Feature ArticleJanuary 12, 2006
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Endings and Beginnings:CFCSCNews
As 2006 begins, it is amazing to think that this time last year, CFCSC had a staff of nine, had not yet begun to offer licensed home child care or the adult day service, and before-and-after school care and volunteer hospice visiting service were just goals on our annual plan. By the end of January 2006, staff will have grown to 14 and we will be looking at expanding existing services rather than building new ones.
Before and after school care: Many of you will have read the articles in local papers about the need for programming in Storrington District. At the end of November, CFCSC was approached to develop Before and After School programming to Storrington Public School to start on January 9. This is a government licensed program so we have required quick action from KFL&A Public Health, South Frontenac Township Building and Fire officials, the City of Kingston Social Services, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation in addition to CFCSC Staff. Family Services Coordinator Jillian Manning, ably assisted by Home Visitor Lesley Dixon, pulled together the inspections required for approval and developed forms and parent information packages from the Before and After School Care Policy.
Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation agreed to fund an intern position for the first two months of the service. The Ministry through the City agreed to cover health and safety costs for needed items such as a fridge, microwave, and first aid kits. Both of these funding applications and the policy were drafted by Executive Director Beth Freeland in nine days with help from her wonderful staff. When the program is fully operational, it will employ two full-time staff and serve 30 children.
As part of the Community Awareness Series sponsored by Central Frontenac Community Services, volunteers from the Canadian Cancer Society will be presenting a 7 step program for men and women interested in maintaining their health on Wednesday, January 18th, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Rural VISIONS Centre in Sydenham. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please call Mary Gaynor-Briese at 376-6477or 1-800-736-9610.