Profile of Our Children, Our Future

Brighter Futures was created in 1995 to meet a growing need in our community for programs and services for families with young children. The first centers were opened in Sudbury, Espanola and Valley East. Over the years, Brighter Futures introduced a number of programs, such as Creating Healthy Babies and the Infant Food Cupboard that continue to meet the needs of our members to this day. In 1998, the organization changed its name to Our Children, Our Future and became an incorporated registered charity. In 2004, we introduced Day care services and today we currently operate Child Care Centers in the Districts of Sudbury/Manitoulin. In 2009, our programs expanded yet again as we became a member of the Best Start Network. We currently operate 4 Best Start Hubs with 11 outreach sites in Sudbury South, Sudbury East, Espanola/Massey and Hanmer/Capreol areas. Our agency is a part of a system where all partners work to promote healthy childhood development through a responsive, flexible, comprehensive and seamless system.

Today Our Children, Our Future remains committed to securing a better future for Children and their families in our communities through positive learning, socialization, parent education, nutrition and food programs. Families have knowledge and access to services, regardless of income, age, race or ability. Services are seamless, welcoming, conveniently located and responsive to each family as needed. There is wisdom in preventive measures; therefore we must invest energy and resources in our children, families and communities today.

We offer many programs to parents and children that foster a supportive and welcoming environment. The programs for families give all members a chance to strengthen their relationships with each other and within the community. In a welcoming and fair environment, families receive tools and support to nurture healthy relationships.

Many of our programs seek to alleviate some of the stress that food insecurity places on families. The “Food Security” programs give members short-term support in emergency situations while offering programs that help to address food insecurity issues in the long-term. Supplies of milk, diapers, infant formula, clothing and transportation are a few of the supports provided to families when required.

History at a Glance:

2017

  • Parent/Guardian Survey for Daycare
  • Parent/Guardian Survey for Programs/Hubs
  • Staff Satisfaction Survey

2016

  • Grand opening of Splash Pad in Alban – partnership with FRAPA and the Municipality of French River and Trillium
  • Re-branded our fundraising and Launched “Healthy Food for Kids”
  • Created a short video for Healthy Food for Kids

2015

  • Board of Directors launch three year Strategic Plan

2014

  • Launch South Central Hub in MacLeod Public School
  • Launch Adamsdale Resource Program in Adamsdale Public School
  • Board of Directors approved their Governance Policies
  • Developed Partnership with Conseil Scolaire Catholic du Nouvel Ontario to offer Franc Depart

2013

  • Opened C.R.Judd in Capreol
  • Board of Directors approved their Financial Policies

2012

  • Developed an internal I.T. department within the Organization
  • Developed Partnership with Conseil Scolaire Catholic du Nouvel Ontario to offer Option +

2011

  • Opened St. Paul Daycare in Lively

2010

  • Board of Directors develop a Five year Strategic Plan

2009

  • Best Start Program set up in Sudbury East
  • Best Start Hub Program set up in Espanola

2005

  • Best Start Hub Program set up in Hanmer & Capreol

2004

  • Established Daycare Programs at various French and English school sites

2000

  • Expand the Infant Food Bank Program to Sudbury East and Espanola
  • Launch of the Children’s First Initiatives programs
  • Launch of the Champion for Children’s Community Luncheon awards event

1999

  • OCOF obtains its charitable Organization Status
  • OCOF Board of Directors adopts its Governance policies and By-laws
  • Launch of the Infant Food Bank Program

1998

  • Organization undergoes a Name Change to Our Children, Our Future
  • OCOF receives its Incorporation status
  • Launch of Good Food Program in Sudbury East and Valley East
  • Launch of Creating Healthy Babies program in Espanola
  • Launch of FAS/FAE Network (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol effect)

1997

  • Launch of the Sudbury East and Massey Resource Program
  • Creating Healthy Babies program in Sudbury
  • Launch of the Community Food Advisors Program

1996

  • Launch of the Creating Healthy Babies program in Valley East
  • Launch of the Collective Kitchen Program

1995

  • Launch of the Espanola Family Resource Program
  • Launch of the Valley East Family Resource Program
  • Launch of the Family Resource Program for the District of Sudbury
  • Launch of the Toy Lending Libraries in Espanola and Valley East