EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Waterloo Region are one stop neighbourhood hubs for resources and information near you!
In 2016, the Ministry of Education announced its plan for transforming Ministry funded child and family programs across Ontario to integrate under one umbrella, which we now refer to as EarlyON. The goal of EarlyON is to enhance the quality and consistency of child and family programs across Ontario.
In January 2018, the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo were selected as Lead Agency of EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Waterloo Region. The YMCA is committed to working collaboratively with community partners to provide welcoming, high quality play-based learning experiences for children, parents and caring adults across our community.
The EarlyON Experience
EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free, drop-in programs for children, their parents and caring adults. EarlyON Centres are places to engage and connect with others in the community and feel a sense of belonging.
When you arrive, you will be welcomed by qualified early years professionals who provide support, advice, and helpful resources. The friendly environment fosters positive learning where children, parents and caring adults can learn, play, laugh, be curious, make friends and engage with others.
“When I become a mother, everything was new. It’s like nothing I had ever done before. When I first found Early Years it was just what I needed. As soon as I walked through the door I felt valued. My children and I were greeted in a way that made us feel welcomed and at home. When we visit we spend time together in ways that are different from when we are at home. We get to play with other families. We make connections to lots of different people and laugh; sometimes it’s just what I need to melt the stresses of the day away. This centre has helped me in my parenting journey too – I believe it is the key to success as a parent and to the success of my children. “
~ EarlyON Parent