SURREY – A new BC Early Years Centre in Newton is now officially open and ready to welcome Surrey families with young children.
The centre, which is located at 100-6846 King George Boulevard and hosted by Options Community Services, is helping to increase accessibility for those families who do not normally access early years services, and will tailor its activities to respond to what families need.
Building on a foundation of existing early years services, the centre will act as a service and information hub, ensuring that parents know about and are able to reach the various programs and supports in the area that can help their families. The centre will also link to, and provide referrals for, early learning programs that are housed in a variety of locations throughout the community, including schools and recreation centres.
This new centre is part of a commitment under the BC Early Years Strategy to implement a network of BC Early Years Centres across the province that will provide families with one-stop, convenient access to a range of services and supports, information and referrals. The strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children.
The Newton BC Early Years Centre is one of 26 centres across the province, including another centre that will open in Surrey this fall with satellite locations at Kensington Prairie Community Centre on 32nd Avenue and at Alexandra Neighbourhood House on McBride Avenue. Provincewide, BC Early Years Centres are in a diverse mix of urban, rural and Aboriginal communities, and will build on existing local community resources to enhance services for families. Each centre is receiving $52,000 from the Provincial Office for the Early Years for this fiscal year as part of a $5.5-million investment over three years.
Marvin Hunt, MLA for Surrey-Panorama
“This new centre is a welcome addition to the community of Newton. It will help families to access quality, affordable programs and services that will support their children through the critical stages of their young development and set them up for lifelong success.”
Ruth Beardsley, Senior Manager, Options Community Services Society
“The Newton Early Years project will enable families with young children to access information, services and supports from multiple sites throughout Newton. Through a system that will provide information and referral onsite and online access, families will be quickly linked to the services they need.
“The project will work with an Integration Committee of early years services, professionals and providers to deliver early intervention, Family Resource Programs, child care, StrongStart BC, Aboriginal programs, parenting supports and public health services.”