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EarlyON Child and Family Centres Locations

EarlyON Indoor Programming – November 2021 Update

Hello Families! The City of Hamilton is excited to announce that indoor EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs are being phased in during the month of November.

EarlyON Outdoor programming

EarlyON Child and Family Centre Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities both in person and virtually for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles. These centres offer safe and welcoming environments open to all families across Hamilton, with qualified professionals and quality programs. Families and caregivers can find support, advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources at these programs.

For general questions about Hamilton’s EarlyONs, you can call 905-546-2489 or email [email protected], you can also contact each individual EarlyON directly by telephone numbers listed for each site.

EarlyOn Programming FAQs

EarlyON Centres are often co-located within schools, recreation facilities or other community settings.  Proof of vaccination requirements may differ from location to location depending on the vaccination policies that govern that setting.

EarlyON locations requiring vaccination verification will be indicated at the time of registration.  If you have further questions about this, please contact the EarlyON Centre you plan to attend.

Proof of vaccination is not required for outdoor EarlyON programs.

Yes.  All EarlyON programs are required to have families reserve and/or register in advance of participating in programs and services.  Pre-registering for programs and services ahead of time is an important measure that helps to promote enhanced health and safety at EarlyON Centres.

It is recommended that you complete the pre-registration form at least 24-48 hours before the scheduled session as spaces are limited and EarlyON Centres require time to receive and process your registration.

Pre-registration is available through a secure online form.  There are a few different ways to access the form. 

  • Virtual: View the virtual program calendar here.  Click on the name of the program you are interested in to register.
  • Indoor: View the locations and hours of operation for indoor programs at www.hamilton.ca/earlyoncentres.  Click on “Register here” beside the name of the location you are interested in attending.
  • Outdoor:  View the locations and hours of operation for outdoor programs at www.hamilton.ca/earlyoncentres.  Click on “Register here” beside the name of the location you are interested in attending.

Once you submit the form, you should receive a copy of it in your email.  If you don’t see it, check your Junk Mail folder.

You should also receive a follow-up email from the EarlyON Centre once your registration has been received and confirmed. 

  • Indoor:  Parents, caregivers, and children over the age of 3.8 years of age are required to wear a face covering while attending an EarlyON Centre. Masks are encouraged for children between the ages of 2 and 3.8 years of age.
  • Outdoor: Masking is not required for parents/caregivers or children.  Physical distancing is strongly encouraged between individuals not from the same household.

Parents/caregivers are responsible for providing their child(ren) (if applicable) and themselves with a non-medical mask(s) or face covering when participating in EarlyON programs and services in-person.

Note: In school settings medical masks are required for parents and caregivers.  Medical masks will be provided on site for participants attending EarlyON Centres in schools.

All EarlyON Centres are required to follow strict health and safety protocols as set out by the Ontario Ministries of Health and Education as well as Hamilton Public Health, including but not limited to enhanced cleaning, reduced group sizes, staff training, daily screening and contact tracing.   As such, program participants are required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. 

COVID-19 screening
Parents/caregivers should self-screen themselves and their children at home before attending an indoor or outdoor EarlyON program.  Please follow the most up-to-date Ministry of Health school and child care screening tool online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.

Individuals who fail the screening should not attend the EarlyON program and are advised to contact their health care provider and/or book a COVID-19 test by visiting www.hamiltoncovidtest.ca.

Physical distancing
Physical distancing is an important strategy that we encourage within EarlyON programs whenever possible, however we understand this can be challenging with young children and may not be fully possible.  While moments of close contact during these programs may be unavoidable at times, health and safety protocols are in place to help keep families safe. EarlyON staff will also implement different strategies to help promote physical distancing amongst children in common spaces.

Capacity limits
As an enhancement to the health and safety measures in place at EarlyON Centres, the following group size limits are in effect for indoor programs:

  • Program registration will be limited to 15 individuals per session, not including staff.

Note: EarlyON Centres may choose to further limit group sizes as needed in order to maintain physical distancing.

Enhanced cleaning/sanitization and equipment safety
EarlyON staff have worked hard to develop activities and set up program space in order to maintain safe interactions per health and safety protocols.  As much as possible, materials and equipment are used that can be easily cleaned and sanitized.  Additionally, all participants are encouraged to practice regular hand hygiene and follow respiratory etiquette.

Contact tracing
Daily attendance records are kept for all children, parents/caregivers, and visitors that attend an EarlyON program.  Names, contact information, and approximate time of arrival and departure are collected and may be used to facilitate contract tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.

