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

EarlyON Child and Family (0-6 years)

NOTE: Beginning January 2018, the Ontario Early Years program has been rebranded as the EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

Find an EarlyON location near you


Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, EarlyON Child and Family Centres are safe and inclusive environments where children (ages 0 – 6 ) can participate with their parent/caregiver in play-based programs and activities promoting healthy child development. At EarlyON centres, you’ll also find programs and workshops that allow you to connect with your community, obtain advice from qualified professionals regarding subjects relating to child-rearing, and learn about local family services and resources.

These free programs are available on a drop-in or registered basis, and operate onsite at EarlyON centres as well as nearby community locations. See event calendars for further details about programming and locations.

Note: Programs operate onsite at EarlyON centres as well as nearby locations. Check event calendars for more details.

Program Location Calendar
Ajax EarlyON Ajax Community Centre
75 Centennial Road
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Bowmanville EarlyON Dr. Ross Tilley Public School
45 West Side Drive
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Cannington, Sunderland & Beaverton EarlyON

Rick MacLeish Memorial Community Centre (Cannington Arena)
91 Elliot Street

Beaverton Public School
270 King Street

Sunderland Public School
41 Albert Street South

April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Newcastle EarlyON Newcastle Community Hall
20 King Avenue West
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
North Oshawa EarlyON Sir Albert Love Catholic School
425 Wilson Road North
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Oak Ridges EarlyON EarlyON Centre - Oak Ridges
10610 Bayview Avenue
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Oak Ridges EarlyON:
AOK programs
H.G. Bernard Public School
245 Bernard Avenue
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Oak Ridges EarlyON: Mobile programs San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Elementary School
840 Bur Oak Avenue
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Pickering EarlyON Vaughan Willard Public School
1911 Dixie Road North
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Port Perry EarlyON R.H. Cornish Public School
494 Queen Street
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Uxbridge EarlyON

Uxbridge Public School
64 Victoria Drive

Joseph Gould Public School
144 Planks Lane

April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)
Whitby EarlyON St. Marguerite D'Youville Catholic School
250 Michael Blvd
April 2018 (PDF)
May 2018 (PDF)

Play ON (6-14 years)

  • Play ON is a program for children between the ages of 6 to 14
  • Focused on physical activity, healthy eating and nutrition, wellness and personal health education
  • Funded by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport and delivered in partnership with the school boards across the GTA
  • Operates 3 to 5 afternoons per week between September to June
  • To register, please call us at 905-943-9622 or 1-866-317-6251 or email

Peel Student Nutrition Program (4-18 years)

  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto Peel Student Nutrition Program works to ensure students in Peel Region attend school well-nourished and ready to learn
  • Our focus is to set students up for increased learning and promote an environment that fosters healthy social interactions between students, volunteers and school staff
  • There are currently over 215 Peel Student Nutrition Programs that are partnered with the YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • The majority of these programs serve a nutritious breakfast meal, with many locations also running healthy snack and lunch programs
  • Peel Student Nutrition Programs are funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and administered regionally by the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Consuming breakfast has been shown to play an important role in student success
  • Students who eat breakfast every day are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  • Breakfast programs increase a student's ability to problem solve by up to 14%
  • Students who eat breakfast show improved memory and focus, which can improve grades by up to 15%
  • We are grateful for the continued commitment and support our communities have shown for students in Peel Region
  • These programs could not continue without the hard work of many dedicated and passionate volunteers which include parents, administrators, teaching staff, and community volunteers managed by schools throughout the Region of Peel
  • Local businesses can contribute to programs through contributing funds, food, supplies and volunteer time with our programs
  • To learn more about the program and how to get involved, email or call (905) 943-9622 x335

Durham Region Support Programs

  • 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
  • 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
  • To learn more about the program or to find out how to volunteer, call 905-619-4565 ext. 305 or 318

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