EarlyON Child and Family Centres

Come and explore, play and learn with us

At the EarlyOn Child and Family Centre,
we provide a responsive, educational play environment
to enable children to reach their full potential and support families.

Everyone welcome No fees for programs Variety of locations

LEARN

EarlyON Child and Family Centres engage parents and caregivers in drop-in programs, as well as parenting sessions and workshops, to grow their parenting knowledge and skills. Parents and caregivers can also seek advice on their child’s growth and development from staff who have extensive early child development experience.

Staff participate in ongoing professional development, growing their knowledge and skills to continuously improve the support they can offer to children and families.

GROW

EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free drop-in programs that provide children aged 0-6 with opportunities to learn through exploration, play and inquiry.

Qualified staff are always on site to interact with children, lead programs, and ensure that there are a variety of activities that focus on all areas of child development.

CONNECT

EarlyON Child and Family Centres make connections for children and families. At the Centres, children have the opportunity to connect with peers and build important foundational social skills. Parents and caregivers also have the opportunity to connect with others who have children of a similar age.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres partner with many community agencies. If families have questions about their child’s development, EarlyON staff can help. The Centres use the “no wrong door” approach. This means that if a family is looking for a service that is not offered at the Centre, EarlyON staff will help connect them to the right place.

FAQs

What are EarlyON Child and Family Centres?

EarlyON Child and Family Centres throughout the Niagara region provide free programs and services for children aged 0-6 and their parents / caregivers. They are made up of three former programs which have all come under one umbrella; now known as EarlyON Child and Family Centres.

What is the vision for EarlyON Child and Family Centres?

Ontario. In Niagara, we are working towards ensuring that EarlyON programs:

Support early learning and development by offering drop-in programs and other programs
to encourage children’s learning through play, and to build positive child-adult
relationships.

Engage parents and caregivers through information sharing about child development, parenting, play and inquiry-based learning, Offer pre and post-natal support, Reach out to families not currently accessing programs.Make connections for families by responding to parent/caregiver concerns about child development, offering screening, and making referrals to regulated health professionals or other specialized community services, share other service information.

What can I expect when I go to an EarlyON Child and Family Centre?

Welcoming & Inclusive
At EarlyON Child and Family Centres across Niagara, you can expect a welcoming environment which supports long-term growth and development. Programs and services are accessible and responsive to children, parents and caregivers from all cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds, as well as to those with varying abilities and sexual orientations.

High Quality & Integrated
Programs and services are designed to foster positive outcomes and support nurturing relationships for children, parents and caregivers based on the latest evidence and research. They are developed and delivered collaboratively with participants and service providers.

Child & Family Centred, Community-Led
Programs and services are designed to meet the needs of parents, caregivers and young children, to support their developmental health and well-being.

What hours are the EarlyON Child sites open?

The Centres are open Monday to Saturday year round. Refer to Locations for specific hours.

Is there a fee to attend?

The program is free for all who attend.

Do I have to stay with my child at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre?

Yes, every child who attends needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Do I need to register?

Registration is required. You will need to sign in each time you visit.

Do I need to bring snacks?

You may wish to bring a snack for your child. All Centres are nut free.

How oftern can I come to the Centre?

You are welcome to come as often as you like. You may arrive at any time during our hours of operation and stay as long as you like.

Locations

MAIN OFFICE

Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School
2999 Dorchester Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Satellite Locations

Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School
8450 Oliver Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Tuesday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School
4653 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Monday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
MacBain Community Centre
7150 Montrose Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Monday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary School
6032 Churchill Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Wednesday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
St. Michael Catholic Elementary School
387 Line 3 Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
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Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cardinal Newman Elementary School
5580 Cardinal Newman Way
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
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Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contacts

Donna Dalgleish, Coordinator
Early ON Child and Family Centres

Niagara Catholic District School Board
2999 Dorchester Rd. Niagara Falls, L2J 2Z9
905-357-2398
EarlyON@ncdsb.com

Additional Resources

Ontario Ministry of Education
Niagara Region Children Services