Family Support Programs

Family support and community connections

YMCA Family Support programs bring parents, children, caregivers and entire families together through drop-in and registered programs. Early Learning experts support the delivery of formal and informal services that help families communicate better with each other and make connections within their community.

Our commitment to children and families.

  • Clean, safe, and child friendly environments
  • Programs and services offer choice, experience, and discovery
  • Designed to support the healthy development of children
  • Caring, respectful, and qualified staff and volunteers
  • Involved, consulted, and informed parents and partners
  • YMCA values are demonstrated through inclusiveness, diversity, interdependence, and respect for self, others, and the environment

Programs geared towards building healthy families.

  • To learn more about the program or to find out how volunteer, call 905-619-4565 ext. 305 or 318
  • Durham Supervised Access services are available to help separated or divorced families deal with problems that can arise during children's visits or exchanges with the non-custodial parents
  • Visits or exchanges take place in a child-focused setting with trained staff and volunteers who are sensitive to the needs of the child and the family
  • Federally funded by Public Health Agency of Canada (Childhood and Adolescent Branch).
  • The program is available for children at risk of not meeting their optimum potential. Risk factors are based on the social determents of health and include:
    • Mental health
    • Substance abuse
    • Economic factors
    • Environmental issues
    • Educational levels
    • Teen parents
    • Newcomers to Canada
  • Our program partners with community agencies, organizations and groups to provide programs for parents and/or primary caregivers and their children
  • To learn more about this program call 905-686-6466 or 1-800-214-7163
  • For more information or to start a program at your school call 905-943-9622 or 1-866-317-6251 or email
  • Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and delivered in partnership with the Peel District and Dufferin Peel Catholic School Boards
  • Located in over 225 schools
  • Program focuses on healthy eating and nutrition
  • Program provides children with nutritious meals and/or snacks at school to help children learn and focus in the classroom
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