Resources for Early Years Community Partners

Resources developed for early years staff and community partners.

2016-2020 Early Years Community Plan

Outlines the strategic priorities & recommended goals for the Hamilton Early Years system over the next 5 years.

The Hamilton Early Years Community Plan (EYCP) 2016–2020 builds on a decade of collective leadership in planning and implementing a comprehensive system of services and supports for children and families.

Executive Summary for the 2016-2020 Early Years Community Plan (PDF, 1 MB)

Significant progress has been made towards achieving the goals set in the last Early Years Community Plan (EYCP) 2012-2015 (PDF, 857 KB), and the EYCP 2016-2020 builds on this strong foundation. The Hamilton EYCP 2016-2020 provides the community with the opportunity to see the  achievements and progress made in the last EYCP (2012-2015) and how we are moving forward by designing an integrated system that can effectively respond to the changing landscape and priorities of the early years programs and services.

The 2016-2020 Early Years Community Plan reflects the:

Hamilton’s Parent Charters of Rights

The Charters are not only about supporting the City of Hamilton’s vision to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully, but also about making Hamilton the best place to be a child.

Hamilton Parent Charter of Rights

The Hamilton Early Years system is about supporting parents and families to provide children with the best possible opportunities early in their lives. Parents are the first, most important and most lasting teachers in a child’s life.

In 2010, a Hamilton Parent Charter of Rights was created. The Charter:

  • sets out shared principles and beliefs for providers to guide them around planning and delivering services that make parents feel valued, respected, and supported in their roles at each stage of their children’s lives
  • reflects the voice of the community, developed through extensive public consultation and feedback
  • provides a strong foundation for the future of families, service providers, and organizations that serve parents in Hamilton

Hamilton Parent Charter - English/French (PDF, 1 MB)
Hamilton Parent Charter - Spanish (PDF, 329 KB)
Hamilton Parent Charter - Chinese (PDF, 461 KB)
Hamilton Parent Charter - Arabic (PDF, 1 MB)

Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth

The Hamilton Early Years system supports the belief that all children and youth have rights. The Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth was created with the input of over 2000 children and youth from Hamilton, in their words, through extensive community engagement. Participatory responsibilities were added to open conversations between adults and children.

The Charter was released in 2015. A tour of the children’s artwork and celebrations of the charter occurred throughout the City of Hamilton with the hope of engaging the community in discussions about rights and building awareness.

The Charter is not only about making Hamilton the best place to raise a child, but also about making Hamilton the best place to be a child.

Charter Booklet - English (PDF, 35  MB)
Charter Booklet - French (PDF, 35 MB)
Charter Poster - English (PDF, 4 MB)
Charter Poster - French (PDF, 4 MB)

Watch for a new Charter Facilitation Guide and Reflective Toolkit to be released this fall to assist organizations with talking about rights and embedding both charters of rights into your organization’s policies and practice.

Experience & celebrate the Charter exhibit


We invite you to go to the Art Gallery of Hamilton during November and December 2017 to enjoy an exhibit celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary through an interactive art display based on the Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth.

The project is led by Culture for the Kids in the Arts in partnership with the City of Hamilton and the Pen Pal Project. Children from the greater Hamilton area will connect with 150 notable Canadians and both will share which Right resonates with them and why. For more information, visit www.ckarts.ca/IHaveARight.

A travelling tour is planned for 2018.

 

Pathway to Connect for the Early Years

Key access points to services for families and their children.

The Pathway to Connect (PDF, 1 MB) showcases key access points to services for families and their children. The pathway provides information on both universal and specialized services.

Financial Supports Catalogue

Financial resources available to help low-income families

The Basic Needs Financial Supports Catalogue (PDF, 4 MB) offers a variety of information about benefits, tax credits and programs which provide some form of financial assistance to those who need it.

Intended to provide a collection of financial resources to help low-income families access and apply for local, provincial and federal income support, this catalogue enables families to take advantage of programs that have been established to be a great benefit to them.

Contact us

To order printed copies of these resources, contact:
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3010
Email: eycp@hamilton.ca