Greater Sudbury, Ontario – Carrefour francophone de Sudbury is proud to announce that its network of Early Learning Centres (ELCs) is expanding with the addition of a 10 th centre that will open its doors on July 1, 2019, at Collège Boréal’s Sudbury campus. The centre’s name and personnel will be announced in the near future.
The new centre will welcome children aged 18 months to 4 years and will also provide before-and after-school child care. In the fall, it expects to offer the “family age grouping” option for children aged 0 to 4, which allows children of different ages, whether or not from the same family, to be in the same play activity room. Summer camps will also be offered in 2020.
In collaboration with Collège Boréal’s Social Innovation Centre for children and families and the AFÉSEO (Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario), Carrefour francophone’s new ELC will be directly involved in the Ontario Provincial Centre of Excellence for
Early Years and Child Care. The mission of the province’s three Centres of Excellence (Francophone, Indigenous and Anglophone) includes research, professional development, learning resource development and policy development for the entire early childhood education sector.
“Carrefour francophone is pleased to expand its family of children’s services and to work more closely in training future early learning professionals. Our centre at Collège Boréal will facilitate action research, help to develop French-language educational material and design unique cultural development experiences for young children throughout the early learning sector,” said Stéphane Gauthier, director of Carrefour francophone. “Sudbury families can rejoice as well, because their young ones will have access to our high quality Francophone educational, cultural and artistic programming in a new central location. The children who benefit from this programming today will be the pride of our community tomorrow.”
Every day, Carrefour francophone’s early learning centres offer child-initiated and adult-supported learning experiences designed in response to needs and interests expressed by the children, in accordance with the principles of Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, “How Does Learning Happen?”.
Parents who wish to register their children, as well as parents of children registered with the current service provider at this location, may contact Julie Joncas, the Carrefour francophone’s coordinator of children’s services, at [email protected]. Parents may also add their name to the City of Greater Sudbury’s wait list for child care services.
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