As a faith-filled Catholic community we recognize parents and families as the first educators of our children.
Children's first six years of development set the foundation for their success in school and future well-being. Children's development during these first six years affects their learning, behaviour, and physical and emotional health throughout adulthood.
We have the blessed privilege of journeying with our families and easing the transition from home to school in a number of ways.
Our support of the early years through programs and collaborative partnerships allows us to form a relationship with learners as they begin their journey of growth within the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and towards their vocational calling.
The following links offer ways for families to give their children the best start possible.
Early ON Child and Family Centres
EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free, drop-in programs for children up to six years old and their parent/caregivers. EarlyON centres are places to connect with other families in the community and feel a sense of belonging.
You will be welcomed by qualified early years professionals who can provide support, advice, and helpful resources.
Programs and Resources
EarlyON centres offer children, parents and caregivers a friendly environment that fosters positive learning with a wide range of quality programs and services to help your child reach their full potential, with:
- Programs designed especially for children up to six years old
- Play-based learning experiences such as painting, drawing, building, creating, reading, storytelling, singing and much more
- Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
- Information or referrals to specialized programs and services within the community
- Opportunity to meet and make connections with families with young children
You don't need to pre-register, just sign-in each time you visit. Parents and caregivers participate in the program with their children and are required to stay at the centre for the duration of the visit.
Find an EarlyON Child and Family Centre near you at www.ontario.ca/earlyon
Link to Kindergarten Information
Growing Healthy Kids
Wellington, Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Dufferin Coalition for Kids
Learning & Development
Dufferin Family Directory
Family Education Centre
Peel Child & Youth Initiative - Enrolled by Six
Peel Early Years
Peel Infant Development
Child Development Resource Connection Peel
Success By 6 Peel
Understanding the Early Years
Dufferin Family Directory
The Parent's Journal
Peel Children's Aid Society
Dad Central Ontario
National Fatherhood Initiative
Great Beginnings – Child Development brochure – translated in several languages
Dufferin Family Special Needs Resources
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
Autism Society of Ontario
Canadian Council for Exceptional Children