A Message from the Minister of Children and Youth Services

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As the Minister of Children and Youth Services, I am deeply committed to realizing the vision of Best Start, an ambitious, long-term strategy designed to transform Ontario's approach to early childhood development, and ensure that every child in this province is given the best possible start in life. This is a vast, long-term undertaking that involves the true integration of dozens of interlocking children's services, funded and administered across several ministries, and offered locally and regionally by hundreds of independent agencies throughout the province.

This update describes our progress in developing a framework to guide the development of an integrated child and family services system through the development of Ontario Best Start Child and Family Centres, an intiative noted in Dr. Charles Pascal's 2009 report With Our Best Future In Mind: Implementing Early Learning in Ontario.

This update is also the result of recent conversations Dr. Pascal and I have had with parents and community and provincial leaders. It provides a summary of issues and ideas arising and provides some key next steps informed by the many individuals and organizations whose voices are reflected in this brief update. I look forward to their ongoing advice as we move forward with this critically important intiative.

Laurel Broten
Minister of Children and Youth Services