…unless we let the right people know that we are not willing to let this happen.
Changing demographics has resulted in Regal School running out of space to accommodate the growing student population. And now with the implementation of the all-day kindergarten it is bursting at the seems... A casualty of that is the loss of ‘The Parenting and Family Literacy Centre’, a kindergarten readiness program, which has been an integral part of the Regal Road School Community for 36 years!
It is 'kindergarten readiness', but more than that, as well as an introduction to rules and routines, it is an immersion into diversity and community, and the children's first experience with a 'teacher'; Preparing our children in a way we cannot recreate at home.
We need to speak up and tell the PFLC Senior Managers that we want to retain this valuable resource in our neighbourhood for future generations. There are schools in our local area with vacant space. We want them to look at the options within our area rather than boxing up our centre and moving it to Scarborough. Please add your 'voice' to let them know (even if we aren't in a position to make use of it personally.) that our community wants to retain this resource.
My previous comment was inadvertently cut short. Parenting centres should not be tied to a school's scores. Since they can't be in every school, they should be seen as a community resource, in the broadest sense. Twenty-eight years ago, I walked from outside of the school area to attend the Regal Road parenting centre. One of the first mothers I got to know was a recent arrival from South America.
Parenting centres are important to child development ; but they are also important in reducing the social isolation of care-givers and in promoting social cohesion in diverse communities.
Great comments Linda, you got it 'spot on'. We shouldn't be having to fight to retain this source of 'social cohesion' in our community! Why should it be taken away from us? The answer is it shouldn't, but sadly, one of the Parenting Centre bosses lives right in Regal Heights, and she isn't voicing any support for keeping it here... what chance do WE have!
Parenting centres should not be about a school's "scores".
Ianezza Greeley3 weeks ago
Linda Genova3 weeks ago
deepika fernandez3 weeks ago
- We are now live!