Kids & Us - Community Childcare and Family Education Centres Kids & Us - Community Childcare and Family Education Centres
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About Us
We believe that all people have a right to membership in our community and as such to participate to the extent of their ability. Consequently children with physical or intellectual challenges will not be denied a chance to discover their full potential. Our Values
  • To maintain respect for children, families and people.
  • To provide quality programs.
  • To maintain a sense of community with families and other agencies.
  • To present a philosophy of facilitation and support, allowing things to progress naturally.
  • To be an organization that serves every economic and social background.
  • To promote healthy communication and healthy communities.
Our History

In the early 1980s, a group of area residents recognised the need for accessible, rural child services they saw as critical for early child development and parenting in South East Grey. Incorporated in 1986, South-East Grey Community Outreach, our non profit, charitable corporation quickly evolved into a comprehensive system of support for families including the “Kids N Us” child care centres. One common guiding theme has been to locate programs and supports in the local communities they service and this has been formalized into the “hub” service delivery model we see today. Our six child care sites and ten outreach sites of the Ontario Early Years program bring services and supports directly to our smaller communities allowing equal and convenient access to child and family services. In 2011 we formally changed our name to: Kids & Us Community Childcare and Family Education Centres reflective of the services we now offer. Currently Kids & Us operates seven child care centres, an Ontario Early Year main site in Markdale and ten Early Years outreach sites across South East Grey. As in the beginning, our growth and programming reflects the needs of our membership: you the parents and families enrolled in our programs.

Board of Directors

Kids & Us is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet the last Monday of each month from 6:15pm to 8:00pm in their role of overseeing the operations of the agency. Membership on the Board is drawn from members of the agency who are all parents and guardians with children registered in a Kids & Us program. Over the years the Board has been the driving force behind the development of programs and sites to meet the needs for quality child and family services locally. If you are interested in joining the Board or would like more information please contact our Executive Director at 519-986-3692 who will put you in touch with the current Board President.

Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the child care sites, support an Ontario Early Years program, chaperone day trips, help with fundraising events, assist with repairs or join our Board of Directors. The time commitment is often small and the rewards great. Whether as part of your Secondary School Volunteer hours or to just give back, we are open to hearing from you. If you are interested please contact a Child Care Supervisor, Ontario Early Years staff or the Senior Child Care Supervisor at the Markdale site at 519-986-3692.

Fundraising

Income raised through fundraising is important to our organisation. Fundraised income is used for the purchase of toys, resources and identified capital improvements to a centre. All of the individual child care sites run fundraising events throughout the year and funds raised by these are returned directly to that site. Parents and families are encouraged to support their sites by participating in these efforts. Kids & Us is a registered charitable organisation and can issue a Federal Income Tax Receipt in exchange for eligible gifts of money, toys or equipment.

 

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