The Today 'N' Tomorrow Learning Society (TNTLS) has newly elected directors.
Joining the board this year are Cindy Tack and Jenny Deters, who were among the original group of young parents 18 years ago.
“We owe a lot to the program and it’s staff for the support they gave us when we had nowhere else to turn,” says Tack. “We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to graduate and go on to have careers with successful children.”
Tack and Deters met as young parents in this program and are still close to this day.
“To have the opportunity to give back to an organization that helped us have hope for the future as teen parents, is an honour,” says Deters. “Statistically speaking, I should be struggling to make ends meet working a minimum-wage job. Instead, I have an amazing career and a son who has just received a four-year scholarship to McGill University.”
Teddies ‘N’ Toddlers Childcare Centre, on Vanier secondary School property, opened Sept. 13, 1993 to the first group of 15 young parents.
The program was created in response to an increased need for teen parents in the Comox Valley who were struggling to try to complete their high school education while caring for their babies.
TNTLS was formed in November 2003 to administer the Today 'N' Tomorrow Young Parent Program as well as Teddies 'N' Toddlers Childcare Centre (Licensed daycare ages 0-3) and later the Little Friends Program (Licensed daycare ages 3-5).
Priority spaces are available to young parents in the program, then offered to community families. It is one of the only daycares that can offer continuous care for children ages 0-5 within the same proximity.
The Today 'N' Tomorrow Learning Society is kicking off the year with a logo contest to help increase awareness of the organization. They are asking anyone who would like to participate to e-mail their logo design to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Rattan Plus on Fifth Street in Courtenay. The deadline is Dec. 1.
For more information on the Today 'N' Tomorrow Learning Society or its programs, visit www.tntls.com
— Today 'N' Tomorrow Learning Society