COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 UPDATE for April 1:

ALL EarlyON Child and Family Centres and all EarlyON Mobile Delivery locations in Waterloo Region WILL BE CLOSED from Sunday March 15th – *UNDETERMINED DATE*


The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving. This is a new, and unprecedented, reality for all of us, especially those in people-facing service industries.  


As of Sunday, March 15th 2020, the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, as Lead Agency for EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Waterloo Region has made the decision to close all EarlyON Child and Family Centres and all EarlyON Mobile Delivery locations in Waterloo Region. Further updates regarding the re-opening of our centres will be posted here and on our social media pages when they are available.  


Our EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide a broad range of services and programming to diverse sections of our communities – many of whom have been identified at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. As such, we’ve committed to addressing this situation and basing all of our decisions with a people-focused lens. We’re collaborating with public health units and other leaders in our industries to make informed decisions that seek to keep our families, volunteers, community partners and staff healthy and well.  

Your health and wellbeing remain a priority to us. Please know this is a pre-emptive solution, a way for us to work with public health to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We continue to explore ways for us to be here for you – both during these unprecedented times and beyond. 


We look forward to welcoming you back to our EarlyON Child and Family Centres, mobile sites, programs and services when we re-open.


  • ALL EarlyON Child and Family Centres and all EarlyON Mobile Delivery locations in Waterloo Region ARE CLOSED from Sunday March 15th – *undetermined date*.


  • All OUR PLACE programs  will be CANCELLED from Sunday March 15 - *undetermined date*

  • Sites operated by Our Place that are Closed Include: 

    • The Family Centre

    • Centreville Chicopee Community Centre

    • Chandler Mowat Community Centre

    • Heidelberg Community Centre

    • Howard Roberston P.S. 

    • Kingsdale Community Centre

    • Preston Heights Community Centre

    • St. Peter's C.E.S. 

    • Stanley Park Community Centre

    • Victoria Hills Community Centre

    • Williamsburg Community Centre

    • Forest Heights Community Centre

    • Wellesley Community Centre

    • Wilmot Recreation Complex


Health Notices once Programs Resume: 

One of the many beautiful things about young children is that no matter what’s happening in the world around them, they will always play their way through it. We want to make sure that play stays safe.

Please note that Our Place is taking the following precautions in the response to COVID-19:

  • At this time, we will not offer playdough play

  • At this time, we will not offer sensory play such as sand or water

  • Our play kitchens will temporarily be changed into different opportunities for play

  • We ask that you keep travel mugs, water bottles, sippy cups, etc put away inside a purse/backpack/diaper bag and only pull them out as needed

  • Please make sure you put any used infant/toddler toys in our mouthed toys bin (look for a sign or ask staff) as soon as your child is finished playing with them

  • Our materials will be sanitized every day, but please continue to wash your hands with soap regularly while visiting us


Please continue to follow Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services for the most current updates and best practices. Thank you for working with us to keep our spaces as sanitary as possible! 

EarlyON Covid-19 Notice

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