You will be asked to provide your contact information when pre-registering for an EarlyON program.

Virtual programming

EarlyON Child and Family Centres are offering virtual and telephone services to support caregivers and young children. Virtual programming includes live events such as story, music and gathering times, as well as videos and activities that families can do at home with their children. If you have questions about your child’s development or wish to speak with a Registered Early Childhood Educator, please contact your local EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

Outdoor programming

All outdoor EarlyON programs will be required to follow strict health and safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning of toys and equipment, limited group sizes, staff training and screening. Families will be required to pre-register in advance of attending an outdoor EarlyON program and will be required to complete screening questions onsite prior to entry. To learn more about which locations are opening and pre-register for an outdoor program, please view the list below and visit the EarlyON calendar of the location you are interested in attending.

Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
876 Cannon St. E., Hamilton
905-549-2814 ext. 221

Opening date:
Monday, September 13, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 to 11 am
Effective Dec 1: Monday and Thursday 9 to 11 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Binbrook Memorial Hall
2600 Highway 56, Binbrook
Phone: 905-573-7905 ext 1

Opening date:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Thursday 10 am to 12 noon
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Churchill Park
167 Cline Street North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-979-0195

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Wednesday and Friday 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Dundas Driving Park
71 Cross Street, Dundas
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Ellis EarlyON Child and Family Centre
45 Ellis Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-2814 ext. 221

Opening date:
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:

Monday and Wednesday 9 to 11 am ( Ellis)
Friday 9 to 11 am (Gage Park)
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Elmar Park
140 Brigade Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday November 1, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Gourley Park
142 Duncairn Crescent, Hamilton
Phone: 289-659-9400

Opening date:
Monday, July 12, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Tuesday and Friday 9 am to 12:30 pm
No programming/closed Dec 9
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - 11:30 am closing
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Greendale EarlyON Child and Family Centre
44 Greendale Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 Ext. 818

Opening date:
Saturday November 6, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Saturday 9 am to 12 noon
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 25 to Jan 1 - closed


Hamilton Mountain Helen Detwiler EarlyON Child and Family Centre - Outdoor Kindergarten Playground
320 Brigade Dr., Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 9:30 to 11 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Hillcrest EarlyON Child and Family Centre
40 Eastwood Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-545-5995

Opening date:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Program information

Hours of operation:
Tuesday and Thursday 9 to 11 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
​Dec 28 - closed
Dec 30 - closed


Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg EarlyON Child and Family Centre/Akwè:kon Wà:ke Outdoor Program
785 Britannia Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-4884 ext. 401

Opening date:
Monday, November 1, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday 9 to 11 am  (Stroller walk)
Wednesday 9 to 11 am and 1 to 3 pm
Friday 9 to 11 am
Every first Saturday of the month 9 to 11 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed
​Dec 27 - closed
Dec 31 - closed


On y va de Notre-Dame Hamilton
400 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-3383

Opening date:
Monday, November 8, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 31 - closed


Queen Street EarlyON Child and Family Centre
155 Queen Street North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-521-0926

Opening date:
Monday November 15, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 11 to 12
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed at 11:30 am
​Dec 25 to Dec 31 - closed


St. David EarlyON Child and Family Centre
33 Cromwell Crescent, Hamilton
Phone: 905-573-7905 ext. 1

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday and Wednesday 10 am to 12 noon
Register here

Holiday Closure:
​Dec 27 - closed
Dec 29 - closed


Valley Park EarlyON
970 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek
Phone: 289-237-1297
TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday  9 am to 12 noon
Register here
TEMPORARILY CLOSED


Waterdown EarlyON Child and Family Centre
315 Dundas Street East, Waterdown
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday, November 1, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday to Saturday 9 am to 12 noon
Tuesday 4 to 6pm
Monday to Thursday 1 pm to 3 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Winona Community Centre EarlyON
255 Winona Rd., Stoney Creek
Phone: 905-546-2424  ext.1244

Opening date:
Wednesday, November 8th, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Wednesday and Friday 10 am to 12 noon
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 29 - closed
Dec 31 - closed


Woodland EarlyON at Green Venture
22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 365-336-8844

Opening date:
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday and Wednesday 9:30 to 11:30 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 - closed
Dec 29 - closed


May include some outdoor program options

Beasley EarlyON Child and Family Centre
145 Wilson Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 5251

