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Thank you Office Central!

Going back to school this year will be a little easier for the families at six CDI partner shelters thanks to the generosity of Office Central. They donated 100 of their “KidzPaks”, containing a variety of school supplies. The kits were delivered just in time for the start of the school year and made the day brighter for the children living in these shelters. This is the second year Office Central has donated school supplies, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.
CDI’s newest childcare centre opens September 2014

CDI’s newest childcare centre, Fraser Mustard Early Learning Centre, is on track to open late September 2014. The Centre is located in the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, one of Canada’s largest all-kindergarten schools. In addition to the Before and After Kindergarten program that opened last Fall, the Centre will also provide full-time care for 88 children from infancy to age 4. 
 
After a competitive selection process, CDI was selected as the on-site childcare provider for the school, named in honour of Fraser Mustard, a Toronto-born world-renowned early childhood expert. Bringing together full-day kindergarten, before and after school care and full-time childcare in one location provides a unique opportunity for early childhood educators, teachers, and school staff to work together in a collaborative early learning environment. We’re excited to be part of this innovative approach to early child development, and pleased to be working in partnership with the school.
Program helps young students Start Right

Staring kindergarten is an exciting time for most children, but for some, it can be a difficult transition. Start Right Social Skills is an early intervention program for children in kindergarten who are having difficulty adjusting to the everyday demands of their regular classroom.
 
Supported by United Way of Toronto “Success by 6” funding, the 12-week program provides special “play and learn” sessions during school hours for groups of three to five children. Through structured opportunities for healthy social, emotional and behavioural learning, children develop the confidence and skills to deal more effectively with challenges in the classroom, playground and at home. The primary program goal is to improve the social skills and future performance of young children.
 
The program was originally developed in 1993 as a pilot project with the Toronto District School Board, and is now available in more than 20 schools across Toronto. While the core structure of the program has remained the same, the program has continued to evolve over time. Today, technology is used to engage students and the staff use various apps to help children work through their social and emotional issues.
 
As with all CDI programs, Start Right Social Skills is evaluated on a regular basis with initial and ongoing program evaluation being very encouraging. Teachers consistently report significant improvement in children who participate in Start Right Social Skills in their school-related and social functioning skills; as well as significant decreases in behavioural issues after participating in groups.
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