Early Years and Child Care Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres Locations

Emergency Child Care for Health Care & Other Frontline Workers

The City of Hamilton has partnered with our three licensed home child care agencies to offer emergency licensed home child care to health care and other essential frontline workers during the pandemic free of charge. Eligible workers include those working in health care, police, fire, paramedics, Public Health, long-term care, HSR and correctional officers. To be eligible, families must either live or work in Hamilton.

Full list of workers eligible for Emergency Child Care

  • An individual who is,
    • a regulated health care professional, or
    • an unregulated health care provider working in health care delivery, either directly or indirectly.
  • A police officer as defined in the Police Services Act.
  • A member of a police force other than a police officer as defined in the Police Services Act.
  • An individual employed as a firefighter as defined in section 1 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
  • An individual who is,
    • engaged in providing fire protection services as defined under section 1 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, and
    • employed in a fire department as defined under section 1 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
  • A paramedic as defined in the Ambulance Act.
  • A coroner as defined in the Coroners Act.
  • A worker in a correctional institution as defined in the Ministry of Correctional Services Act.
  • An individual employed in the Institutional Services Division of the Ministry of the Solicitor General, including a person employed in a correctional institution as defined in section 1 of the Ministry of Correctional Services Act.
  • An employee of Compass Group Canada Ltd. who works at or provides services in relation to the Cook Chill Food Production Centre.
  • An individual employed in the Ministry of the Solicitor General who performs one or more of the following functions for the Institutional Services Division or Community Services Division:
    • Performing electronic monitoring services.
    • Performing CPIC searches.
    • Preparing community supervision orders.
  • An animal welfare inspector appointed pursuant to the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019.
  • An individual employed in the operation of,
    • a place of secure custody designated under section 24.1 of the Young Offenders Act (Canada), whether in accordance with section 88 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Canada) or otherwise, or
    • a place of secure temporary detention as defined in subsection 2 (1) of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017.
  • Persons employed in the Direct Operated Facilities Branch of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
  • An individual who performs work that is essential to the delivery of core services in a municipality or First Nation community, as determined by the municipality or First Nation. In Hamilton this includes:
    • individuals working in essential Public Health positions,
    • individuals working in essential City Contact Centre positions,
    • individuals providing essential Hamilton Water operations including drinking water, wastewater collection and treatment, and stormwater management,
    • individuals providing essential HSR service,
    • individuals providing essential services at Wentworth and Macassa Lodges, and
    • individuals supporting the Emergency Operations Centre, including individuals working in the Emergency Shelter System.
  • An individual who performs work of a critical nature in their service area or community, as determined by the Minister of Education or his delegate in consultation with the relevant service system manager or First Nation as those terms are defined under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
  • An individual who works in a child care centre authorized to operate pursuant to this Order.

The three agencies are Today's Family, Wee Watch Golfwood, and Wee Watch Galbraith. All agencies have providers who will provide child care in their homes to accommodate 12 hour shifts for children of staff aged 12 months to 12 years of age.  

All three agencies are required to have pandemic plans in place and are working closely with Public Health to mitigate possible exposure to COVID-19. These agencies have implemented these strategies:

  • Children and staff who are ill with fever and/or infectious respiratory symptoms are required to stay home
  • The consistent practice of good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene
  • Enhanced environmental cleaning of the facility
  • Families who have recently traveled out of province are required to stay home from child care for 14 days to ensure they are not ill

Spaces are limited and the enrollment process is streamlined to ease access for these essential workers. Eligible families are to identify themselves as essential health care or frontline staff when they contact the agencies.

For more information on how to access this service, contact:

Based on the advice of Public Health, the safest place for children during this time is to remain at home and adhere to physical distancing recommendations. Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of eligible essential workers who have no other alternatives.


Children and parents at an early years center

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities 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 centres.

Selected EarlyON sites also provide Check It Out Drop In sessions, which is a free service where parents can ask health professionals questions about their child. View the Check it Out Schedule 2020 - January to June (PDF, 753 KB).

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.

