Family Support Programs

Covid-19 Update

YMCA Child Care programs have begun re-opening. To learn more about programs available, registration and safety measures, visit: theystepsup.ymcagta.org.
An email was sent to all families registered in YMCA child care with instructions for expressing interest in returning to care on July 6, 2020. If you did not receive this important message, please email us immediately at: csac@ymcagta.org.

Providing Families with 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

  • Provide clean, safe, and child-friendly environments 
  • Support the healthy development of children and families
  • Programs and services that offer choice, experience, and discovery
  • Caring, respectful, and qualified staff and volunteers
  • Involved, consulted, and informed parents and partners
  • YMCA values demonstrated through inclusiveness, diversity, interdependence, and respect for self, others, and the environment

About Our EarlyON Programs

Find an EarlyON Child & Family Development Location Near You:

What is EarlyON? (For Families with Children Ages 0-6)

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.


EarlyON Event Calendars

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
Online Calendar
Bowmanville EarlyON Dr. Ross Tilley Public School
45 West Side Drive
Online Calendar
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

Online Calendar
Newcastle EarlyON Newcastle Community Hall
20 King Avenue West
Online Calendar
North Oshawa EarlyON Sir Albert Love Catholic School
425 Wilson Road North
Online Calendar
Pickering EarlyON Vaughan Willard Public School
1911 Dixie Road North
Online Calendar
Port Perry EarlyON R.H. Cornish Public School
494 Queen Street
Online Calendar
Richmond Hill EarlyON EarlyON Centre - Richmond Hill
10610 Bayview Avenue
February 2020 (PDF)
March 2020 (PDF)
Richmond Hill, Markham & Stouffville EarlyON: Mobile programs Multiple Locations
(Please refer to calendar)
February 2020 (PDF)
March 2020 (PDF)
Uxbridge EarlyON

Uxbridge Public School
64 Victoria Drive

Joseph Gould Public School
144 Planks Lane

Online Calendar
Whitby EarlyON

Whitby St. Matthew YMCA Child Care Centre
60 Willowbrook Drive

Online Calendar

About Our PlayON Programs (For Children Ages 6-14)

What is PlayON? 

Designed for children between the ages of 6 to 14, PlayON is a children's program that focuses on physical activity, healthy eating, nutrition, wellness and personal health education. Delivered in partnership with school boards across the GTA, PlayON is funded by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport and operates 3-5 afternoons per week between September and June.

Peel Student Nutrition Program (For Students Ages 4-18)

What is the Peel Student Nutrition Program?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto Peel Student Nutrition Program works to ensure that students who attend school in Peel Region are well-nourished and ready to learn every day. Funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and administered regionally by the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo, Peel Student Nutrition Programs are designed to set students up for an enhanced learning experience, promoting an environment that fosters healthy social interactions between students, volunteers and school staff. To date, there are 215+ Peel Student Nutrition Programs that are in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Toronto. The majority of these programs serve a nutritious breakfast meal, with many locations running healthy snack and lunch programs as well. 

What's the Correlation between Student Nutrition and Student Success?

Research has shown that the consumption of a healthy & nutritious breakfast plays an important role in a student's success. In fact, statistics show that:

  • Students who eat breakfast every morning see an improvement in memory and focus which is reflected in their grades (improvements of up to 15%)
  • Students who eat breakfast are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  • Breakfast programs have been proven to increase a student's ability to problem solve by up to 14%

How to Get Involved

If your local business is interested in contributing to our Peel Student Nutrition Program, please consider contributing one (or more) of the following: funds, food, supplies, or your time (volunteer with our program)

To get involved, please email us at peelstudentnutrition@ymcagta.org or give us a call at (905) 943-9622 ext. 335

We are incredibly grateful for the continued commitment and support that our communities have shown the students in Peel Region. These programs could not continue without the hard work of our dedicated and passionate volunteers including parents, administrators, teaching staff, and community volunteers managed by schools throughout the Region of Peel. 

Durham Region Support Programs

Family and Community Action Program of Durham Region (0 - 6 Years)

Federally funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (Childhood and Adolescent Branch), this program available for children at risk of not meeting their optimum potential. Risk factors are based on the social determents of health and include:

  • 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, please call 905-686-6466 or 1-800-214-7163

Durham Supervised Access Program

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 non-custodial parents. These visits or exchanges take place in a child-focused setting with our trained staff and volunteers who are sensitive to the needs of the child and the family.

To learn more about our Durham Supervised Access Program or to find out how to volunteer, please call 905-619-4565 ext. 305 or 318

Looking for Licensed Child Care? Learn more about our Early Learning Programs and Before & After School Programs at the Y, or get in touch with a YMCA Child Care Location near you today to inquire about availability.