Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers Honoured
BRAMPTON, ON. (October 22, 2008) – Peel joins the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and several other municipalities in Ontario in celebrating the eighth annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Day.
“The first few years of a child’s life have become widely known as the formative years,” said Patricia Mullin, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region’s Human Services Committee. “Early childhood educators and child care workers play an integral role in a child’s intellectual, spiritual and emotional development.”
Peel’s Children's Services department operates 12 Learn.Play.Care. Child Care Centres in Brampton and Mississauga; manages a Special Needs Unit, which includes an infant therapeutic program and homelessness programs for children living in shelters; a mentoring program; parenting support programs, volunteer and student support programs; and emergency management.
“Child care is a necessity in our community,” said Keith Ward, Commissioner of the Region’s Human Services department and General Manager of Peel Living. “Providing quality care, under trained and knowledgeable early childhood educators is a top priority. I am proud of our Children’s Services staff and the dedication they have to continuous education and improvement.”
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 by several municipalities, including Peel.
The Human Services department, established in June 2007, provides services that support full participation by all residents in the economic, social and cultural life of the Region, in particular by providing a continuum of supports for vulnerable or at-risk members of the community. The department’s divisions include Ontario Works, Children’s Services, Early Years Integration, Social Housing (Peel Living), and Social Housing Policy and Programs.
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.