Outlast Blocks Project

Past Projects

Young Children Priority First


How has Young Children Priority First
supported Niagara's
licensed child care programs?
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Kiwanis St. Catharines
Kiwanis Club Welland
Stamford Kiwanis Club


An Overview of Young Children Priority First (YCPF)

Young Children Priority First builds on the success of the larger Young Children Priority One initiative of Kiwanis International and has hosted a series of ventures aimed at enhancing children's development before they start school.

Young Children Priority First is an Advisory Board that is comprised of one member from each of the Kiwanis Clubs in the Niagara Region and 2 to 3 members appointed by the ECCDC. The ECCDC provides the resources, training and support to the Early Learning and Child Care community while the volunteer, fundraising and business resources are provided by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara.

The vision is that all children aged 0-6 years in Niagara will have access to the best early learning and care possible. The mission is to enhance early learning and care for children 0-6 years of age, building a network of volunteers and developing a fundraising vehicle for projects, resources and practitioner training.

Young Children Priority First's philosophy: YCPF has adopted a holistic view of the child and is, therefore, concerned with enhancing all aspects of the development of young children aged 0-6 in the Niagara Region which includes the physical, social, spiritual and emotional aspects of their well being.

Motto is "Young Children Priority First"

Focus: Young Children Priority First needs flexibility in order to adapt to and meet the ever changing and diverse needs of the children in the Region. Efforts will focus on increasing the capacity of Niagara's early learning and care programs to deliver services that enrich children's development and learning. This might mean activities will be undertaken that support improvements with the following: education of children themselves and their educators; environment, structure and resources of child care programs; and physical, developmental and cognitive functioning of children.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen. Visit Kiwanis International for more information and to find out how to become a member.

For more information or inquiries on any of these Young Children Priority First Projects,
please contact the Early Childhood Community Development Centre at eccdc@eccdc.org.