Origin and History
The Early Beginnings
In 1986, the Caledon Information Centre obtained funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services to assess the need for a family resource centre for children, parents, and caregivers. The Ministry focused attention on Caledon as a result of an inquest, which had been held because of a fire that took the life of a caregiver and the children in her care. They were concerned that there were insufficient support services for those caring for young children. A needs assessment was done and a steering committee formed.
The committee formulated the initial mission statement, philosophy, and goals for the Centre. In 1987, after one year of planning, the Caledon Parent-Child Centre was opened for 17 hours per week as a toy lending library and drop-in centre, and began visiting eight rural communities. In 1989, due to the overwhelming response of children, parents, and caregivers, the main Centre moved to a larger location and began operating for 35 hours per week. On June 23, 1989, the Caledon Parent-Child Centre was incorporated and became an independent charitable organization. In April 2003, the Caledon Parent-Child Centre was designated as an Ontario Early Years service provider for Caledon.
The Centre continues to grow, presently serving over 550 families. We continue to have new families accessing our programs and services as Caledon grows in both population and diversity.
~ September 1989 ~