Connections Early Years Family Centre

Registered Name: Connections An Early Years Family Centre Inc.

Business Number: 108030396RR0001

A non-profit agency, Connections provides integrated support, learning and early identification and intervention services to advance the healthy development of families and their children 0-6 years of age in Windsor-Essex County.

 Formerly St. Mary’s Family Learning Centre, Connections has been serving the Windsor-Essex community since 1974.

Our Mission

Connections Early Years Family Centre is a progressive family-centered organization providing integrated support, learning and early identification / intervention services to advance the healthy development of families and their children (0-6 years of age) in Windsor-Essex County.

Our Vision

To be a progressive organization that is:

• Recognized locally, provincially and nationally for its integrated model of early    learning supports

• Physically accessible and user-friendly for all

• Enhancing the structure and capacity of the organization to deliver services

• Focused on advancing relationships within and outside of the organization

Our Values

Family-centered: we believe in a respectful family-professional partnership, working together in the best interest of the child, and providing a supportive environment that encourages family to family support and provides opportunities for everyone to contribute to the excellence of the organization

Inclusive: we recognize individual strengths, respect opinions and honour diversity

Responsive:we believe in the capacity to listen, reflect, understand and respond to the changing needs of children, families and the community

Progressive: we believe in the courage and leadership necessary to explore all possibilities, innovate and initiate to best meet family and community needs

Integrity: we believe the inherent strength of the organization comes from the integrity of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers and their ability to create a culture of performance and accountability

Partnerships:we believe in seeking out partnership opportunities with social service, education and health organizations that will strengthen the capacity of the agency to provide services

About Connections Early Years Family Centre

We offer FREE programming for families with children aged 0-6 years of age.

Programs:

Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC)

The OEYC is a place where parents, caregivers andchildren 0-6 years of age can play and learn together.

At the OEYC, parents, caregivers and children can take part in a range of programs and activities, feel supported and share parenting information, receive information about programs and services that are available for young children, and talk to Early Years professionals as well as other parents and caregivers.  There is no cost to attend any of our programs or activities.

Talk 2 Me

Talk 2 Me is the local preschool speech and language program for Windsor-Essex County.

Talk 2 Me provides resources and programs for children with speech and language concerns from birth until school entry.  We work with parents and caregivers to help every child be the best communicator they can be.

Infant Hearing Program

This program offers universal newborn hearing screening, high risk monitoring and services for families of children identified with a permanent hearing loss living in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent counties.

Blind-Low Vision (BLV) Early Intervention Program Windsor-Essex & Chatham Kent

The BLV program provides specialized family-centered services for children from birth to grade 1. The program provides education and support for parents so they can encourage the healthy development of their children. Parents learn to help their children develop the skills they need for daily activities at home and in early learning and care settings.

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