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Neighbourhood Hub Benefits Vernon Families

by NationTalk on April 14, 2007522 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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April 13, 2007

Ministry of Children and Family Development

VERNON – A $100,000 grant to the First Nations Friendship Centre will support development of a neighbourhood hub in downtown Vernon, Children and Family Development Minister Tom Christensen announced today.

“This funding will support renovations at the friendship centre, where families can have one-stop access to early childhood development and family support programs,” said the Okanagan-Vernon MLA “The hub will strengthen services that support healthy child development in the local Aboriginal community and improve access for busy families.”Provincial funding for neighbourhood hubs – centres where child care, early childhood development and family strengthening programs are housed under one roof – is aimed at:

· increasing child care spaces;

· offering convenience for families by co-locating programs;

· improving cost effectiveness for service providers;

· enhancing programs that are tailored to meet the needs of individual communities; and

· increased utilization of public buildings whenever possible.

“Hub funding provides local agencies with the means to create important links with other family-serving organizations in the community,” said Minister of State for Child Care Linda Reid. “As a result, families enjoy greater access to more integrated programs and children are better supported in their early years.”

“This grant will allow us to create a better space where we can support parents and acknowledge and cherish the unique developmental needs of each child,” said Jessie Nyberg, co-ordinator of the friendship centre’s Aboriginal Infant and Early Childhood Development Program.

Renovations are underway to join the two existing friendship centre buildings located on 29th Avenue in downtown Vernon. Once completed, one side of the expanded facility will be devoted to early childhood development, child minding and prenatal programs.

The Vernon project is part of a $2.5-million commitment to support neighbourhood hub developments in 22 B.C. communities. For more information on the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s comprehensive network of early childhood development programs, visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/early_childhood.

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Media contact:

Karen Murry
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2939

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