News Release - December 10, 1998
PRINCE ALBERT S CHILDREN S CHOICE CHILDCARE CO-OPERATIVE AND PRINCE ALBERT EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Social Services Minister Harry Van Mulligen cited the Children s
Choice Childcare Co-operative and Prince Albert Early Childhood
Intervention Program in Prince Albert as examples of the success of
early childhood intervention programs in enhancing the well-being of
Saskatchewan children and families.
The earlier we provide the support children need in their lives, the
greater the positive impact on their well-being throughout their
lives, Van Mulligen said. Programs like the Children s Choice
Childcare Co-operative and Prince Albert Early Childhood Intervention
Program in Prince Albert are critical for the future of Saskatchewan.
The Children s Choice Childcare Co-operative provides child care for
children from ages 18 months to 12 years. The Prince Albert Early
Childhood Intervention Program is a community based program for
developmentally delayed children or children at risk from birth to six
years of age.
Van Mulligen noted that their work complements the recommendations
contained in the recently released Saskatchewan Council on Children
Report, which emphasized the importance of early childhood development
in the growth and development of children.
The Saskatchewan Council on Children is an independent body
established to advise the government on priorities for enhancing
the well-being of Saskatchewan children and youth. It provided
12 major recommendations to government targeted at children from
birth to age five, six to 12 and 13 to 19 years of age.
Although the recommendations are age-specific, many of them
apply to children and youth of all ages, Van Mulligen said.
My emphasis on the importance of focusing on preschool children
stems from the fact that they are at an age where they can most
easily be influenced into positive, productive behavior. We can
prevent major social problems, and major costs, by creating
healthy environments for children which prevent as much as
possible the development of unhealthy problem behavior in older
children. We can pay a little now, or a pay a lot later, if we
don t take positive steps now with very young children.
For more information, contact:
Children s Choice Childcare Co-operative
Prince Albert Early Childhood Intervention Program
Director of Communications