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EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Waterdown EarlyON Child and Family Centre
315 Dundas Street East, Waterdown
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 820
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Monday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, 8:30 am to 7 pm​
Wednesday, 8:30 am to 7 pm​
Thursday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon
Saturday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Closed: Long weekends


Neighbourhood sites

Carlisle United Church
1432 Centre Road, Carlisle
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 820
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
September 2019 to June 2020
Tuesday, 9 am to 12 noon


Lynden Library
110 Lynden Road, Lynden
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 820
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
March 26 to May 28, 2020
Thursday, 10 am to 12 noon


Ancaster - Marshall Memorial United Church
20 Gilbert Avenue, Ancaster
(entrance off Fiddler’s Green Road)
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 820
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 12 noon
Tuesday, 9 am to 12 noon
Thursday, 9 am to 12 noon

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
10 Market Street South, Dundas
Phone: 905-­574-9344 x 804
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 12 noon
Tuesday, 9 am to 12 noon
Wednesday, 9 am to 12 noon
Thursday, 9 am to 12 noon
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Dundas Coach House
22 Victoria Street, Dundas
Phone: 905-­574-9344 x 804
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule
(See Dundas schedule)

Operating Hours
Monday
Pre-registered workshops
Call for dates/times


Dundas Library
18 Ogilvie Street, Dundas
Phone: 905-­574-9344 x 804
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule
(See Dundas schedule)

Operating Hours
Tuesday
Pre-registered workshops
Call for dates/times


Beverly Central Public School
1346 4th Concession Road West, Troy
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 820
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
September to June
Monday, 9 to 11 am


St. Thomas the Apostle
170 Skinner Road, Waterdown
Phone: 365-336-6998
HWCCCC EarlyON Program Schedules

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 noon

EarlyON Child and Family Centre

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

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 7 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 4 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon
Saturday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (9 am to 4 pm on long weekends)
Sunday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Closed: Sundays of long weekends


Neighbourhood sites

Bennetto
450 Hughson Street, North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-521-0296

Operating Hours
Thursday, 9 am to 12 noon


Ryerson Recreation Centre
251 Duke Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 820
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Tuesday 9:15 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:15 am to 11:30 am
Friday 9:15 am to 11:30 am

Tuesday afternoons April to June 2020
Pre-registered workshops
Call for dates/times


1900 Main West
1900 Main Street West, Hamilton
Phone: 905-521-0296
Phone: 905-522-1224
Wesley EarlyON Program Calendars

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 4 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 4 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 12 noon
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon


Beasley Child & Family Centre
145 Wilson Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 5251
Wesley EarlyON Program Calendars

Operating Hours
Monday, 8:50 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, 8:50 am to 7 pm
Wednesday, 8:50 am to 7 pm
Thursday, 8:50 am to 5 pm
Friday, 8:50 am to 5 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 3:30 pm

Closed: Long Weekends
Closed: When HWDSB close due to inclement weather

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date
: Wednesday, April 23, 2020
Time: 2 to 4 pm
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Churchill Park Club House
167 Cline St. N., Hamilton
Phone: 905-979-0195
Wesley EarlyON Program Calendars

Operating Hours
Tuesday, 9 am to 12 noon
Wednesday, 9 am to 12 noon
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon

EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Hamilton Mountain EarlyON Child and Family Centre
Helen Detwiler School
320 Brigade Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 818
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Monday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, 8:30 am to 7 pm​
Wednesday, 8:30 am to 7 pm​
Thursday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Neighbourhood sites

Huntington Park Recreation Centre
87 Brentwood Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 x 824
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12:30 pm

Closed: 
March 16 to 20
June 5, 2020
June 28, 2020


Greendale
44 Greendale Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 x 818
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Saturday, 9 am to 12 noon
Closed Saturdays of long weekends


George L. Armstrong Public School
460 Concession Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905 574-9344 x 818
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Monday, 8:45 am to 12:00 noon
Tuesday, 8:45 am to 12 noon 
Wednesday, 8:45 am to 12 noon
Thursday, 8:45 am to 12 noon
Friday, 8:45 am to 12 noon


 

Cecil B Stirling School
340 Queen Victoria Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 905-385-5374
Today’s Family EarlyON Program Schedule

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm


Westwood School
9 Lynbrook Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 289-659-9400
YMCA – Westwood EarlyON Program Calendars

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 am to 12:45 pm

Closed: When HWDSB close due to inclement weather

EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Hamilton East EarlyON Child and Family Centre
45 Ellis Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-2814 ext. 230
Ellis EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 7:30 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 6 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm

Closed: Long weekends

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date:Tuesday June 23, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Prince of Wales School
77 Melrose Avenue, North, Hamilton
Phone: 365-336-4202
Prince of Wales EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon


Neighbourhood sites

Holy Name of Jesus
181 Belmont Avenue North, Hamilton
Phone: 365-336-7001
HWCCCC EarlyON Program Schedules

Operating Hours
Monday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon


Elizabeth Bagshaw School
350 Albright Road, Hamilton
Phone: 905-308-2954
Bagshaw EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday, 8:45 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, 8:45 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, 8:45 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, 8:45 am to 3:30 pm


Sanford
735 King Street East, Hamilton (Floor 1A) 
Phone: 905-525-5855
Sanford EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon


