June 21, 2004

Family Child Care program graduates 203 students from York Region-sponsored Training for Informal Caregivers

NEWMARKET -   Today, 203 students will graduate from the Family Child Care program, which offers quality child care training, including child-centred first aid, nutrition, child development and guidance for those providing child care services in their York Region homes.  These graduates are in addition to the 300 who graduated from the program in the last year.
The Regional Municipality of York provides York Professional Care and Education $85,000 annually for the program, now in its second year.  This year, 228 students registered for the spring course, with 203 students successfully completing the training. The course will be offered again in the fall 
In previous surveys, 100 per cent of the students said they would recommend the course to their friends.  The 12-week courses, based on a classroom model, are offered free of charge in each electoral district of the Region.
“This is a tremendously successful program, and one which the Region is extremely proud of,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Its success has spawned the delivery of a Level 2 course which will further enhance the development of home child care providers in the Region.”
There are an estimated 170,000 family day care providers in Canada.  Approximately 15,000 providers participate in the regulated family child care system and 155,000 provide unregulated family day care.
There are over 90,000 children, in York Region, age birth to 12 whose parents are working and about 20,000 licensed child care spaces therefore the majority of these children are cared for by home child care providers. The quality of the child care that these children receive is important.
“York Professional Care and Education is proud to have been chosen by York Region to deliver these excellent courses to individuals providing day care services and wanting professional development,” said Pat Henry, Director of York Professional Care and Education.
“Full graduation ceremonies, complete with diplomas and a valedictorian speech, are always well attended by the teachers, the graduates, and friends and family,” said Newmarket Mayor Tom Taylor, Chair of the Region’s Community Services and Housing Committee.  “It demonstrates the level of pride these child care providers have in the completion of this course.”

The next sessions of Level 1 and Level 2 courses begin in mid-September and run for 12 weeks.  Information is available at www.yorkprofessionalcareandeducation.ca
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca
Contact:   Nancy Vosylius/ Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1226
- Email: Nancy.Vosylius@region.york.on.ca

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