About our Child & Family Services

We offer a variety of programs including:

  • Learning programs for children ages 0-6, including the Early Years Drop-In
  • Homework Club for children ages 7-12
  • School Readiness Program
  • Programs for mothers and children
  • “Me and My Dad”, a group that lets fathers spend special time with children ages 0-6
  • Support and services for families with children who have special needs

Please contact us at:

Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) | 45 Overlea Blvd., Unit 108A | 416-421-8997 | *Please call to find out about satellite locations*


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Breastfeeding Support Group

For pregnant and breastfeeding women. We offer breastfeeding support and information in facilitated group discussions.

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Drop-In (0-6 years)

Parents, caregivers and children meet and play in an early learning environment. The program includes arts and crafts, sensory play, dramatic play, songs and story time.

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For Children With Special Needs

Early intervention is crucial for children with special needs. We offer 2 free programs for children aged 0-6 years.

Growing Together is a small playgroup for children who are experiencing delays in their development. Children will learn appropriate social behaviour in a stimulating environment. During Circle Time, they will be introduced to music and creative arts. Facilitated by a Special Needs Resource Teacher, a major focus is to develop the fine motor skills needed to encourage writing. Informal screenings, resources and referrals are provided as needed. Parents meet other parents and share techniques to use at home. The program is 8 weeks long.

Over the Rainbow is a creative play group for children using music, art, drama and story-telling to explore feelings and behaviours. Sessions are facilitated by an accredited Play Therapist. Parents discuss topics in a supportive group environment and with staff. The program consists of 8 weekly sessions.

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Homework Club

This is a registered program that is free for children 7-12 years old, living in Thorncliffe Park. It runs only during the school year (September to June). Our program progresses with the joint partnership of the local public school, parents and teachers and volunteers. High school students from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute (MGCI), college and university students tutor one-to-one to support children in math, English and French. Guests, including community members, are invited to bring music, science activities and fun in an educational way to our program. Support for the family is also offered through regular workshops provided for the parents of participating children. The Homework Club focuses strongly on helping children with their homework by providing reading materials in different languages, opportunity to play, relax and interact with peers.

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Infant Group (0-18 months)

This program focuses on early development, nutrition, health and play. Older siblings are welcome. Occasional guest speakers.

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Let's Get Physical (0-6 years)

Program gives children, ages 0-6 years an opportunity to enjoy regular physical activity. Children will play with balls, ride on trikes, play floor hockey and move to the music. Physical activity helps to maintain a healthy weight, helps prevent heart and bone disease and builds self confidence.

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Me & My Dad

A special time for fathers, grandfathers, uncles and big brothers to have fun with the children. The program provides fathers an opportunity to discuss parenting topics like toilet learning, sleeping, eating and discipline with other dads. Dads and children play together with blocks, water play, games, paint, create with play dough and read books. Dads can help their child learn about shapes, colours, textures and sizes and enjoy an interactive circle and song time.

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Parent Group

Come together with other parents and a Family Support Practitioner to discuss ideas and common concerns of parenthood. Childcare is available. Please note that children should be able to separate from their parent.

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School Readiness

Our goal is to prepare children for school. We offer a unique free program for parents and children who will be starting school in September. We understand the challenges that families are faced with when starting school. Our registered School Readiness Program is a five day intensive program which offers children and their parents/caregivers the key skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in school. We transform our centre into a school setting. The children are engaged in structured activities that allow them to have a smooth transition into school life. The children build self-esteem, develop a positive attitude, and learn some key school readiness skills. While the children engage in activities preparing them for school, each week there is a parent workshop on topics such as understanding the school system and the TDSB curriculum, the importance of communicating and being involved with the school, separation anxiety, routine and self-help skills for their child, and healthy, nutritious eating habits. Once the families have completed the program, we continue to work with the school and families to assess how their child is transitioning into the school setting.

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Toy & Resource Lending

Parents can borrow toys, books and resources for up to 2 weeks at a time.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00-10:30am | Tuesday 1:00-1:30pm | Wednesday & Thursday 2:00-2:30pm

Location: Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC)| 45 Overlea Blvd., Unit 108A | 416-421-8997

Violence Against Women Support

Our Violence Against Women Program offers safety planning, crisis intervention, solution-based counselling, transitional planning, and advocacy services to women living in the Thorncliffe Park area who have experienced abuse. There is also a women’s support group which meets every other week providing women with a safe place to connect with each other in order to share information, raise awareness, regain strength, alleviate isolation, and heal from the oppression of abuse by developing coping and recovery skills. Clients participate in art therapy activities, group discussions, specialized yoga sessions, and field trips.

For more information please contact us at 416-421-8997

Yoga For Dads

Drop in to our Centre for Yoga exercises with our Yoga Facilitator while your 0-6 year-olds have a great time playing and learning. Improve your posture, relieve stress, reduce back pain and restore your energy levels. Snacks and childminding are available.

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