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Friday, December 21, 2018

Walkerton EarlyON Program Returns

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Program will resume in the spring following relocation in the summer that sparked backlash

Great news for parents of babies and toddlers in Walkerton, as the EarlyON program is returning to Town.

This August the very popular program was relocated from Walkerton’s Brucelea Haven to the Chesley which caused a lot of upset among parents who used the centre.

The lack of public and municipal consultation on the matter stirred up a lot of controversy within the community and local Council.

Mayor Chris Peabody said moving the program out of Walkerton was a mistake and he is pleased the program will be returning.

The program will begin this Spring and will be located at the Walkerton Community Centre every Friday morning.

In the interim, Brucelea Haven will accommodated EarlyON for a Drop-In Adventures in Play program beginning January 18th till the end of March.

Peabody commends staff for working diligently with the County on this initiative to bring the EarlyON program back to Brockton.

Peabody says the EarlyON program is a great resource for parents and an opportunity for parents of young children to connect and interact.

Peabody who took some time off when his boys were younger says he knows how isolating it can be at time for stay at home parents.

He says had the program been available at the time his boys were younger he would have used the service.

He says being a stay at home parent can be an isolating experience which makes the EarlyON program all the more important.

He adds Walkerton is having a bit of a baby boom right now which makes the return of the EarlyON program all the more exciting.

Peabody commends staff and the County for working together to bring the program back to Walkerton.

The program provides parenting support in nurturing children from infant to age six by providing: new baby support, parenting information, resources on pregnancy, parenting and child development as well as information and linkages to other programs and services in the area.
 

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