YMCA Family Support programs bring parents, children, caregivers and entire families together. Early Learning experts support the delivery of formal and informal services that help families communicate better with each other and make connections within their communities.
EarlyON provides free family programming funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. During the province-wide shutdown, EarlyON will provide virtual programming for you and your child.
Find a Program
Contact us for a schedule of EarlyON locations in your area.Contact Durham EarlyON
EarlyON @ Home
The EarlyON @ Home program sends fun, age-appropriate lessons and activities right to your inbox for free.Sign Up for EarlyON @ Home
We understand how challenging these times can be for parents. You’re not alone in this. Whether you are looking for support, have a parenting question, or just need to talk to someone on our team, we are here for you. Email and let us know how we can help you. Support is available in English, Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Kurdish, Tagalog, Hindi, Assyrian, Turkish, and Urdu.Email Us
EarlyON Child and Family Centres are safe and inclusive environments where children ages 0–6 can participate with their parent/caregiver in play-based programs and activities promoting healthy child development. At EarlyON centres, you’ll also find programs and workshops that allow you to connect with your community, obtain advice from qualified professionals regarding subjects relating to child-rearing, and learn about local family services and resources.
EarlyON is committed to bringing families together in supportive and safe environments. All programs will follow guidance from the Ministry of Education and local Public Health units, and all staff are trained to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Safety measures in all our child care centres and programs include:
EarlyON staff is ready to welcome you back, or meet you for the first time. Watch this short video to learn about the safety measures our programs have implemented to make things safer for you and your family.
Help the YMCA spread good vibes during Y Be Kind, a 21-day celebration of kindness, compassion and caring. Here at the Y, we value the importance of being kind. From June 2 until June 22, join the celebration by spreading kindness in your homes and across your communities.Find out More
With free online programming delivered live by EarlyON staff, from our living rooms to yours!
Check out the calendars below and register for interactive programs, every Monday to Saturday live on Zoom
Drop in for Parent/Child Circle & Storytime, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30am. No registration required
The Durham Supervised Access Program provides a stepping stone towards renewing relationships in a neutral, child-focused setting
Since March, our Family Support Programs have stepped up to support our communities by: