Region of Peel Honours Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers
BRAMPTON, ON. (Oct. 21, 2009) – Today, the Region of Peel, together with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, celebrates the ninth annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Day.
“The first few years of a child’s life impacts their overall health and well-being,” says Patricia Mullin, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region’s Human Services Committee. “Studies have shown that child care workers and early childhood educators play a significant role in the cognitive, emotional and social development of a child.”
Peel’s Human Services department operates 12 Learn.Play.Care. Child Care Centres that offer inclusive programs for children aged 18 months to 5 years; offers parenting and family literacy programs at various locations throughout the Region; organizes individualized programs, supports and services for children with special needs, including an infant therapeutic program and homelessness programs for children living in shelters; provides child care fee subsidy to approximately 8,000 children; and provides other support services to families and community partners throughout the Region.
“Studies show that investing in the early years provides high economic returns,” says Janet Menard, Commissioner of the Region’s Human Services department. “It is important to recognize the childhood educators who offer our community a high standard of care.”
This day of recognition and appreciation for the work of child care workers and early childhood educators was established in 2000, and has since been proclaimed annually during the third week in October by several municipalities, including Peel.
The Human Services Department supports full participation by all residents in the economic, social and cultural life of the Region by providing a continuum of supports. The department works collaboratively with other Peel agencies to improve the opportunities and quality of life for children, families and individuals living in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.