YMCA Ontario welcomes the long-awaited Pascal Report on Early Learning



    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The YMCA in Ontario believes families are our
children's most important teachers and that healthy families are supported
families. The vision presented today in Charles Pascal's report on early
learning and care in Ontario aspires to achieve that goal through eliminating
gaps within the current system of services.
    For many months, YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs across Ontario have been involved
in hundred of consultations with Dr. Pascal and with the not-for-profit
sector, municipalities and school boards on this issue. We were pleased to see
the recognition that early childhood educators and the not-for-profit sector
play an integral role in the healthy development of children and their
families.
    "This report clearly demonstrates that modernizing the early learning and
care options for families in Ontario requires new ways of working together as
no single government, institution or community organization can take on the
responsibility alone," says Scott Haldane, President YMCA Ontario. "YMCAs and
YMCA-YWCAs across Ontario are looking forward to working with the Government
of Ontario and our municipal, school board and not-for-profit sector partners
to plan how together, we can provide the best possible continuum of early
learning and care for Ontario's children."

    About YMCA Ontario
    The YMCAs of Ontario reach over one million members annually through our
program areas of healthy, active living; early learning and child care; youth
support services; employment and skills development; and newcomer integration.
Reaching into the smallest and the largest communities in Ontario, the YMCA is
a charity based on community support and development, enabling our members to
grow and flourish.




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For further information: and interviews contact: Jennifer Holmes Weier,
Manager External Relations, Federal and Provincial Affairs, YMCA Ontario, T:
(416) 413-1020 ext. 4202, C: (416) 301-0100

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