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

Ontario Early Years (0-6 years)

  • Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Offers parents, caregivers and children the opportunity to participate together in programs and activities that promote healthy child development
  • Provides parents and caregivers opportunities to interact with Early Learning experts from community
  • Programs are available on a drop-in or registered basis

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
  • Local businesses can contribute to programs through contributing funds, food, supplies and volunteer time with our programs
  • To learn more about the program or to find out how to volunteer or contribute, 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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