EarlyON Child and Family Centres
Health and safety update on EarlyON programs in York Region
Effective March 21, 2022, the following health and safety changes outlined by the Province of Ontario will take effect in EarlyON Child and Family Programs in York Region. The use of masks and physical distancing will no longer be required. All individuals entering EarlyON program premises must continue to self-screen before attending the program using the COVID 19 school and child care screening tool. EarlyON programs are encouraged to offer a variety of programs, including indoor, outdoor and virtual, where possible, so that all children and families can continue to access programs where they are most comfortable.
New accessible platform to register for EarlyON programs – now available!
We are pleased to introduce the new online registration platform for EarlyON Child and Family Programs. The benefits of the platform include:
- A one-stop shop for all EarlyON programs across York Region
- One-time process for entering family information
- Easily manage your registrations in one place
- Consistent process for all EarlyON programs across York Region
- Simple check-in and check-out process from your own device
- Access to all EarlyON program calendars in York Region
To view the available programs across York Region, you will need to create an account on the Children's Services Portal.
After the account is created, you can view available programs and register to attend any EarlyON program in York Region. The EarlyON program calendar is updated every third Friday of the month for new pre-registration, drop-in and virtual programs.
EarlyON Child and Family Programs
EarlyON Child and Family Centres (EarlyON centres) offer free support services and programs to parents, caregivers, and their children from birth to six years old in Ontario.
EarlyON programs are delivered through permanent centres and mobile sites (such as local libraries, community centres and parks, schools) and are operated by four agencies.
EarlyON programs are high-quality, inclusive, welcoming places where qualified Early Childhood Professionals help families and caregivers:
- Make personal connections and access a network of resources
- Find supports
- Get advice
- Attend drop-in programs, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and many more activities
Families and caregivers may attend any EarlyON program across York Region.
York Region is expanding and enhancing local EarlyON programs to areas of demand to ensure services are high-quality, inclusive, accessible, responsive and welcoming for all children and their families. As we monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we will continue to offer virtual programming and resources.
If you would like more information about EarlyON programs in York Region or have any questions or comments, please send an email to @email
EarlyON Program Calendars and Locations
All nine cities and towns in York Region have EarlyON programs that you and your child can enjoy. There are more than 70 EarlyON programs locations across York Region consisting of 10 centres and more than 60 mobile sites. Search for child care centres and family drop-in programs in York Region using our Early Years Program Finder tool.
To view all available and upcoming EarlyON programs in York Region, please click on the EarlyON calendar. The EarlyON program calendar is updated every third Friday of the month for new pre-registration, drop-in and virtual programs.
To learn more about EarlyON programs in your area, please visit the website listed below your local municipality.
Town of Aurora
Town of East Gwillimbury
For information about mobile sites in East Gwillimbury, contact the Newmarket Centre.
Town of Georgina
Township of King
City of Markham
More mobile sites
Town of Newmarket
City of Richmond Hill
City of Vaughan
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
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Our EarlyON French program is closed. For virtual programming and resources in French, please visit the below Toronto locations as we determine next steps.
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As the Service System Manager, York Region is responsible for the oversight and accountability of EarlyON centres in York Region. It is important that EarlyON centres provide quality programs and services that meet the unique needs of our communities while ensuring that they are delivered in an efficient manner.
In 2018, the Region gathered valuable feedback through community engagement sessions to help inform ongoing planning and development of EarlyON centres. To learn more about what we heard and next steps for EarlyON centres in York Region, read the Community Engagement Summary Report.
The EarlyON Journey
York Region has taken a phased approach to integrate provincially-funded child and family programs.
- Province announced:
- The transformation of child and family programs funded by the Ministry of Education to Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres
- York Region is responsible for the management of newly-created Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres
- York Region launched local needs assessment and working groups to develop a made-in-York Region plan
- York Regional Council was updated on the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre Provincial Initiative
- Province of Ontario released Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework
- The Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement was announced
- York Region sought input from parents/caregivers and community partners on the creation of the centres
- York Region submitted Transforming Early Years Programs and Services initial plan to the Ministry of Education (September 2017)
- Province of Ontario renamed Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres to EarlyON Child and Family Centres (October 2017)
- York Regional Council approved financial oversight for EarlyON centres (November 2017)
- Transition year
- Starting in January 2018, Ontario Early Years Centres became EarlyON Child and Family Centres
- York Region became responsible for the management of EarlyON centres and programs in York Region on January 1, 2018. This initiative is part of the Ministry of Education’s journey towards evolving and integrating early years programs and services in Ontario.
