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The Highfield Community Enrichment Project (Better Beginnings, Better Futures)

The Highfield Community Enrichment Project promotes healthy social, emotional, behavioural, physical and educational development in children and supports parents and families to effectively meet the needs of their children.

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The Highfield Community Enrichment Project is a rich and exciting partnership with Highfield Junior School at 85 Mount Olive Drive.  Our Child and Family Educators provide in-class support, the kindergarten enrichment program and the summer enrichment program to kindergarten children at Highfield Junior School.  The Early Childhood Educators in the Family Resource Centre offer daily drop-in programs, special activities and parent education workshops.  The Community Engagement Program provides rich volunteer opportunities for community members and supports various community, school and project driven activities that enhance life in the Highfield Community for children and families.  Numerous events, such as the Community Breakfast and Spring Community Fair, are organized to bring community members together.

For further information, please contact Lynne Gregory, Program Manager, at 416-394-4635 or lgregory@georgehull.on.ca

PROGRAMMES en FRANÇAIS: Pour des services à la petite enfance et à la famille, contactez le Centre francophone de Toronto en téléphonant Jeanelle Julien au : 416-203-1220 poste : 274 ou consultez notre site web : www.centrefranco.org.

Please click here to read more about what this evidence-informed program has accomplished over the past 25 years, helping children develop to their full capacity by strengthening families and communities. Positive results have been significant, long standing and far reaching.

Please click here to read the article "Exemplary Canadian Project May Change the Future of Kids’ Mental Health Care" on the Huffington Post website.

On the first day of the Summer Enrichment Program, Ahmed and his mother had a hard time saying good-bye to each other.  This was the first morning they had spent apart from each other.   For the first week, he had a very difficult time following routines, sitting in circle and listening to the teachers.  Gradually, over the course of the four-week program, the teachers were able to support Ahmed and his mom around their separation issues and help Ahmed learn the routines and skills he would need to be ready for kindergarten in September.

At the end of the Summer Enrichment Program, 98% of the parents agreed that their children:

            • Were better able to understand school routines and expectations
            • Had developed important new school readiness skills like sitting in a circle, taking
              turns and following instructions
           •  Had developed new independence skills like putting on their own shoes, washing
              their hands and going to the bathroom alone.

One parent told us

“From this program, we as a parent learned how to encourage our child to learn many things.”

Every year, more than 550 families are served through the Highfield Community Enrichment Project.

 

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