The Hub is the neighbourhood venue for delivering an integrated system of services for early learning and care and healthy child development. Hubs are intended to increase access to program resources for children and their families.
The "Schools First" policy is to create hubs in schools, ideally with child care on site. If child care isn't on site, there should be strong links to nearby child care providers. If a school is not possible as a hub site, we should consider the best alternative, a location where some of the core services are already being delivered.
Key features of hubs:
The core services that should be available at hubs:
Parent engagement means not only involving parents in service planning and the development of hubs, but strengthening their parenting skills and role in healthy child development.
Best Start is a ten-year strategy with several phases.
Hub development: support working groups by assisting with tasks that facilitate the hubs ability to expand and succeed independently. This is done by:
Hub coordination: facilitate, organize and oversee the collaboration and integration of services by community partners into a common and cohesive plan for the hub location. This is done by: