A representative from the Ministry of Education would like to see an EarlyON Child and Family Centre facilitated at Manilla Hall, as would a Manilla resident.
In a letter to the Ministry of Education, included in the agenda package for Monday’s (April 23) council meeting, a resident of Manilla submitted a request that the hall be considered a location for an EarlyON program.
‘There are a lot of people living in and around Manilla,” writes Nancy Guimond.
“Stay home moms, home daycares and home schoolers would benefit from a program that we could gather at and have our kids play with kids in our community, do a craft and have circle time!”
In her response, Julie Danos, Director of Early Years and Child Care Programs and Service Integration Branch of the Ministry of Education, advised Guimond that she should turn to her municipal government, in this case the Region of Durham.
“Municipal service system managers are responsible for planning and managing EarlyON Child and Family centres in their communities,” wrote Danos. She then referenced a local needs assessment being undertaken by the City of Kawartha Lakes, despite the Manilla Hall being in Brock Township.
When forwarding this correspondence to the Township, Davos said she “would really like to see one out of Manilla Hall.”
The Township stamp on the agenda item indicates a copy of the email was sent to the Manilla Hall Board.
Last October, the Government of Ontario announced the expansion of early years programming, including 100 new EarlyON Child and Family Centres across the province. Furthermore, they committed to an investment of $140 million per year to the child and family centres.