The Regional Municipality of Peel recently recognized Peel Inclusion Resource Services (PIRS), including five community partners, for its collective leadership in changing the delivery of early learning child care services in Peel. The following organizations were honoured at an award presentation at the start of Regional Council:
- Brampton Caledon Community Living
- Community Living Mississauga
- ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
- Peel Children’s Centre
- Surrey Place Centre Blind-Low Vison Program
- Region of Peel, Human Services
Since its launch in 2013, PIRS has helped more children with special needs access child care by providing a centralized intake and referral process. In 2015, more than 1400 children were supported in licensed child care. Staff from special needs programs developed common approaches to strengthen the capacity of centres to deliver inclusive services. Today, 95 per cent of Peel’s licensed child care centres receive PIRS support.
“Our community partners are the true leaders in improving the lives of our residents,” said Region of Peel CAO David Szwarc. “The Peel Inclusion Resource Services model demonstrates how together, we are working with partners to create a community for life. Ultimately, it’s the children with special needs and their families who benefit from this collaboration.”
“We’re thrilled to be recognized for co-creating the Peel Inclusion Resource Services model. Together with the Region of Peel, licensed child care providers and other community partners, we have increased the capacity of early childhood workers to provide inclusive services for children with diagnosed and undiagnosed special needs,” said Ann Iannarelli, Manager of Early Childhood Education Services, Community Living Mississauga.