Halifax School Board Calls for More Early Years Centres

September 23, 2015

The benefits of the Early Years Centre at one Halifax school have some school board members hoping to see more funding to help others.

During the first Halifax Regional School Board meeting of the year, the principal of Rockingstone Heights School and the lead for the Early Years program presented their successes with the centre since it opened last April.
“If we support families as one, we can create success for all members of the family,” Early Years lead Renee Forbes told the board.
Leanne March, Rockingstone principal, added the centre sees 18 children from babies to four-year-olds for their programming, plus many more families that come to use various services. 
Rockingstone was one of four HRM schools that got provincial funding to support children before they head to school and provide services in one place, March said, which is especially important in the Greystone public housing community, where she said many struggle with poverty and limited access to recreation, mental health and medical services.
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