Opening Date
Monday, November 1, 2021
Program Information

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15 to 10:15 am
Monday to Thursday 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
876 Cannon St. E., Hamilton
905-549-2814 ext. 221

Opening date:
Wednesday, December 1 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Tuesday 9  to 11 am  and 1 to 3 pm (effective December 1)
Wednesday 9  to 11 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 28 - closed
Dec 29 - closed


Binbrook Memorial Hall EarlyON Child and Family Centre
2600 Highway 56, Binbrook
Phone: 905-573-7905 ext. 1

Opening date:
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Tuesday 10 am to 12 noon (effective November 23)
Wednesday 10 am to 12 noon
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 28 - closed
Dec 29 - closed


Churchill Park EarlyON Child and Family Centre
167 Cline Street North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-979-0195

Opening date:
Monday, November 1, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 10:30 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed at 11:30 am
Dec 25 to 31 - closed


Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre EarlyON
10 Market Street, South, Dundas
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday, November 1, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 12:00
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Ellis EarlyON Child and Family Centre
45 Ellis Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-2814 ext. 221

Opening date:
Effective December , 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Tuesday 1 to 3 pm
Thursday 9 to 11 am
Friday 9 to 11 am, PNBN 9:30 to 10:45 am
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 - closed
Dec 28 - closed
Dec 31 - closed


Greendale EarlyON Child and Family Centre
44 Greendale Drive, Hamilton
Phone:  905-574-9344 x818

Opening date:
Saturday November 6th, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Saturday 9 am to 12 noon
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


James Street EarlyON Child and Family Centre
79 James Street South, Hamilton
Phone: 905-317-4933, or 289-659-9400

Opening date:
Monday November 8th, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday and Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg EarlyON Child and Family Centre/Akwè:kon Wà:ke Outdoor Program
785 Britannia Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-4884 ext. 401

Opening date:
Monday, November 1, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday and Tuesday 1 to 3 pm
Thursday 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24
Dec 27 - closed
Dec 28 - closed
Dec 31 - closed


On y va de Notre-Dame Hamilton
400 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-3383

Opening date:
Monday, November 8th, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10  am to 2 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed
Dec 28 - closed
Dec 31 - closed


On y va du CSCHN rue Barton Est
1320 Barton Street East, Hamilton
Phone: 905-528-0163 x3228 or 3297

Opening date:
Monday, November 2, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Tuesday and Friday 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 - closed


Queen Street EarlyON Child and Family Centre
155 Queen Street North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-521-0926

Opening date:
Monday, November 29, 2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 9:15 to 10:15 am
Monday to Thursday 2 to 3 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 closed at 11:30 am
Dec 25 to Dec 31 - closed


Ryerson EarlyON Child and Family Centre
251 Duke Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Monday, November 8,  2021
Program Information

Hours of operation:
TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 to 11:30 am
Register here


Waterdown EarlyON Child and Family Centre
315 Dundas Street East, Waterdown
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 820

Opening Date
Monday, November 1,  2021
Program Information

Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday 9 am to 12 noon
Monday to Thursday 1 pm to 3 pm
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 27 to Dec 31 - closed


Winona Community Centre
255 Winona Road, Stoney Creek
Phone: 905­-573-7905 ext 1

Opening Date
Monday November 8, 2021
Program Information

Hours of Operation
Monday 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Thursday 10 am to 12 noon - Starting November 25
Register here

Holiday Closure:
Dec 24 - closed
Dec 27 - closed
Dec 28 - closed
Dec 31 - closed

Physical Activities

Description Activity

Guidelines that provide recommended number of hours for:

  • Sleep
  • Physical Activity
  • Sedentary time, including screen time

Early Years (0-4 years)
Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines
French

Children and Youth (5-17 years)
Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines 
French

Over 100 fun and simple games and activities designed to get children active (ages 0-6 years)

Have a Ball Together! | French

A series of short videos called “Physical Literacy at Home” that help support parents and guardians and kids to develop physical literacy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sport for Life | French

Screen Time

Description Activity
General tips about screen time. Screen Time Factsheet (PDF, 190 KB)
Screen Time Postcard (PDF, 855 KB)
French (PDF, 817 KB) | Arabic (PDF, 920 KB) | Chinese (PDF, 933 KB)
Simple and easy activities to keep kids busy that do not involve a screen. 50 Screen-Free Ideas for Kids (PDF, 870 KB)
French (PDF, 813 KB) | Arabic (PDF, 928 KB) | Chinese (PDF, 940 KB)
A simple paper-based tracker you can use to track your family’s screen time and physical activity Screen Time and Physical Activity Tracker (PDF, 982 KB)

