EarlyON CFC Programs and Workshops
EarlyON Child and Family Centre Programs
Open Drop-in Playgroup
EarlyON Child and Family Centre provides a variety of free family drop-ins to Ontario residents where families can play and learn together in a child friendly space. These regular meetings are geared towards parents, caregivers and their children birth to 6 years old. Activities and free-play include arts and crafts, dramatic play, sensory play, games, songs and stories. Bring a nut-free snack and a pair of indoor shoes or slippers. Drop-ins are facilitated by qualified Family Resource Workers who are happy to answer questions and provide access to referral services. This is also an ideal opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet others for social and community support, as well as to access our Resource Library and the Mobile Toy Lending Library.
Our main location is 2 MacNeil Court, Kanata with several outreach locations: Carp Memorial Hall, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kanata Beaverbrook Community Centre, Corkery Community Centre, Bethel St. Andrews United Church, Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre, Hazeldean Mall, and Stonehaven Retirement.
Specialized drop-ins include: Baby & Me, Francophone, Multicultural Newcomers, Storytime and CHEO Learn & Play.
These drop-ins are for parents/caregivers with children from birth to 6 years old. The programs provide fun and a variety of activities including arts and crafts, games, songs, stories, and active circle times. The spaces are designed for adults where they can meet others in their community while playing with their children in a stimulating environment.
Carp (434 Donald B. Munro Dr.): There is NO parking attached to the building. Please park behind the restaurant across Carp Road or on Carp Road itself.
Stittsville (2 Mulkins St.): The drop-in is located in the basement of the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church using the side entrance, strollers must be parked outside.
Beaverbrook (1002 Beaverbrook Rd.): Drop-ins are at the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Centre on the second floor. Strollers must be left on the first floor.
Corkery (3447 Old Almonte Rd.): Parking is available on the street and strollers can be parked outside under the covered entryway.
Baby & Me Groups
The Baby & Me groups are for parents/caregivers and their non-walking infants. They are a great opportunity to meet other parents, learn more about parenting, make friends, and see babies at different ages and stages.
The Baby & Me group meets at Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (2 MacNeil Crt.) and at Stonehaven Retirement Residence (70A Stonehaven Dr.). The schedule will alternate between Rhyme Time and discussion topics. Phone or email for more information: (613-591-3686 / firstname.lastname@example.org).
Special Needs Programming
In partnership with the CHEO, specialized groups are offered Tuesday mornings in the EarlyON Child and Family Centre – Kanata/West Carleton. Please contact CHEO at 613-831-5112 for more information.
Join us at a bilingual Storytime where the books come to life with songs, puppets and exciting twists. Be transported into a new adventure every week!
Kanata: Bilingual story time ideally suited for children 2-6 years (siblings welcome) Hazeldean Mall, 300 Eagleson Road.
Fitzroy Harbour: Story time followed by snack time (bring your own) and crafts. Ideally suited for children 2-6 years (siblings welcome). Bethel-St Andrew United Church (184 Jack Lougheed Way)
Constance Bay: Bilingual story time followed by snack time (bring your own) and crafts. Ideally suited for children 2-6 years (siblings welcome). Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre (Link Room) (262 Len Purcell Drive)
EarlyON CFC Workshops
We offer many free workshops, registration is always required. Topics include making baby food and child development (social, emotional, physical). Workshops may be play-based with you and your child or adult learning presentation style. Visit the EarlyON Eventbrite page to see a current list of workshops and to register.
The Resource Library is located at 2 MacNeil Court in the EarlyON Child and Family Centre and can be accessed during drop-in program hours. French and English books for parents and children may be borrowed for two weeks; CDs and DVDs for one week. As well as general parenting books, we have a selection of books for parents of children with special needs.
You and your child can have hours of fun when you borrow one of our Kitchen ABCs Kits or a Story Stretchers Kit; each kit contains ideas for crafts, songs and other activities.
Mobile Toy Lending Library – Toys ON Tour
The Toy Lending library is equipped with books, games, puzzles, and toys that support your child’s development. We also have Parenting books covering key areas such as Sleep, Discipline, Child Development and more.
We will visit the outreach sites bringing Books, Puzzles, Activity Kits, Fun Games and Toys that support you and your child’s learning. The loan time is one to two weeks depending on the library’s rotational schedule.
Click here to check out more about the Toy Library & where you can find us in the community!