In the community consultations that shaped PCYI, the single most common request from children and youth in Peel was improved access to recreational programs, and opportunities to do something fun and safe in the after school period. Paired with extensive national and local research, there is a strong case to be made for collective action and a comprehensive Recreation and After School Strategy for children and youth in Peel.
PCYI has released a long-term strategy to address recreation in the Region of Peel. The Peel’s Kids Participate report is based on extensive high quality research and outlines 19 recommendations for Peel Region over the next five years, beginning in 2013.
As a living document, the strategy is assessed and modified based on progress, feasibility and feedback from partners who play a critical role in carrying out the recommendations.
- Peel's Kids Participate: A Recreation and After School Strategy 2013-18 Full Report
- Peel's Kids Participate: Summary Strategies for Year one
- Peel's Kids Participate: Update - progress of year one
- Peel's Kids Participate: Update - progress of year two
Evidence illustrates that high quality Recreation and After-school programs can positively impact the health and well-being of children and youth. Quite simply, active kids are healthy kids! This is our commitment, and as our second priority, we will focus on:
- Increasing the number of kids engaged in recreational activities
- Identifying potential new locations for after-school programming
- Understanding and eliminating barriers – If children and youth are not able to access programs, finding out what needs to be done to make a positive change, and increase access
- Reaching out to newcomers and diverse communities to engage them in the process