New EarlyON Centre open for families at Seaway Mall, Welland
(Welland, ON) September,15th –Niagara Region is making it easier for children and their families to access free high-quality early years programming and services with the launch of its newest EarlyON Centre in Welland. Local families and community leaders celebrated the grand opening of the child and family Centre located at the Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St., Welland, over the weekend. The opening included a carnival-style event for families to enjoy that included learning-based games, face painting and special visit from mascots.
“We are thrilled to open the Niagara Region’s newest EarlyON Centre in the City of Welland,” said Darlene Edgar, Director of Children’s Services at Niagara Region. “These family centres give all of Niagara’s children the best possible start in life and have become a vital resource for thousands of families and children in our communities.”
Edgar, along with Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin, were present to thank staff and community partners for their hard work in getting the new Centre ready. Children did the honours of cutting the ribbon to officially open the Centre, alongside Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares the agency that will be operating the centre, and Mike Belcastro, President of Seaway Mall.
“EarlyON Centre’s across the Niagara Region offers high-quality child and family programs right in our local communities,” Christine Clark Lefleur, Executive Director of Port Cares added. “These Centre’s offer a hub for parents and families, to gather helpful information, access programs and services.”
“Seaway Mall is thrilled to welcome Niagara Region’s latest EarlyON Centre to our community. The creation of a safe place for families to access games and resources together is a great addition to our Seaway family,” Mike Belcastro, President of Seaway Mall said.
With EarlyON Centres available to families across Niagara, residents do not have to venture far to benefit from the programs offered. EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide free, high-quality drop-in programs for children from birth to six years of age, their parents and caregivers. The centres offer a welcoming and fun space for Niagara’s children to learn, play, and connect with others. At the Centre, children will enjoy games, books, songs, and nursery rhymes. The stimulating environment will encourage them to explore their creativity through art, music, and dance.