Life Change Adventures exists to instigate the type of change that builds brighter and better futures. We could not be more thrilled than to know we played a small part in making this happen. What a great bit of news!
The North Waterloo community has received funding from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation for 4 years (December, 2014 to December, 2018) for $1.4 million for a community-based pilot project,
Better Beginnings Better Futures North Waterloo. This project will promote child, family and community well-being by giving kids and their families a better start. The project is based on the Better Beginnings program model and research in 8 low-income Ontario communities, and is specifically geared to children ages 4-8 and their families. The North Waterloo project will begin with children at Cedarbrae and Winston Churchill elementary schools and will be expanded to other nearby schools over the course of the grant. It will include:
- Programs for all children aged 4-8 and their families in the community, programs in the schools, and community development
- Community residents playing a central role in deciding on programs and implementing those programs through their participation as volunteers in various roles, including a project Steering Committee, and
- Partnerships with existing services, including schools, a local neighbourhood association, House of Friendship as the project’s sponsor organization, Life Change Adventures, Wilfrid Laurier University, and many others.
The original research on Better Beginnings found that it was successful in preventing problems and promoting child, family, and community well-being. For example, Better Beginnings children were less likely to be involved in special education services and more likely to complete high school with better marks than children in comparison communities. Moreover, for every $1 invested in Better Beginnings, $2.50 was saved in government costs by the time the children reached grade 12. We look forward to evaluating the North Waterloo Better Beginnings project.
Front row – John Neufeld, Doris Martin (House of Friendship), Kathryn Simonovic (Project Manager, parent) Mark McMath (Principal), Laura Manning, Garry Haack Hallman Foundation
Back row – Geoff Nelson (Community Psychology Professor WLU,) Jeremy