interactive learning programs
A variety of learning programs for parents/caregivers and young children to enjoy together. These programs are typically drop-in but also have special services and workshops for children and families to learn, play and grow.
Ontario Early Years Centres
The Ontario Early Years Centre provides free programs and services to parents and caregivers with children newborn to six years old. A friendly, comfortable, and responsive place - drop-in anytime, open year round, weeknights and weekends. Everyone welcome!
It is a place for children to:
- Play and learn with their parents / caregivers
- Explore and experience activities to stimulate brain development
- Interact and play with other children
It is a place for Parents / Grandparents / Caregivers to:
- Participate in activities with the children in your care and enjoy play-based early learning together
- Attend workshops and learn parenting tips
- Receive answers to questions about child development and parenting
- Obtain support and guidance related to concerns
- Meet other parents and caregivers
- Borrow resources from the Resource Room/Library
- Learn about other early years services
Family Resource Programs
Family resource programs are warm, welcoming environments where parents and home child care providers, together with their children, can drop by and join in interactive activities that are carefully planned by trained staff members. These open-concept, flexible, family-oriented centres provide support and education through a wide variety of activities, programs, and services such as:
- Interactive drop-in playgroups
- Toy lending libraries
- Educationial workshops
- Support to home child care providers
- Resource lending libraries
- Referral services
Parenting & Family Literacy Centres
Parenting and Family Literacy Centres help prepare children for starting school and encourage families to be a part of their children's learning. No pre-registration required - drop in any time!
Centre staff (Early Childhood Educators) work closely with kindergarten teachers to ensure a positive and welcoming play-based learning environment that will help prepare children from babies up to six years of age for school. The centres provide a healthy snack daily and coffee for the adults. Free to attend.
Libraries offer various programs to encourage positive interactions between children and their families while developing early literacy skills and fostering a love of reading.