History of the CYPT

The Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region has evolved over time as the needs of our community have changed.  

Highlights through the years can be found below.

  • In 2005, the group focused primarily on providing guidance to the Region of Waterloo’s Children’s Services and Public Health. The name of the group at that time was the Region of Waterloo Children and Parents Services Committee (ROWCAPS).
  • The mandate of ROWCAPS expanded to a broader community focus involving all service providers for children prenatal to six years of age.
  • The Children’s Planning Table (CPT) is established.
    • Vision:  All Children in Waterloo Region live in a community that supports their developmental health through a system of coordinated effective services.
  • Membership shifted to an open membership structure. Any service provider working with children, pre-birth to 12 years of age were welcomed to join.​
  • Meetings emphasized working collectively to plan for and create a system of more effective and coordinated services.​
  • In recognition of the complex issues they were address, a Collective Impact framework was adopted.
  • It was agreed that the CPT would be Co-Chaired by the director of Children’s Services at the Region of Waterloo and a community Co-Chair.
  • Areas of focus for the collaborative included service and access.
  • The CPT developed a shared understanding of system integration.
  • The CPT began hosting large, full membership meetings.
  • Two working groups added to the energy and engagement to determine priorities through a collective decision-making process. This process began a cultural shift with significant benefits, including more broad and diverse involvement of participants, greater transparency, and greater trust in each other and the process.
  • Child and Youth Well-being Dashboard launched which included 4 indicators: Health, Learning, Relationships and Fundamental needs.
  • Shared Philosophy Working Group and Navigation Action Team was started​
  •  The Virtual Action Team was formed.
  • CYPT Voting Members were asked to participate in a formal vote to increase the mandate of the Children and Youth Planning Table to age 18. Voting Members overwhelmingly approved increasing the age mandate up to 18-recognizing that some youth will be part of the youth-serving system beyond age 18.
  • Shared Philosophy Implementation Team recommended the adoption of the Shared Philosophy of Practice.
  • Work on the Shared Goals was started.
  • A conscious link to Wellbeing Waterloo Region was identified.
  • Mapping Moving Trains
  • The CPT was rebranded as the Children and Youth Planning Table (CYPT).
  • The membership established 6 Shared Goals of Child and Youth Well-being.
  • Shared Philosophy of Practice was renamed the Shared Foundation of Practice.
  • The CYPT connected with UNICEF Canada One Youth.
  • Family Compass was launched.
  • The Collective Impact Working Group launched
  • Less Telling, More Asking, a resource on Youth Engagement was published by the CYPT
  • Voting Members mapped out what Belonging means for the CYPT and includes three key pillars. Equity, Attachment and Relationships and Children and Youth Feeling Valued, Heard, and Included.
  • The Pilot phase of the Youth Impact Survey launched.
  • Brain Story work started
  • Pandemic Working Group formed
  • Family Compass added a new section: COVID-19 Resources for Children, Youth and Families.
  • The CYPT Celebrated 10 years as a collaborative.
  • The Youth Impact Survey launched in 4 communities across Canada, including Waterloo Region.​
  • Building a Case for Belonging: Insights from the Children and Youth Planning Table was published by the CYPT​
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