- York Region sought input from parents/caregivers and community partners on the creation of the centres
- York Region submitted a progress update report to the Ministry of Education (August 2018)
- York Region expanded EarlyON centres locations and hours of operation to meet the needs of our communities
- York Region published its Community Engagement Summary Report
- All EarlyON centres meet the core program requirements
- Ongoing operations and expansion
- To help create consistency in early years programs, many All Our Kids (AOK) Early Child Development and Parenting Programs transitioned to EarlyON programs
- Opening of York Region’s first francophone EarlyON centre in the City of Markham
- Development of customized community connections
- Creation of a quality assurance framework
- Engagement consultations with EarlyON partner agencies to start the development of a Quality Assurance Framework
- Service delivery transition – offering a variety of indoor, outdoor and virtual programming
The Regional Municipality of York acknowledges the contributions made by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
EarlyON Service Delivery Review Parent and Caregiver Survey - 2021 Findings Report
From July 14 to August 22, 2021, York Region conducted an EarlyON Service Delivery Review Parent and Caregiver Survey to learn more about the diverse needs of families with young children and inform the planning of EarlyON programs in York Region during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings in the 2021 report will ensure programs and services are responsive to the needs of local communities and promote the inclusion of all families.
A Profile of Children in York Region
A Profile of Children in York Region includes information on children from birth to age 12 and their families, and shows how our communities are changing by looking at population, languages spoken, income and program data.
Early Development Instrument
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) assesses early learning and developmental health of a community’s young children. It reflects developmental outcomes and milestones achieved during the first five years of life in the context of early childhood experiences. The results are analysed for 64 neighbourhoods in York Region, as well as at the regional level in this 2018 report.
Early Years Community Profiles
The Early Years Community Profiles tool is a resource designed to support program, service and policy planning for young children and their families at the neighbourhood level in York Region.
Quality Assurance Framework
York Region is in the process of developing a quality assurance framework that will guide the day-to-day delivery of EarlyON programs and services to ensure they are responsive and reflective of the communities they serve. This framework will provide the foundation for consistent program quality throughout the Region. It will be used to guide EarlyON Child and Family programs in demonstrating accountability and commitment to continually improve outcomes for children and families, while ensuring mandatory core services are met
Training and Supports for Early Learning and Child Care Professionals
Professionals working in EarlyON Child and Family programs can participate in various capacity building and training opportunities offered by York Region to support ongoing professional development and training. This includes specific training for professionals working in EarlyON Child and Family programs and training offered to all early learning and child care professionals across York Region.
To learn more about these opportunities and to register, please visit the Early Learning and Child Care Professional Development registration page.
- Business Change - Request Form - A
- Business Change - Request Form - B
- COVID-19 Guidance for EarlyON Child and Family Indoor Programs
- COVID-19 Guidance for EarlyON Child and Family Outdoor Programs
- EarlyON Collaborative Committee Program Offering/Capacity Building (System-Wide) Request
- EarlyON Collaborative Committee Terms of Reference
- EarlyON Dressing for Winter Infographic
- EarlyON OCCMS Program Registrations User Guide
- Funding Guideline
- RECE Grand-Parenting Exemption Request Form
- RECE Temporary Exemption Form
- Serious Incident Reporting Form
Resources and Supports for families
Resources and activities for Family Literacy Day on January 27
Family Literacy Day takes place every January to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related experiences as a family. This year’s theme is “Celebrate your Heritage,” to help build strong literacy skills for both adults and children, and strengthen family bonds. Read about some of the benefits of learning about your heritage together as family.
Free Family Literacy Day resources and activities are available at the ABC Life Literacy Canada website for families to download and share.
Free York Region EarlyON Family Literacy Day celebration
York Region EarlyON Child and Family Programs is hosting a special virtual Family Literacy Day Celebration! This will be an opportunity for families to engage in interactive songs, rhymes, stories and games to expand your child’s learning and find new ideas to explore at home.
This event will feature Canadian author and illustrator Barbara Reid. From her studio, Barbara will share some of her books and talk about where the ideas come from, and present a slide show illustrating the process of creating her new book This will be followed by a Q&A with Barbara.
This free virtual celebration is for parent and caregivers with children from birth to six years old. The event takes place virtually on Friday, January 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. over Zoom. Click here to pre-register; once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to join the virtual session.
To register for free Family Literacy Day activities and programs at your local EarlyON agency, visit the EarlyON calendar.
Free virtual programs for parents
EarlyON agencies will be offering free Fear-Less Triple P parenting programs to help anxious children and their parents, beginning in May 2021, to families with children ages two to six. These programs will introduce parents and caregivers to key strategies that help children manage anxiety. Parents will learn how anxiety works and ways to help their child develop coping skills to successfully manage anxious behaviours.
Fear-Less Triple P will be offered virtually to parents as a series of small group or individual parenting sessions.
Visit your local EarlyON agency’s website to register.
Telephone support for families
Thanks to a new collaboration between York Region Early Intervention Services and EarlyON agencies, parents can now speak with an early years professional over the phone about suggestions and strategies to help them with things like:
- Creating daily routines
- Promoting positive interactions
- Learning behaviour guidance tips
- Supporting growth and development
- Other resources to support families with young children
If interested, please send an email to @email
Resources for families
New digital service for wellness during pregnancy and early parenthood
- College of Early Childhood Educators: Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
- Early Years Check-In Tool
- Early Referral Identification Kit
- Ministry of Education: Information on Child Care and the Early Years
- The transformation of child and family programs funded by the Ministry of Education to Ontario EarlyON Child and Family Centres