Hillcrest School
40 Eastwood Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-545-5995
Hillcrest EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon - Cultural Family Time & Drop In


Adelaide Hoodless School
71 Maplewood Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 365-336-8844
Adelaide Hoodless EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday to Thursday, 8:50 am to 3:10 pm
Friday, 8:50 am to 12 noon


Biindigen Community Hub
785 Britannia Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-4884 ext. 401
Niwasa EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, 12 noon to 7 pm
​Friday, 9 am to 12 noon
Saturday, 9 am to 12 noon - First Saturday of the month

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date
: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 3 to 5 pm
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Centre pour l’enfant et la famille ON y va – Notre-Dame
400 avenue Cumberland, Hamilton
Téléphone: 905-549-3383
Calendrier du programme ON y va

Heures d’ouverture
Lundi, 10:00 à 14:00
Mardi, 10:00 à 14:00
Mercredi, 10:00 à 14:00
Jeudi, 10:00 à 14:00
Vendredi, 10:00 à 14:00

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Centre pour l’enfant et la famille ON y va - Barton
1320 rue Barton Est, Hamilton
Téléphone: 905-528-0163 ext. 3228 or ext. 3297
Calendrier du programme ON y va

Heures d’ouverture
Lundi, 10:00 à 14:00
Mardi, 10:00 à 19:00
Mercredi, 10:00 à 14:00
Jeudi, 10:00 à 14:00
Vendredi, 10:00 à 14:00


EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Stoney Creek EarlyON Child and Family Centre
St. David School
33 Cromwell Crescent, Hamilton
Phone: 905-573-7905
HWCCCC EarlyON Program Schedules

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 7 pm​
Wednesday, 9 am to 4 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon
Saturday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm


Neighbourhood sites

Billy Green School
1105 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek
Phone: 905-512-5662
HWCCCC EarlyON Program Schedules

Operating Hours
Monday, 8:30 am to 12 noon
Tuesday, 8:30 am to 12 noon
Wednesday, 8:30 am to 12 noon
Thursday, 8:30 am to 12 noon
Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon


Winona Community Centre
255 Winona Road, Stoney Creek
Phone: 905­-546-2424 ext 1244
HWCCCC EarlyON Program Schedules

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 4 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 4 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: 9:30  to 11:30 am
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Binbrook Memorial Hall
2600 Hwy. 56, Binbrook
Phone: 905­-531-4459
Hamilton Wentworth Catholic Child Care Centres EarlyON Program Schedules

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 to 11:30 am
*Wednesday, 9 am to 3 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 noon

*Closed the last Wednesday of every month


St. James the Apostle
29 John Murray Street, Stoney Creek
Phone: 289-237-1297
Heritage Green EarlyON Program Schedules

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm


Lake Avenue School
157 Lake Avenue, North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-­512-­3998
Wesley – Lake Avenue EarlyON Program Calendars

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm

Closed: When HWDSB closes due to inclement weather

Services en français

Centre pour l’enfant et la famille ON y va – Notre-Dame
400 avenue Cumberland, Hamilton
Téléphone: 905-549-3383
Calendrier du programme ON y va

Heures d’ouverture
Lundi, 10:00 à 14:00
Mardi, 10:00 à 14:00
Mercredi, 10:00 à 14:00
Jeudi, 10:00 à 14:00
Vendredi, 10:00 à 14:00

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
See Check It Out Schedule for more information


Centre pour l’enfant et la famille ON y va - Barton
1320 rue Barton Est, Hamilton
Téléphone: 905-528-0163 ext. 3228 or ext. 3297
Calendrier du programme ON y va

Heures d’ouverture
Lundi, 10:00 à 14:00
Mardi, 10:00 à 19:00
Mercredi, 10:00 à 14:00
Jeudi, 10:00 à 14:00
Vendredi, 10:00 à 14:00

Indigenous Services

Biindigen Community Hub
785 Britannia Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-4884 ext. 401
Niwasa EarlyON Program Calendar

Operating Hours
Monday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, 12 noon to 7 pm
​Friday, 9 am to 12 noon
Saturday, 9 am to 12 noon - First Saturday of the month

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 3 to 5 pm
See Check It Out Schedule for more information

Young Parents Sites

Grace Haven
138 Herkimer Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905­-575-­7500

Operating Hours
Tuesday, 1 to 3 pm


St. Martin’s Manor
500 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton
Phone: 905-­575-­7500

Operating Hours
Thursday, 1 to 3 pm


The Jeanne Scott Parent & Family Resource Centre
1475 Barton Street East, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-4276

Operating Hours
Wednesday 2 to 6 pm

Check It Out Drop In Session
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 2 to 4 pm
See Check It Out Schedule for more information