway to Connect, contact Nancy Hurley at nhurley@ASCY.ca.
Families that require financial assistance on basic needs, such as food, housing, and employment, now have access to a catalogue that provides detailed information on applying for provincial and federal funding. Created by the Basic Needs Work Group of the Hamilton Best Start Network, the Basic Needs Financial Supports Catalogue is an easy-to-read resource that is intended for families and children, 18 years and younger, and provides a broad list of income supports for various basic needs, contact information, and what is needed to apply.
The Ministry of Education is taking a multi-year, phased approach to the development and implementation of new regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA). The Ministry recently released phase two of the Child Care and Early Years and Education Act and is seeking feedback from early years communities across Ontario.
In March, the early years community and Best Start Network came together to develop a community response to the Ministry about the proposed changes. To read the full response, click here.
This response has been submitted to the Ministry of Education on behalf of the City of Hamilton and early years community.
Children’s Charter of Rights Exhibit tour locations:
You can visit the exhibit at the following locations:
Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Arena and Recreation Centre On display: February 29 to May 3, 2016
McMaster Children’s Hospital, Main Street West Location On display: May 3 to May 31, 2016
Hamilton Public Library (Central) On display: May 31 to August 31, 2016
Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre On display: September 2016
Les Chater YMCA On display: October 2016
Huntington Park/Westmount Recreation Centres On display: November 2016
Flamborough Family YMCA On display: December 2016
The Charter Exhibit contains the following items:
Charter of Rights of Children and Youth panels including rights and responsibilities
Children’s Charter Book – A book containing the expression of children’s rights of children ages 0 – 5 through words and drawings
‘The Voices of Children Carried by a Thousand Paper Cranes’ –1,000 paper cranes each inscribed with rights from children ages 6 to 12, hanging from a sculpture created by artist Dave Hind, created in partnership with Culture for Kids in the Arts
Child and Youth Charter Mosaic – Each piece of artwork was created by youth ages 13 – 17 and designed into a collage by a local artist, Chris Andrade in partnership with Art Forms Youth Art Studio.
The Charter Exhibit will tour the community at various locations through 2016.
Good oral health is important to children’s overall health. Yet, for some, regular dental care may not be affordable. Healthy Smiles Ontario is a program for children 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage. If eligible, your children will get regular dental services at no cost to you.
Who is eligible?
Children 17 and under may be eligible if:
They are residents of Ontario;
They are members of a household that meets the income eligibility requirements; and
They do not have access to any form of dental coverage (including other government-funded programs, like Ontario Works).
You will need to show specific documents during the enrollment process.