Children

EYET offers numerous direct services and programs for children whose parents or
caregivers live in East York or East Toronto. If you would like to find out about
them, CLICK HERE. This section provides useful information about the many other programs and services available to families across the city through other service providers and various levels of government.

If you are dealing with an emergency, and you need help with other services like food banks or crisis centres, CLICK HERE

Child Care

How do I apply for a child care subsidy?
To find out if you qualify for a subsidy and, if you do, how to begin your application process, CLICK HERE

Where do I find the nearest child care centre?
There are over 900 licensed child care centres in Toronto. If you want to see everything that is available, the City of Toronto offers a full listing.

Are there child care services for children with special needs?
Yes. Child care programs receive funding so that every child can actively participate. To find out what is available to your child, CLICK HERE.

How do I find out about Aboriginal or francophone child care centres?
For a listing of Aboriginal child care centres, CLICK HERE.  For Francophone child care
centres, CLICK HERE.

What is the new Early Learning Program and how do I enroll my child?
Starting this September, kindergarten programs in 600 schools will expand from ½ day to a full day and provide the option of fee-based before and after school child care for families who need it. To find out more, CLICK HERE.

Child Development
Early Identification of special needs in children are an important part of successful interventions.  Healthy Child Screenings ensure that potential barriers to a child’s ability to learn are identified so that appropriate referrals can be made.

How do I know if my child’s skills are developing normally?
The Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) explores a child's skills’ development in the following areas: vision, hearing, speech, language, communication, gross motor,
fine motor, cognitive, social/emotional and self-help. If you are concerned about your child’s development and whether they are reaching their age-appropriate milestones, please contact a member of EYET’s Early Learning and Care department or call 416-686-3390.  We’ll be happy to explain more about the Nipissing tool and/or arrange for a screening for your child.

Programs

What is an Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC)?
Parent and caregivers can take part with their children in a range of programs and activities. In addition, you’ll get answers to questions; get information about programs and services that are available for young children and their families; and talk to early years professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community. Each OEYC is led by a local community agency that delivers programs to families with children, aged 0 – 6, in partnership with other local service providers.

What is a Family Resource Program (FRP)?
Family support programs are neighbourhood meeting places for parents and caregivers and their young children. They offer a friendly environment for children to play, learn and make new friends while providing opportunities for parents and caregivers to meet and develop social networks. These programs provide a range of services and resources that help strengthen parenting skills, support parent education and foster healthy child development. CLICK HERE for more information.

What other programs are available?
Toronto Public Health offers many free parenting programs:

  • Nobody’s Perfect is for parents with children 0-6 years old who are looking for new strategies for effective parenting.
  • The Incredible Years is for parents of children 2-6 years who are exhibiting challenging behaviours and need ideas and support. Both programs run for 6 – 12 sessions, lasting 2 hours per week.
  • Living and Learning with Baby is a 5-week parenting program delivered by Toronto Public Health Nurses. The program focuses on parents: sharing knowledge and experiences of being a parent, meeting other new parents and learning about Toronto Public Health services and other community resources.
  • Make the Connection, a 9-week program for parents or caregivers with children from birth – 1 year. The program focuses on important topics such as helping your baby feel close to you and feel good about him/herself; saying no to your baby with love and helping your baby discover his/her world.
  • Peer Nutrition Program provides free nutrition education and support in many languages to promote healthy eating for your children 6 months – 6 years.
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children is a program for pregnant women and families with children up to 6 years. You can also contact Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 for information about this program.

Beyond the Basics is a 10-session group program for parents and caregivers with children up to age 6 who are required (or recommended) to attend parent education classes.  The program allows parents to develop new strategies and skills for effective parenting in an environment that is supportive and understanding.

The Toronto Public Library's 99 branches have books, CDs, DVDs and more in many languages. Highspeed internet access is available for all ages. Kids’ Space is a family-friendly website with lots of ideas about how to get children engaged in reading and information about loads of great programs.

Recreation and fun! CLICK HERE to find out more about parks, swimming pools, ice skating as well as links to lots of other activities offered by the City of Toronto.

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