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Ministry Contribution to Priorities and Results

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, along with its community partners, is developing and/or tracking outcomes for children and youth to help the ministry determine how programs are working and children, youth, and their families are getting the services that they need.

Healthy Child Development

Preschool Speech and Language identifies children with speech and language disorders as early as possible and provides these children with services to enable them to develop communication and early literacy skills so they are ready to learn when they start school.

The Infant Hearing Program provides newborn hearing screening in hospitals and community settings, audiology assessment and hearing aid selection, monitoring for babies born at risk of early childhood hearing loss, and services to support language development in infants and preschool children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Blind-Low Vision Program provides specialized early intervention and parent education services needed by families of children born blind or with low vision to help them achieve healthy development.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children provides screening for pregnant women and new mothers, offers information on healthy child development and parenting to families with newborns; and provides home visiting intervention to at-risk families.

The Infant Development Program provides early intervention services for children up to age five with, or at risk of, developmental delays.

Performance Measure: Service data of infants and families screened by Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program and Infant Hearing Program. Service data of children receiving assessment and intervention services from Preschool Speech and Language Program, Infant Development Program and Blind-Low Vision Program.

Program 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15
Healthy Babies Healthy Children (women screened post-natally) 117,039 120,306 121,978 124,126 123,994 124,985 123,119 119,140 116,787 110,058 110,281 110,549
Infant Hearing Program (newborns screened) 105,641 123,068 127,659 132,100 136,894 121,860 122,278 130,826 135,958 134,910 133,123 131,068
Blind Low Vision (number receiving intervention) 423 648 743 826 862 880 750 863
Student Nutrition (children and youth served) 186,253 253,211 389,795 431,491 575,875 551,357 666,323 692,976 692,976 642,026
Child Care Resource Centres (children served) 85,560 258,956 99,182 59,604 64,805 56,365 68,798 27,214
Better Beginnings Better Futures (children served) 6,453 6,445 6,835 5,579 5,150 5,215 5,320 5,686 8,408 5,842
Infant Development 11,754 12,429 12,630 12,798 13,640 13,001 13,146 13,481 13,464 11,702
Preschool Speech and Language (number receiving intervention) 45,860 36,786 39,615 43,682 48,068 52,295 50,053 52,227 54,914 57,089 42,000 65,156

Note: Service data for Infant Hearing, Blind Low Vision and Preschool Speech and Language Programs for 2014-15 is based on forecasts to March 31, 2015. The service data for number of Children Served through the Infant Development Program is based on 2014-15 targets in SMIS.