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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 31/01/14

Hello CYSN members and community partners,

EARLY DEVELOPMENT INSTRUMENT (EDI) UPDATE:  The Ministry of Education (MEDU) is planning for the continued use of the EDI as a population measure of children’s readiness for Grade 1.  Please refer to the letter from Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division – ENGLISH and FRENCH – which talks about the Ontario Early Years Policy Framework and the implementation of Best Start Child and Family Centres by September 2014.  The current goal is to establish a working group of stakeholders in order to ensure a smooth transition of EDI from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) to MEDU.  EDI data collection is expected to resume in the 2014/2015 school year.  Please also refer to the Q&A – ENGLISH and FRENCH – which talks about the EDI review process and how Data Analysis Coordinators (DACs) will continue to support their communities as responsibility for data/information management and knowledge mobilization activities are transitioned from MCYS to MEDU.

FOOD SECURITY NEWS:  To subscribe to the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Food Security Network’s e-newsletter, please contact

HEALTH CARE IN FRENCH SOCIAL:  You are invited to an event designed to foster informational and collaborative ties among French speaking health-care professionals working within Kingston and the South-East Region on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Kingston.  The event will be held in French, and attendance is free. Health-care professionals of different sectors from Kingston, Brockville, Belleville and Trenton are invited. Please see invitation in FRENCH and ENGLISH.  Representatives from the Réseau and the South-East LHIN will briefly address attendees on French Language Health Services.  For information and RSVP:  Jeannine Proulx, Planning Officer at 1-877-528-7565, 214 or  Please share with your professional contacts.

MONEY SMART MOMS:  Over a period of 18 months, Girls Inc. will provide ongoing workshops and support for 100 moms in four communities – Kingston (February 11), Napanee (February 6) and Belleville (February 10).  A Picton session will be scheduled if interest is shown.  There is no charge for participation, no specific participant age requirement, and referrals are welcome but not required.  You do not even have to be a mom to attendCLICK HERE for details or contact Hanna Kitchingman at Girls Inc., 613-542-9202 or

NON-PROFIT BOARD EXCELLENCE WORKSHOP:  Is your Volunteer Board struggling in its planning and execution?  Are you frustrated because the different roles on the Board are not clearly understood? Is finding new members difficult?  Are you dreading the next Board meeting? Is the Board’s involvement in fundraising non-existent? It’s not too late to sign up for the next Non-Profit Board Excellence Workshop.

ONTARIO CO-OPERATIVE OF THE ADVOCATE invites you to their first meeting on February 6, 9:30-11am at Books and Company, Picton to provide input on the proposed Advocare Centre. The OCAI works to enlist the community, social and health care service organizations in Prince Edward County and, with their input, OCAI will provide advocacy service to clients in a cost-effective and efficient manner.  CLICK HERE for more information.

PRENATAL CLASSES:  Please tell parents-to-be about the Online Prenatal Classes now being offered through the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.  To register for online or group classes, please call 613-966-5500 x675, 1-800-267-2803 x675, TTY 613-966-3036 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm or CLICK HERE to access the online registration form.

TRIPLE P WORKSHOPS:  Please tell parents of young children about the free parenting workshop series being held at the following locations:

Quinte West, Health Unit on February 6, 13, 20 from 6:30-8:30pm

Belleville, Family Space on February 12, 19, 26 from 6-8pm

Also, a new workshop called Managing Disobedience is being offered at the Tweed Library on January 30, 6-8pm.  Families may call 613-968-1144 to register for these and other upcoming courses.

YOUTH SERVICES SYSTEM REVIEW of the current continuum of services addressing substance use to youth (age 12-24) in Ontario is offering a community capacity building event to management and service providers working with youth and adults on February 11, 9am-4pm, at Children’s Mental Health Services, 3 Applewood Drive, Belleville.  Lunch will be provided.  CLICK HERE to register.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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