National Child Benefit Announcement
Joan Marie Aylward, Minister of Health and Community Services, today announced a funding allotment of $1.25 million for the implementation of Family Resource Centres and Family Home Child Care Agencies as part of the National Child Benefit Reinvestment Plan. The minister also announced the sites for the eight family resource centre projects and two family home child care agency pilot projects.
"This government continues to demonstrate its commitment to children and families. Today, we are allocating more than $1.25 million annually to improve services for our children and their families," said the minister. "We have set a course through our Strategic Social Plan and together, through partnerships in the community, we are moving in a direction which will ensure healthy, happy, and productive lives for new generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, our children."
These initiatives have required considerable planning and consultation over the past few months. Recommendations are based on a thorough analysis of available demographic and statistical information, and assessment of need and capacity of communities to develop and sustain projects in the long-term.
The consultation process demonstrates that there is strong interest in Family Resource Centres throughout the province. Government is committed to further support for Family Resource Centres as stated in the Strategic Social Plan as additional resources become available. The Family Home Child Care Agency concept is a relatively new one for the province. A developmental phase is recommended initially to work out operational and programming details.
Media contact: Glenn Bruce, Director of Communications, (709) 729-1377.
The eight Family Resource Centre Projects announced today include:
Two agencies are identified as pilot sites:
Additional agencies, in all regions of the province, will be recommended for funding in 1999/2000, as interest, need and capacity become evident.
1999 03 31 4:55 p.m.