Additional EarlyON Service Provider Resources

A listing of additional resources for EarlyON Service Providers:

The Hamilton Early Years Quality Program is a framework and process to guide continuous quality assurance for organizations providing early years programs through Funding Agreements with the City of Hamilton. The purpose of the program is to collectively make Hamilton the best place to raise a child and the best place to be a child, by cultivating high quality early years programs and services where children, families and educators are viewed as capable and competent.

The program consists of:

Participation in the new quality program is mandatory for all licensed child care and EarlyON child and family centre operators that currently have a funding agreement with the City of Hamilton.

Contact us

For more information on the Hamilton Early Years Quality Program, contact:
Supervisor of Child Care System Support
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3091

The Hamilton Early Years Community Plan (EYCP) 2016-2020  (PDF, 1 MB) outlines the strategic priorities and recommended goals for the Hamilton early year system over the next five years.  It builds on a decade of collective leadership in planning and implementing a comprehensive system of services and supports for children and families.

Community resources

Hamilton’s Charters of Rights

The Charters are not only about supporting the City of Hamilton’s vision to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully, but also about making Hamilton the best place to be a child.

Hamilton Parent Charter of Rights

The Hamilton Early Years system is about supporting parents and families to provide children with the best possible opportunities early in their lives. Parents are the first, most important and most lasting teachers in a child’s life.

In 2010, a Hamilton Parent Charter of Rights was created. The Charter:

  • sets out shared principles and beliefs for providers to guide them around planning and delivering services that make parents feel valued, respected, and supported in their roles at each stage of their children’s lives
  • reflects the voice of the community, developed through extensive public consultation and feedback
  • provides a strong foundation for the future of families, service providers, and organizations that serve parents in Hamilton

Hamilton Parent Charter - English/French (PDF, 1 MB)
Hamilton Parent Charter - Spanish (PDF, 329 KB)
Hamilton Parent Charter - Chinese (PDF, 461 KB)
Hamilton Parent Charter - Arabic (PDF, 1 MB)

Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth

The Hamilton Early Years system supports the belief that all children and youth have rights. The Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth was created with the input of over 2000 children and youth from Hamilton, in their words, through extensive community engagement. Participatory responsibilities were added to open conversations between adults and children.

The Charter was released in 2015. A tour of the children’s artwork and celebrations of the charter occurred throughout the City of Hamilton with the hope of engaging the community in discussions about rights and building awareness.

The Charter is not only about making Hamilton the best place to raise a child, but also about making Hamilton the best place to be a child.

Charter Booklet - English (PDF, 35  MB)
Charter Booklet - French (PDF, 35 MB)
Charter Poster - English (PDF, 4 MB)
Charter Poster - French (PDF, 4 MB)

Watch for a new Charter Facilitation Guide and Reflective Toolkit to be released this fall to assist organizations with talking about rights and embedding both charters of rights into your organization’s policies and practice.

Experience & celebrate the Charter exhibit

We invite you to go to the Art Gallery of Hamilton during November and December 2017 to enjoy an exhibit celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary through an interactive art display based on the Hamilton Charter of Rights of Children and Youth.

The project is led by Culture for the Kids in the Arts in partnership with the City of Hamilton and the Pen Pal Project. Children from the greater Hamilton area will connect with 150 notable Canadians and both will share which Right resonates with them and why. For more information, visit

A travelling tour is planned for 2018.

Professional Learning in the early years and child care sector is coordinated and facilitated by Affiliated Services for Children & Youth (ASCY). To learn more about Professional Learning opportunities visit ASCY Professional Learning Calendar.

Hamilton EarlyON Child and Family Centres Locations

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