By Alison Hilborn, Our Kids Network Acton Community Hub Coordinator
Around the Acton Early Years Committee table, making a positive difference in children’s lives is what we all want. We want young children in Acton to grow and flourish, and ultimately become successful, happy adults. We work towards this vision through the many strong partnerships around the table. Over the past four years we’ve met once a month. We’ve brainstormed, discussed, critically analyzed, grown closer, and developed supportive, mindful relationships – relationships with “heart”.
It’s important to recognize that the partners on this committee come from organizations that have their own mandates, and yet these organizations all see the tremendous value in working together to bring change for the good to the community, and to young children and their families. We’re grateful for these Halton organizations* that support their staff to participate at the Acton Early Years Committee table. The benefits from their knowledge, expertise and perspectives on child development and this community’s unique needs are invaluable. We’ve progressed from speculating on possible solutions to grounding our discussions and actions in experiential learning, best practice efforts, and strategies.
It’s easy to see how our evidence-based initiatives that support young Acton children reflect the heart and creativity of the Acton Early Years Committee:
- Fine and gross motor skill activity kits that respond directly to the Early Development Initiative (EDI) vulnerabilities.
- Annual Kindergarten Fun Fairs to engage with new parents and to provide necessary service support information.
- Connect, Play & Learn Every Day! Messaging that speaks directly to parents.
We know it will take more time, and lots of hard work, to improve on current EDI results, but the Acton Early Years Committee is dedicated! We will use our partnerships, what we’ve learned, and our “heart” to continue to work toward addressing the underlying factors that impact young children’s developmental readiness for school – and to ensure that, in Acton, all children thrive!
Approximately 280 people attended the 2018 Acton Kindergarten Fun Fair including 89 brand, new kindergarten children!
*Acton Early Years Committee
Halton Catholic District School Board
St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School
Halton District School Board
McKenzie-Smith Bennet School
Robert Little Public School
Halton Region, Children’s Services and Healthy Families
The Halton Resource Centre
Reach Out Centre for Kids ROCK
The Town of Halton Hills
Community Living North Halton,
YMCA of the GTA
Links2Care – EarlyON
Halton Hills Libraries
Halton Children’s Aid Society