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Petition to Save Angus Early Years Centre

(January 31, 2008)  – Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson launched a petition campaign today to help ensure that the Angus Early Years Centre remains open to parents of young children.  Its future is currently being reviewed by E3 Community Services, the local agency that operates the Centre for the Government of Ontario.

“Parents in Angus have made it clear to me that they want this Centre to remain open,” said Wilson.  “The first six years of a child’s life are some of the most crucial years of a child’s lifelong learning, behaviour and health and I think we ought to ensure that the programs to assist parents remain in place in Angus.”

While no final decisions have been made, Wilson is acting proactively to ensure the Centre stays open.  Earlier this week he wrote to the Minister of Children and Youth Services seeking her position on the matter while also urging her to keep it open.

Early Years Centres were first opened in 2001 by the previous Progressive Conservative government after a provincial study provided recommendations on how the province could best support and most positively impact young children and their families.

The Centres are places where parents and caregivers can take part with their children in a range of programs and activities; get answers to questions; get information about programs and services that are available for young children; and discuss issues with early years professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community.

Constituents can sign the petition on Wilson’s website at www.jimwilsonmpp.com or at his constituency offices in Collingwood or Alliston.

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