Child and Family Programs

Child and Family 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. The services vary from program to program and may include:

  • parent/child drop-in
  • moms & tots programs
  • playgroups
  • toy, equipment and book lending
  • information and referrals to other resources
  • parent education workshops
  • parent/caregiver relief
  • child care registries
  • family literacy/numeracy

Most programs are offered free of charge although some may ask for a voluntary donation. Their hours of operation vary but most are open a few mornings or afternoons a week and some programs open in the evenings and on weekends.

Toronto Public Health, Parks Forestry and Recreation and the Public Library also run programs for parents and caregivers and their young children.

Ward reports provide the location and contact information for child and family programs in Toronto. Call the programs directly to find out more about what they have to offer.

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