In 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Education provided clear business guidelines that directed CMSMs and DSSABs to manage the local delivery of core services in EarlyON Child and Family Centres. The core services include:
- Engaging parents and caregivers
- Supporting early learning and development, and
- Making connections for families.
Any program components beyond these core services or those designed to be responsive to community need are required to seek other sources of funding and have to follow guidelines as set out by their local CMSM or DSSAB.
Canada Action Programs for Children (CAP-C) and Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is also another example of family support programs that work to support families living in communities in Ontario as well as across Canada.
Families and caregivers are welcomed to attend these locally-based programs where they are able to access and receive the type, level, and frequency of service needed at no or low cost. Through participation in these programs, staff aim to strengthen parents’ competence, confidence, and well-being and support the health and wellbeing of young children.