About our Child & Family Services

Our Child & Family department offers holistic services to support individuals and families. From birth to adulthood, our clients can move through our programs accessing a variety of services and programs including early learning activities, support for children with special needs, middle years homework help, physical activities, tutoring through the Youth Centre and services supporting the well-being of our community members. All services are offered FREE of charge.

EarlyON Child and Family Centre @ TNO:

This is a centre where children, aged birth-6 years, can participate in quality, play and inquiry-based programs.
We offer a place for families and caregivers, where they can receive support and access to a network of resources and more! In a welcoming and supportive environment, families and caregivers are sure to make personal connections and support their children through their transition from the early years to the first years of primary school.

For more information, please connect with the Child & Family Services team here:

EarlyON Child & Family Centre (formerly Ontario Early Years Centre – OEYC): 45 Overlea Blvd., Unit 108A   |   416-421-8997   |   Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

TNO @ Flemingdon: 10 Gateway Blvd., Unit 104   |   416-424-2900

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Parent Infant Group

 This program is for babies from birth to 18 months and their caregivers. Parents and caregivers learn about babies & their early development while gaining valuable information on nutrition, health, attachment & play. Families meet others with young babies, play in a safe environment and enjoy interactive circle song times. 

Toddler Time

 Offers age appropriate activities for children 18 months & up provided by qualified professionals. Children play in a supportive early learning environment and participate in activities including healthy physical activities (sensory tunnel, bean bag toss, trampoline, stepping stones, basketball & more). Parents learn about child development & access resources. A healthy snack is included.

Come & Play

This program for 0 – 6 years includes arts and crafts, sensory play, dramatic play, games, gross motor activities, songs, story time and healthy snacks.  The program helps children learn social skills, turn taking, listening all while preparing for transition to kindergarten. Parents increase their knowledge of child development and have access to many different resources.

Little Explorers

This early years program for 0 – 6 years includes a circle and song time, a variety of early learning activities with a focus on early math and science activities.

Just Me & My Dad

The program is just for fathers, granddads, uncles and their children from 0-6 years.Play together, participate in a stimulating circle time and see your child explore his/her surroundings through an assortment of age appropriate activities including waterplay, sand, blocks, games, books, puzzles, paint and play dough. Discover how your child learns about shapes, colours, textures and sizes through assorted activities. Experience new firsts with your child while they learn to communicate socially and learn to take turns.

Parent Group

Weekly groups, facilitated by our Parent Support Practitioner, are offered to provide support to parents and caregivers of children 0-6 years. Workshops provided cover a wide variety of topics. Discussion ideas include parenting, discipline, literacy, child development, and more.  Child minding is available for children 18 months and up.

Let's Get Physical

This program gives children, ages 0-6 years an opportunity to enjoy regular physical activity. Physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight, prevents heart & bone disease, and builds self-confidence. During this program your child will have the opportunity to climb, roll, crawl, play basketball, walk the balance beam and more. Program ends with an interactive music time!

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Breastfeeding Support Group

This co-facilitated (Toronto Public Health and Flemingdon Health Centre) program offers support to expecting and new mothers who require support with breastfeeding.

Growing Together

This 8 week referral program provides a small playgroup for children (0-6 years) experiencing issues in their development and children (0-6 years) identified as having special needs. Parents participate in the program with their child (siblings are welcome) under the guidance of the Special Needs Resource Specialist. Children are introduced to circle time, music, art and sensory activities to enhance their language and communication skills. Children play and interact with other children in a stimulating environment, improve their language and social skills.  Referrals and information on other community resources are provided also.

Over the Rainbow

This 8-week registered referral program is for 3 – 5 year old children who may require extra support in areas relating to social or emotional needs. Children may have experienced a traumatic event (ie. separation/divorce, loss, witness to violence).  The children’s program is facilitated by an accredited therapist.  Children use art, drama and story-telling to explore feelings, experiences and behaviours, while parents are given the opportunity to discuss parenting concerns in a supportive group environment.

Social Communication

This specialized group is co-facilitated with Yes I Can Nursery School. It is for children 2-5 years old that require extra support communicating with peers and teachers. Program highlights include: communication/ language enhancement support, social/peer play skill development, sensory exploration, and circle/song time.

School Readiness

A five ½ day school readiness program is provided for children starting school in the September. The program is made up of two components, one for the children and one for the parent/caregiver. Children learn: separation from parents, to build self-esteem, to improve communication skills, about colours, shapes, numbers, letters & taking turns. The parents participate in workshops on discipline, healthy eating, routines, school expectations and more!

Homework Club & Middle Years

Homework Club runs from early October to June and offers children ages 7-12 from the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon communities:

-Daily snack

-Structured homework time

-Early Literacy promotion

-Group activities and more!

March Break & Summer Recreational programs are provided where children, ages 7-12 participate in group activities and sports, build leadership skills and go on excursions to points of interest

English Conversation Group

This program is dedicated to helping Newcomers overcome possible language barriers while providing assistance with adapting to a new culture. These FREE classes are held twice a week during the evenings at TNO-The Neighbourhood Organization. The English Conversation Group provides Newcomers with the opportunity to practice the conversation skills required to confidently interact with teachers, community members, employers, service providers, etc. All are welcome to attend. The Children’s Literacy & Enhancement Program is a parallel program for children 18 months and up which helps young children:

• Get ready for school

• Make new friends

• Build confidence

• Develop early literacy

Mental Health Services

We offer supportive counselling for couples, families and individuals. Assistance is provided in dealing with:

  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Trauma
  • Grief or loss
  • Addiction
  • Anger management
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Separation, divorce, family problem

Violence Against Women Program

Our Violence Against Women Program offers safety planning, crisis intervention, solution-based counselling, transitional housing planning, and advocacy services to women living in the Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon areas who have experienced domestic abuse. *Services in different languages* There is also a women’s support group which meets regularly to provide 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. Women can participate in a variety of activities including group discussions.