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About EarlyON - Child and Family Centres

A plan is underway to give more children and families in Waterloo Region access to programs that help them learn, grow and connect together.  Programs for children up to age six are available at Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs); but the Province is creating a better system to deliver these programs. This involves changing the name of OEYCs to EarlyON Child and Family Centres.

In early January, EarlyON signs will go up at OEYCs in the region. These centres will continue to offer a variety of programs and services that support early learning and development, engage parents and caregivers, and make connections for families.

These changes are guided by the Ministry of Education's vision and How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years.

 EarlyON Locations in Waterloo Region

Cambridge Family Early Years Centre

Our Place Family Resource & Early Years Centre

YMCA Early Years Centre

 Learn more about Ontario's Plan for Early Years Child and Family Centres

Your family belongs 

Looking for a safe and welcoming place for you and your family? Ontario Early Years Centres in Waterloo Region are open to all and are offered at no cost. In this welcoming environment, children, parents and caring adults share experiences, feel supported and engage in exploration and play.
 
Centres are accessible and open various hours throughout the day, evening and weekends. Family rooms, kitchens and play spaces are available for your family to use at your convenience. 

​View our Program Statement to learn more about our approach in serving you and your family. 

Learn more about our Core Services, Community Connections and 46 delivery locations: 
A Profile of Waterloo Region Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs)
​OEYCs in Waterloo Region Community Connections and Integrated Service Planning

At the YMCA Early Years Centre you will find....

  • Safe and welcoming environments fostering play and attachment
  • Opportunities to decrease social isolation
  • Purposeful learning opportunities
  • Access to screening tools to support in early identification and intervention 
  • Knowledgeable staff to support you in your role as a parent, caring adult or as a professional working with children and families
  • Opportunities to build relationships within your family and your community
  • A one stop access point for resources and community support

Our centres are funded by the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Education, and adhere to all regulations and standards set out by the Child Care and Early Years Act. Learn more about the new early years rules in Ontario: what providers and parents need to know

Parent Testimonial

 "My daughter was never a good sleeper during the day or night. I started to experience the baby blues and felt isolated at home alone with her. With the lack of sleep I just didn't have the energy to go out. My days revolved around just waiting for her to fall asleep for even just 20 minutes at a time. A friend of mine suggested the Early Years Centre. I was able to  talk with other moms who were experiencing the same feelings as me. I didn't get more sleep but I did get energy from being around other people. My daughter also seemed to be happier when we were out around other people which made my days easier. The Early Years Centre helped me to meet other moms, deal with my baby blues and remove my feelings of isolation. "

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