A new “early years” centre has opened for South Surrey and White Rock families.
The official launch of the South Surrey/White Rock BC Early Years Centre is to take place Sept. 19, in conjunction with the annual Fall Fair at Kensington Prairie Community Centre (16824 32 Ave.).
According to a news release, the centre’s opening is part of a larger provincial strategy to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children. It is to function as “an information and resource hub designed to increase access and help meet the needs of families in the Semiahmoo Peninsula.”
Funding was acquired through a collaborative effort involving Alexandra Neighbourhood House, the City of Surrey and community partners.
Services to be offered include parent education programs, referrals to social supports, drop-in programs and more.
“We want to ensure that young children get the support they need to reach their full potential,” Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt said in the release.
“It is a proven fact that a child’s performance in the school system is greatly improved if they receive an individual focus during the early years.”
The Sept. 19 event is to include a ribbon-cutting with local dignitaries and service providers. Korki the Clown, a bubble show, a Science World Exhibit and refreshments are also part of the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event.
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