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.
Welcome to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board - Baptism Brochure
Early ON Child and Family Centres
EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free 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 free, high-quality programs for families and children ages birth to 6 years old. You can learn and play with your child, meet people and get advice from early childhood professionals. More information about EarlyON programs in Peel.
- 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
Find an EarlyON Child and Family Centre near you.
Link to Kindergarten Information
Wellington, Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Dufferin Coalition for Kids
Learning & Development
Family Education Centre
Peel Early Years
Peel Infant Development
Child Development Resource Connection Peel
Peel Children's Aid Society
Dad Central Ontario
National Fatherhood Initiative
Great Beginnings – Child Development brochure – translated in several languages
Dufferin Child and Family Services
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
Autism Society of Ontario