Families and Organizations Benefit from National Children's Program Standard, Study Reveals

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - HIGH FIVE, Canada's quality standard for children's programs, has released its most recent impact study in celebration of its 15th anniversary and National Child Day. The Impact of Quality: Summary Report shows that HIGH FIVE training results in improved environments in programs, maximized physical activity and increased customer satisfaction. Approximately 400 organizations across Canada use HIGH FIVE resulting in more than 1 million kids annually having positive experiences in programs.

According to organizations surveyed across Canada:

  • 97% agree that HIGH FIVE helps create an environment that fosters healthy child development
  • 94% agree that HIGH FIVE helps front-line staff maximize children's participation and physical activity
  • 91% agree that HIGH FIVE has improved customer satisfaction
  • Over half (60%) of organizations with continued involvement using HIGH FIVE reported a decrease in amount of complaints from parents/caregivers since implementing HIGH FIVE

HIGH FIVE is hosting National Child Day #HIGHFIVEncd celebrations today at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario. Kids in the community are testing leading-edge recreation activities such as parkour and LEGO Robotics for summer camps. These ideas were inspired by children's feedback. The celebration also includes an address to children and caregivers by Sen. Nancy Greene Raine. Dovercourt Recreation Association is a HIGH FIVE Accredited Organization, recognized for providing exceptional quality programs to children in the community.

Click here to view the HIGH FIVE celebration of National Child Day backgrounder.


"We all have a role to play in ensuring kids are motivated to stay active. Whether it is giving them opportunities to develop physical literacy to increase their confidence or ensuring they have a caring adult leading their program, it all leads to positive experiences.  And research shows people who have positive experiences as a child are more likely to stay active for life."

- LJ Bartle, HIGH FIVE National Standard


"As HIGH FIVE Registered Organizations, Canadian Armed Forces Bases and Wings recognize the value of quality recreation programs to military families. The HIGH FIVE Standard helps us create positive environments for children that build resiliency and help them overcome the unique challenges of the military lifestyle."

-Commodore Sean Cantelon, Director General Morale & Welfare Services


"Quality recreation is essential for healthy child development. Positive experiences in sport and recreation not only help address the problem of inactivity among children, but often set a pattern for healthy participation for life."

                           -Sen. Nancy Greene Raine


The Impact of Quality: Summary Report, the results of a study which was conducted by HIGH FIVE together with Environics Research, is available online at http://highfive.org/news/new-report-high-five-impact.


HIGH FIVE is Canada's comprehensive quality standard for children's programs founded by Parks and Recreation Ontario in 2001.  HIGH FIVE holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that our research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids: A Caring Adult, Friends, Play, Mastery and Participation. The HIGH FIVE quality framework consists of Training and Development, Program Assessments, Policies/Procedures, and Awareness. www.HIGHFIVE.org

About Parks and Recreation Ontario:

Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is a non-profit membership association that advances the health, social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships. www.prontario.org

SOURCE Parks and Recreation Ontario

For further information: For more information and for interview opportunities with LJ Bartle, Director HIGH FIVE National, please contact: Sara Zammit, Communications Coordinator, Parks and Recreation Ontario, HIGH FIVE National Standard, szammit@prontario.org


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