Improving Outcomes For Our Children



    McGuinty Government Working To Break The Cycle Of Poverty And Violence

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The McGuinty government is moving forward on its commitment to break the
cycle of poverty and violence by creating a new results committee that will
oversee the implementation of the government's poverty reduction strategy,
Breaking the Cycle, and will examine the recommendations from the Review of
the Roots of Youth Violence report.
    The results committee will help track the government's progress in
meeting its target of reducing child poverty by 25 per cent over 5 years, and
will also monitor indicators in key areas such as school readiness, school
success, health care and housing.

    
    Some of the initiatives they will be tracking include:
    -   A Community Hub Program that uses schools as hubs that respond to
        community needs related to poverty reduction and student achievement.
    -   An After School Program that will support children in high needs
        neighbourhoods with new programming focused on physical activity and
        wellness.
    -   Increasing the number of Parenting and Family Literacy Centres to
        encourage families to engage in children's learning and link them
        with resources for special needs, health and other services.
    

    The results committee will be chaired by Children and Youth Services
Minister Deb Matthews, and will also include Cabinet Ministers, MPPs and
outside experts.

    QUOTES

    "This is all about breaking the cycle of poverty and violence by giving
young people the tools and supports they need to reach their full potential,"
said Children and Youth Services Minister Deb Matthews. "This is going to be
tough work and there are no quick fixes - but this results committee will
ensure that our government keeps focused on the task at hand."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The government's strategy aims to reduce the number of children
        living in poverty by 25 per cent over 5 years - lifting 90,000 kids
        out of poverty - by boosting benefits for low-income families and
        enhancing publicly-funded education.
    -   The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report was co-authored by
        the Honourable Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling. It provides a
        series of recommendations for addressing the causes of youth violence
        in order to advance the health, safety and long-term prosperity of
        Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Visit Ontario.ca/breakingthecycle
(http://www.growingstronger.ca/english/default.asp)

    Visit Roots of Youth Violence
(http://www.rootsofyouthviolence.on.ca/english/index.asp)

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Dougan, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394

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