Approach to Planning

The Region of Waterloo is embarking on a community-led planning process to fulfill the provincial requirement to develop a needs assessment summary and initial plan.

In December 2016, the Children's Planning Table Voting Membership endorsed an approach to planning that involves a sub-group of CPT Voting Members in an OEYCFC Planning Committee, and includes representation from the Region of Waterloo. 

What are the primary responsibilities of the OEYCFC Planning Committee? 

  1. Represent CPT in a community-led planning process to review and create a recommendation to the Director, Children's Services.
  2. Lead the development of the recommended needs assessment summary and initial plan that is responsive to the Ministry of Education OEYCFC Guidelines.
  3. Complete tasks that build on each other and contribute to the development of the initial plan that includes review and synthesis of information, data, and recommendations brought forward by the community engagement process, including the work of sub-working groups.
  4. Review options and make decisions that will form the basis of the initial plan and contribute to the final recommendation for implementation to Regional Council.

The Planning Committee will guide the Region of Waterloo through a community engagement process and needs assessment analysis to develop a recommendation to the Director, Children's Services through the draft initial plan. 

What can we expect from a community-led planning process?

According to our Guidelines, our planning is expected to: 

  • Integrate OEYCFCs within the broader context of local community services as part of integrated local service planning.
  • Leverage opportunities to provide multiple community services through fewer service delivery mechanisms for easy and efficient access to services they need. (aligns to provincial vision for community hubs).
  • Identify opportunities where OEYCFCs can be integrated with or otherwise connected to other programs and services for people of all ages to establish community hubs.
  • Follow the Planning Guidelines intended to support the Region to effectively plan for OEYCFC implementation, including a carefully planned transition process that engages partners and minimizes service disruptions for families. 
  • Establish partnerships with school boards and local service providers.