County seeks input on Early Years system

By Cecilia Nasmith

Northumberland residents with an interest in local child-care services and the EarlyON Centre programming offered throughout the county are invited to complete a survey about the system's strengths and needs.

Northumberland County has set a Dec. 10 deadline for the return of the surveys, whose feedback will be used to create a five-year plan for the local Early Years system that will support the evolving needs of local children and families.

“Our Early Years services are designed to engage children and families in stimulating, nurturing environments that cultivate healthy child development,” Northumberland community and social services director Lisa Horne said in the county's press release.

“Through this survey, we hope to learn more about what services families and care givers are currently using, and also what we can do to strengthen the existing system of programs and supports to best position Northumberland children to grow and flourish.”

The county is also hosting an on-line forum where people can connect to share and explore ideas and priorities for the local Early Years system.

For more information on both the survey and the online forum, visit