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Partnering for Change

​​​An innovative partnership among Central West CCAC, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC and education partners in the Central West and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) regions is making a positive difference for children and their families and teachers. Through an initiative called 'Partnering for Change', we are bringing Occupational Therapists right into the classroom to work alongside teachers to identify and support children with developmental needs.

It is also gratifying when such great work is recognized. In February, the Central West CCAC was featured in a story on CTV News Toronto, showcasing how P4C is helping so many children. Traditionally, children who are referred for occupational therapy (OT) may have to wait years for services that are ultimately ineffective because the assistance comes too late and is not provided in the right place – at home or in school. And access to existing school health support services varies greatly across Ontario. With the help of the P4C model, we are able to provide OT support more effectively and screen thousands of children for special needs sooner than under the current referral syste

Early intervention and capacity building programs like P4C provide tremendous benefit to the community. In the last two years, P4C has supported more than 17,000 children in over 700 classrooms and eliminated wait lists for service – at no additional cost – in the Central West and the HNHB Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN). Michelle Kristof is one of the thousands of parents, whose children, Bobby and Claudia, receive support through the program. She spoke with CTV Toronto about how P4C has provided her children with timely care – support that otherwise would have taken another two years.

Hearing first-hand from parents like Michelle about their positive experiences with the program further validates that the P4C model is working. P4C has already been adopted in more than 60 schools and others are expressing interest. To view the CTV news piece, click here.