Welcome to the Scarborough East Ontario Early Years Centres. Our centres provide programs and services for families and caregivers with children birth to 6 years of age. The early years programs focus on the developmental stages of the child, encompassing early learning and literacy, readiness for school, parenting support, prenatal information as well as information about other programs and services in the community.
We have 4 permanent sites that provide these programs and services, as well as several satellite locations. They are located in schools, libraries and community housing complexes to ensure we are accessible to all communities. See below for site locations and hours of operation.
Early Years Transition
Over the past year, The City of Toronto and Ministry of Education have been working together along with the Ontario Early Years Centres to put a plan in place based on the Ontario Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework. The framework outlines a re-structuring of a current province-wide transformation.
- The province is transferring the management of early years programs to the local municipalities, for us in Toronto, City of Toronto, Children’s Services. This includes service management as well as funding flow.
- The early years services that are affected by this transfer are: Ontario Early Years Centres, Family Support Programs, Parent Family Literacy Centres & Better Beginnings, Brighter Futures.
- The new name and branding for all of the above mentioned programs as of January 1, 2018, will be EarlyON Child & Family Centre.
The upcoming year (2018) is being considered a transition year and there is still much work to be done. The City is working with all of the stakeholders to develop guidelines, structures etc. This information will be forthcoming over the year and there will be some changes to the services that we provide currently, however we will keep all of you informed as they are confirmed.
The biggest change at the moment is the delivery of independent programs, currently the Ministry has indicated that centres cannot offer independent programs if the parents are off site, with Ministry money. So, we are taking the next 4 months to look at what this means and how we can work within the quidelines and try to figure out how we can keep our independent programs on our schedule.
We thank you in advance for your patience and just know that we are looking at all options.
If you have any questions or would like more information about our programs, either click on the links below for program calendars or call us at (416) 282-7284.
Manager – Janice Simmons, Telephone (416) 281-0262 ext. 217
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