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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 01/05/15

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Over the next 3 years, Ontario will create 4,000 new child care spaces in schools, which translates into $120 million in new funding. School boards in Ontario can apply now to the Ministry of Education for funding.  See News Release – ENGLISH and FRENCH.

BABY FOOD DRIVE:  Community Development Council of Quinte (CDC-Q) is getting ready to launch its 16th Annual GOOD BABY BOX FOOD DRIVE for its Good Baby Box program.  The Good Baby Box program provides jarred baby food, formula, diapers, cereal and other baby care items at a reduced cost to anyone with a child who resides in Hastings & Prince Edward Counties.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate Babies — Celebrate Community” based on the idea that healthy babies contribute to healthy communities.

This year, the CDC has a goal of 5,000 jars of baby food, which represents a 10% increase over the number of jars that were distributed last year.  “We would like to see our annual baby food drive provide the program with all the jarred baby food needed for the year,” states Bev Heuving, Program Coordinator.  “As we know, the costs are only going to continue to go up on diapers, formula, baby food, and having the jarred food provided for the year would help us to keep our costs down and also prevent us from having to increase the costs of the Baby Boxes to the families using the program.”

In 2014, the Good Baby Box program distributed 4,373 good baby boxes to 853 families, representing 1,416 children.

Anyone can participate in the Baby Food Drive.  We are asking the community to get involved – businesses, the faith community, schools, neighbourhoods or family members.

The food drive runs from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day – May 10th – June 21st

Donations can be dropped off at our office located at 65 Station Street, entrance at the back or at any of the GBB Depots across Hastings-Prince Edward.  Monetary donations are also accepted which will give the CDC the opportunity to buy large quantities when on sale.

If you need your donation picked up or would like more information, please contact Bev Heuving at 613-968-2466.

FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME DISORDER:  MCYS is developing a Provincial FASD strategy.  Please CLICK HERE to view a letter from Parliamentary Assistant Granville Anderson dated April 22nd.

You are being invited to check the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ website regularly for information about their engagement process including a web-based public engagement option.  Contact FASDStrategy@ontario.ca.  I will keep you posted.

RED CARD:  To order a supply of the updated Red Cards, please complete the ORDER FORM and return to me!

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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