In 1992 a representative of the Lester B Pearson Centre approached Community Child Care staff regarding supportive programming for adolescent parents for Wallaceburg.
A sub committee was formed to discuss options and developed a proposal that was submitted to the Ministry of Community and Social Services (now MCYS) applying for “JobsOntario” funding to begin a Supervised Home Child Care Agency for Adolescent parents.
The purpose of this program was to provide teen parents subsidized childcare for their infants on the condition that they remain in school to complete their high school education. A special support group was formed to provide these young mothers with life-skills and parenting education and support.
At the same time, the group applied for Incorporation Status for the “Wallaceburg Adolescent Parent Program” and developed a Board of Directors. The program became functional in 1994. Management of the program was under Community Child Care.
In keeping with government initiatives at the time, private sector childcare centres were being urged to convert to non-profit programs. A privately-owned local centre, Country Playmates approached the Board of Directors of Wallaceburg Adolescent Parent Program, to absorb this program under its leadership.
In Spring of 1995, MCSS provided conversion funding as well as capital funding for the program to expand and move to a refurbished centre at 61 McNaughton Ave. The Incorporated name changed to Wallaceburg & Area Parent & Preschool Program. The Centre was provided funding for the existing Supervised Home Child Care Program, a full-service licensed Child Care Centre, and a new Resource Drop in Program. At this time, the Centre became known as “The Family Centre”.