Outdoor play

Description Activity
The importance of outdoor play Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development | French
How to keep children safe while playing outdoors in the winter Winter Safety Advice for parents and kids | French

Healthy Eating

Description Activity

Online nutrition questionnaire for parents and caregivers of children aged:

  • 18 to 35 months old
  • 3 to 5 years old
Nutri-eSTEP Nutrition screen | French
Booklet that contains information about healthy eating during pregnancy. Healthy Eating for Healthy Baby
Booklet that contains information about how to introduce solid food Feeding Your Baby
Factsheet with tips for building healthy eating habits with children HPH Feeding Young Children (PDF, 124 KB)
Canada’s Food Guide Canada’s Food Guide | French

Information about Hamilton area:

  • Food banks
  • Community Kitchens
  • Food Cooperatives
  • Free meals, and more
Food Access Guide

Dietitians of Canada website with information about:

  • Picky eating
  • Healthy eating
  • Recipes, and more
Unlockfood.ca page on Children’s Nutrition | French

Mental Health

Description Activity
How parents and caregivers can support their child and youth’s mental health during COVID-19 including links to local mental health supports and services. City of Hamilton - Child and Youth Mental Health During COVID-19
Mental health services and supports during COVID-19 for all ages. Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Growth & Development and Parenting

Description Activity

Information about:

  • Accessing Looksee Checklists
  • Growth and development
  • Literacy
  • Screen Time
  • Toilet Learning
  • Tummy Time
Hamilton Public Health Services – Children’s Growth and Development

Information about:

  • Children’s temperament
  • Helping your child behave well
  • Dealing with difficult behaviour
Hamilton Public Health Services – Children’s Behaviours

Breastfeeding

Description Activity
Information about Public Health Breastfeeding services, and when to ask for breastfeeding help. Hamilton Public Health Services – Breastfeeding Services
Breastfeeding resources

Best Start  | French

Breastfeeding Matters Book – Free PDF Download

Attaching Your Baby at the Breast (VIDEO)

Improving Latch by Improving Positioning (VIDEO)

Is Your Baby Getting Enough Milk (VIDEO)

Hamilton Public Health

www.hamilton.ca/public-health/classes/parenting-groups-in-hamilton

Healthy Growth and Development Program services that are open include:
Health Connections phone line (905-546-3550) is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. We help expecting families and families that have children 0-6 years of age. You can learn and ask questions about: breastfeeding, child safety, growth and development, healthy eating, positive parenting, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, preparing for a healthy pregnancy and other programs and services in Hamilton.

Public Health Services’ breastfeeding support can be accessed by calling the Health Connections phone line at 905-546-3550.

Free online Prenatal Classes to learn more about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and newborn care in an interactive way. To register, visit www.hamilton.ca/prenatal and select Online Prenatal Program, call 905-546-2424 Ext 3591 or email [email protected].

Welcome Baby prenatal nutrition groups (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program - CPNP) are accepting new participants who are pregnant and looking for extra support. Currently we are offering phone support and mailing resources while in-person groups are closed. For more information and details on how to register visit Prenatal Nutrition Programs in Hamilton.

Visit Healthy Families Hamilton Facebook

Hamilton Recreation

Recreation at home activities

Hamilton Public Library

The Hamilton Public Library is here for you. Story times, read alouds, and fun activities can be found at Hamilton Public Library Story Times.

Access free Tumblebooks

McMaster Children’s Hospital – Child and Youth Mental Health Program Free Parenting and Child Development Courses

www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/mcmaster-childrens-hospital/patients-visitors/family-resources

The Community Education Service (CES) of the Child and Youth Mental Health Program provides educational courses and skills training workshops to the community on a variety of topics, including parenting, child development and child & youth mental health concerns. Programs are available for children, youth and caregivers, and are currently held virtually via ZOOM.

Course Calendar May to August 2021

Early Words, Hamilton Preschool Speech and Language Program

ascy.ca/families/preschool-speech-language/

Do you have concerns about your child’s speech and language?
Call Early Words at 905-381-2828 ext. 224 or complete our on-line referral.

Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre

www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/about-us/our-organization/our-locations/ron-joyce-childrens-health-centre

Are you worried about developmental challenges including speech and language?
Call the Ron Joyce Children’s Centre at 905-521-7950 or review additional information and the online referral forms.

EarlyON Locations