In ASD-S we appreciate the variety of Early Childhood Services which are provided to children and families through a number of community partners. The Human Development Council have created a search engine of services available to families in the Greater Saint John area. See the link to the Saint John Community Services Database on this page. Key word searches such as “early learning” and “early childhood” will help you to learn more about what is available for you and your child in our region. We will continue to add new resources to this site.
New Brunswick Association for Community Living
The NBACL is a non profit organization that works on behalf of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families. They provide services to support preschool children through their Focus on Inclusion program. Early Learning Inclusion Facilitators provide onsite consultation support prior to school environments through modeling, mentoring, and coaching for all staff in early learning and childcare centres and afterschool programs.
The Saint John Early Learning Centre
The Early Learning Centre is a place for children, youth and families to gather and grow together. Programming is designed to allow everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential. Some services provided at the SJELC are:
· Licensed child care including after school care
· Parenting Workshops
· Pre-kindergarten program
· Drop-in playgroups
The SJELC is located at Saint John the Baptist/King Edward School and is operated by the YMCA of Greater Saint John. The SJELC also operates outreach play groups in various locations throughout the city and a preschool program at Hazen White/St. Francis School.The SJELC has partnerships with a number of government and community services to provide support for children and families. Call 693-9057 for information on their programs or visit their website for a full schedule of programs offered.
Living Saint John
Living SJ is a social renewal strategy which has enlisted over 100 partners to help end generational poverty in the city of Saint John. Using a collective impact approach this organization is working to affect change in four priorities: Education, Employment, Health and Neighbourhoods. Early learning is one of the priorities of the Education team which is working to close the education achievement gap in our priority communities. Living SJ is working to find and develop evidenced-based programs and policies which will support children and families to improve their learning outcomes and see early learning as a key to future success. Check out their website to find out more about this organization and how you might become part of the Living SJ team.