Early Years Programs & Services
Hamilton EarlyON Centres are offering online stories and fun activities to do with your families while at home during the pandemic.
Programs & Services
Charter of Rights
The Hamilton Early Years system is about supporting parents and families to provide children with the best possible opportunities early in their lives. Parents are the first, most important and most lasting teachers in a child’s life.
Hamilton Parent Charter of Rights
In 2010, a Hamilton Parent Charter of Rights was created. The Charter:
sets out shared principles and beliefs for providers to guide them around planning and delivering services that make parents feel valued, respected, and supported in their roles at each stage of their children’s lives
reflects the voice of the community, developed through extensive public consultation and feedback
provides a strong foundation for the future of families, service providers, and organizations that serve parents in Hamilton
Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth
The Hamilton Early Years system supports the belief that all children and youth have rights. The Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth was created with the input of over 2000 children and youth from Hamilton, in their words, through extensive community engagement. Participatory responsibilities were added to open conversations between adults and children.
The Charter was released in 2015. A tour of the children’s artwork and celebrations of the charter occurred throughout the City of Hamilton with the hope of engaging the community in discussions about rights and building awareness.
The Charter is not only about making Hamilton the best place to raise a child, but also about making Hamilton the best place to be a child.
Guidebook to the New Parent & Family Engagement Framework
In May 2011, after extensive consultation, the Parent & Family Engagement Committee released Hamilton’s Parent Charter, enumerating the rights that parents should expect to have respected in their dealings with service providers and with all organizations that they come in contact with. The Vision and the Charter set out our values. But what should those look like in practice? That is the purpose of the Parent & Family Engagement Framework.