Authors Articles by Five Counties Children's Centre

Articles by Five Counties Children's Centre

Five Counties Children's Centre
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Serving children in the counties of Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough, and the City of Kawartha Lakes, Five Counties Children’s Centre provides therapy services that assist children who are delayed in their development to build the skills they need in everyday life such as walking, talking, and activities of daily living. For more information, visit
Five Counties Children's Centre has launched the new SmartStart Hub that aims to more easily connect local families to services to support their child's developmental needs. Here, Five Counties staff members help to promote the different ways families can click and connect to care. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Five Counties Children’s Centre is helping parents more easily access services to support their...

New 'SmartStart Hub' is available to families in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton.
Julie Grant, shown holding her son Jude, is a big advocate for more accessible playgrounds and inclusive play structures, like the wheelchair swing at Peterborough’s Riverview Park and Zoo. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Accessible and inclusive playgrounds can benefit all kids regardless of their age or abilities

Accessibility and inclusion break down barriers to play and promote diversity in all walks of life.
While digital devices are a part of everyday life, too much screen time - especially for young children - can impact their growth and development. Setting reasonable limits on screen time benefits both kids and families. (Photo: Kampus Production / Pexels)

Why ‘real time’ is much better than screen time for kids’ development

Active play allows kids to be imaginative, socialize with others, problem-solve, and learn new skills.
Five Counties' director of clinical services Darlene Callan (left) shares a moment of reflection with her one-time client, Adam White, whom she's known since he was a pre-schooler. Adam has since become a strong advocate and promoter of the life-changing work at Five Counties, serving as a volunteer, former board member, and past board chair. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

If there’s a face to Five Counties Children’s Centre, it’s Adam White

A client for many years as a child, Adam became a strong advocate for the work done at Five Counties including by becoming a long-time volunteer.
From a fairly standard and non-descript landscape, the backyard space at Five Counties Children's Centre's Peterborough location has been transformed over the past three years into a lush, natural outdoor treatment and therapy space with many amenities that are ideal for kids, clients, families, and staff. It will be transformed again for the Backyard Summer Social fundraising gala on June 24, 2023 featuring alpacas, axe-throwing, inflatable jousting, classic picnic games, food, treats, and fun. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

How the backyard of Five Counties Children’s Centre in Peterborough was transformed into an...

Adults can experience the space and become kids again at Five Counties' Backyard Summer Social fundraising gala on June 24.

Five Counties Children’s Centre celebrates the many volunteers supporting their clinical services and fundraising...

National Volunteer Week (April 16-22) recognizes the generosity and commitment of those who freely give their time and talents.
Three-week-old Eva sleeps peacefully, as Five Counties staff member Lauren Richardson carries out an infant hearing screening. The screening is typically done within a few weeks of a baby being born. It helps to identify potential hearing issues early on, ensuring newborns and babies can get referrals for further assessment and assistance if needed. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Infant hearing checks are a ‘sound investment’ in your child

Five Counties Children's Centre is part of the provincially funded Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program.
Deacon, Talon, Damien, Blake, Alexis, and Carter assumed roles as General Manager, Coach, Assistant Coach, PA Announcer, In-Game Host, and Radio Broadcaster at the Peterborough Petes game on Family Day (February 20, 2023), as part of the Petes' Next-Gen program that lets kids shadow the real people in these roles. The six kids are all clients (or siblings of clients) of Five Counties Children's Centre. Despite Five Counties on track to serve its highest-ever number of clients in a single year, nearly 2,000 area children are waiting for care up to two years. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Five Counties kids and their siblings participate in Peterborough Petes’ Next-Gen program on Family...

While children's treatment centre is on track to support more than 6,000 families this year, almost 2,000 children are still waiting for care.
Five Counties Children's Centre recreation therapist Colleen Ristok (right) assists a client during a recent robotic Lego building event. The session gave participants a hands-on opportunity to build with various materials, including marshmallows and later robotic Lego. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Good sports: the power of recreation to heal is real

Five Counties Children's Centre therapeutic recreation service helps children with special needs get in the game.
Five Counties Children's Centre Resource Consultant Liz Martella is part of the agency's Investing in Quality (IIQ) initiative. Along with supporting children and families in child-care settings, IIQ staff also provide resources, supports, and mentorship opportunities for early childhood educators in the Peterborough area. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

‘We need to open our eyes to the important work of registered early childhood...

Five Counties Children's Centre program manager Shannon Cattoni explains how investing in quality child care pays for itself.

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