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Community Needs Assessment Summary Report

Community perspectives on parenting in the early years: a community needs assessment summary report

The Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Project launched in January 2018, in response to York Region Public Health’s growing need to learn more about the parenting experience and the partnerships that support York Region families. To achieve this, the project team set out to speak to parents and caregivers of children 0-17 years, including grandparents, single parents, mothers, fathers, and those planning for families in York Region. In the second phase of the project, the team reached out to community partners to learn more about the existing relationships and to vision together opportunities for future collaborations.

Through the CNA engagement, we heard an array of joyful stories, personal struggles, successful outcomes and hard-to-face truths. We also learned about the desire for more support, better connections and long-term engagement with York Region Public Health.

What we found can be grouped into four major themes:

  1. The Increasing Needs of York Region Residents
  2. Communication & Community Awareness
  3. Access to Supports & Health Services
  4. Partnerships & Collaboration

The following report will provide an overview of the data we collected, as well as explore the above mentioned themes in more detail.

Community Needs Assessment Summary Report

Highlights from the Survey

For any questions regarding the project or report, please email



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