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Past Projects

Young Children Priority First


How has Young Children Priority First
supported Niagara's
licensed child care programs?
Click here for historical one-pager.

Kiwanis St. Catharines
Kiwanis Club Welland
Stamford Kiwanis Club


Niagara Science & Technology Project (2015)

The Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC) was thrilled to work in partnership with the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara in offering science and technology based resources and training to Niagara's licensed child care programs.

Each licensed child care program in Niagara received a free play-based Science and Technology kit developed in alignment with Ontario's Early Learning Framework: Early Learning for Every Child Today and valued at over $800. Additionally, all Early Childhood Educators working in these programs were eligible to attend a free, three-hour training session to gain strategies for incorporating the science kits into their daily program planning and supporting children in learning science and technology concepts. These sessions were offered between February 2014 and May 2015.

In May 2015, Follow-up Training Sessions, Linking your Science & Technology Kit to Ontario's Early Learning Framework, were offered to project participants to offer the opportunity to network and share further thoughts regarding the implementation of the Science Project materials and resources.
Feedback from Training Sessions
Project News & Wrap-up Celebration

Numeracy Project for Licensed Child Care Centres (2008)

Through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, all Licensed Child Care Centres in Niagara were provided a Numeracy Resource Kit containing over $1000 worth of educational resource materials, purchased primarily through educational resource supplier Louise, Kool & Galt.

Click here to view the Project Summary which includes project details such as funding, volunteerism, and kit cost, assembly and value. Approximately 6000 children enrolled in Niagara's Licensed Child Care programs now have access to the numeracy resource kits with encouragement and guidance in discovering various math concepts including:

  • number sense and numeration
  • measurement and measurement sense
  • geometry and spatial sense
  • patterning and data management and probability

Early Literacy Project for Licensed Child Care Centres (2007)

This initial project was the first of a series that partnered the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara with the ECCDC and child care providers in Niagara with the aim of enhancing children's development before they start school.

For this Literacy Project, Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara adopted 140 Licensed Child Care Centres across the Region and provided them with over 5000 new books and learning materials designed to foster children's literacy. They also volunteered countless hours making minor repairs to toys and equipment and reading and interacting with over 6000 children enrolled within these child care centres.

Kiwanis joined forces with the ECCDC to help secure funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and power the administrative aspect of the project. Kiwanis volunteers worked closely with Literacy Link Niagara and Speech Services Niagara to help select appropriate books for purchase.

For more information, click here for full Media Release: Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara Launch New Project to Get Kids Hooked on Reading; February 6 2006.

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.