HEALTHY EARLY YEARS
ECOL's early childhood activities are
a means to support English-speaking children 0-5 and their families.
The context includes the:
Lack of services available in English;
Increased isolation and mental health problems;
High percentage of parents living
on low income.
Through strategic partnerships and family activities, ECOL's actions will help reinforce protective factors which in turn have a positive impact on children, families and the community. ECOL's early childhood team can help you access a variety of activities and services and also welcomes new initiatives.
Our Healthy Early Years (HEY) and Bright Beginnings programs are designed to enable minority-language communities to develop comprehensive, culturally and linguistically appropriate programs to improve the health and development of young children and their families.
It is well-known that early intervention activities help children get off to a better start in life, prepare them for school, and improve opportunities for growing into healthy adults.
ECOL is particularly interested in engaging dads and raising awareness of the important role that they play in their children's development.
Here are some of our actions concerning young children and their families:
We have provided Maison Oxygène with language-neutral games
We have established a partnership with the Maison de parents de la Matawinie Ouest for the
co-creation of parent-child activities such as Story Time and musical activities
Partnership with Rawdon Library to offer English-language Storytime such as
Grandpa Storytime sessions;
Association with the Community Learning Center to introduce literacy activities for
Pre-K and kindergarten students.
Art show featuring the paintings by Rawdon Elementary School children.
We are currently working on a brand new Fatherhood support program. Details to be announced soon.
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Busy Bees Playgroup
This weekly parent-child playgroup is an integration to school activity that prepares 4 and 5 year-olds who start school the following September. Younger siblings are also welcome.
During these session, a variety of activities are proposed that will promote age-appropriate development of language, fine and gross motor skills, social skills and creativity. Parents will learn tips and tricks to help in the successful transition to school. Best of all: everyone gets to make new friends!
This activity is free and is also open to parents who intend to home-school their children.