Children deserve the best start in life and the chance to achieve their very best in school.
Best Start will support families by offering a broad range of services for children 0-6 years of age that will ensure their children receive the best possible opportunities early in their lives. Neuroscience and human development studies show that experience-based brain development in the early years of life affects learning, behaviour and health throughout a person's life (The Early Years Study, 1999).
Best Start is the initiative that recognizes this research and puts theory into practise. It empowers communities to offer comprehensive, flexible, integrated and seamless services for all children and parents at familiar neighbourhood locations. The long-term nature of Best Start means that we will move beyond preparing children for early learning successes to preparing the next generation of adults to be full participants in their own communities.
A continuous learning environment, a commitment to early child development and parenting are key priorities for our community.
Best Start is about doing what is best for our children and our future.
Start is funded through the provincial Ministry of Children & Youth Services, but its programming is designed at the local level.
Best Start continues to be influenced by social, economic, educational, and health research which demonstrates that a public investment in children and their parents is instrumental in future success and is a prudent social and economic policy.
Each hub will provide young children with opportunities to explore, create, discover, play and learn.
Parents play a pivotal role in their child's development as they are a child's first and most influential teachers. Best Start parent engagement strategies will create opportunities for parents to participate in planning as they are important to the Neighbourhood Hub Planning Groups.
The Ottawa Best Start initiative strives to bring together local government, school boards, and community agencies serving families and young children together with parents to plan and deliver quality early learning and care services.
The Kanata, West Carleton and Stittsville Best Start Planning Table is a multi-sectoral collaborative dedicated to fulfilling this vision for these west-end and rural communities. As a planning group, we have agreed to undertake to empower our local community in offering comprehensive, flexible, integrated and seamless services for children, parents, and caregivers at familiar neighbourhood locations, so that ALL children will experience increased readiness to learn at school.
For more information: Ministry of Child and Youth Services