Child and Family Centre
Are high-quality, free drop-in child and family
programs that support early
learning and development
for families with children (0-6yrs.)
Supported by qualified Early Years
professionals families can find
support, get advice,
make personal connections
and access a network of resources.
At Dixie Bloor Neighborhood Center, we provide inclusive and high quality service that promotes developmental health and well-being of children of 0-6 yrs. while affirming caregivers in their role as children’s first teachers and enriching their knowledge about early learning and development.
We are committed to …
- Engaging Parents and Caregivers
- Supporting Early Learning and Development
- Making Connections for Families
- All children have the best start in life to create a sustainable society
- All children experience learning that engages and builds success for life
- All families are supported by high quality services
In partnership with families and communities, we enrich the lives of children through our programs, resources and support. We believe that.
- Childhood is a time to make meaning of the world, develop identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships.
- Families deserve and can benefit from authentic and responsive supports, and that families cannot do it alone.
- Children are ready to learn at birth and they learn best when they are supported by nurturing and responsive caregivers and in environments that are welcoming, nurturing, inclusive and that promote sense of wellbeing,
Our Guiding principles
- Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
- High Quality and Equity
- Respect for Diversity
- Ongoing learning and reflective practice
Reggio Emilia Approach
Is an innovative and inspiring approach to Early Childhood Education with the following concepts:
Respect for the child as strong, capable, curious and full of potential; having a central role in the learning experience and having ownership of and place to develop their own love of learning in collaboration with others.
Emphasis on building relationships and networks between children, educators, caregivers and the greater community.
The power of the learning environment is in its potential to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement that support a child’s natural desire to learn by promoting children’s exploration, play and inquiry in the context of nurturing relationships.
Family Engagement/Learning takes place not just within the program but also at home and throughout the community. We promote an integrated learning community, where educators, caregivers and administrators work together to meet the needs of the children.
All expecting parents, parents, caregivers and home child care providers have access to high quality services that support them in their role.
All children have access to inclusive, play and inquiry-based learning opportunities.
All parents, caregivers and home child care providers have a better understanding of early learning and development, find it easy to access support, and are provided with an accessible, non-stigmatized place to seek help.
Meet our amazing educators
As early year’s educators, we have the power and responsibility to make a difference for children and their families.
Early childhood is a period of life where there is a huge potential to improve the current situation and the future of children who access EarlyON centres.
"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
“Every child deserves to have someone’s eyes light up when they enter the room.”
Dr Jean Clinton
"Our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent, and, most of all, connected to adults and other children."
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”
"When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself."
"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."
"Don't be afraid of giving kids responsibility, be there to guide and support them, not just to do things for them."
“Children are not things to be molded but people to be unfolded."
“If we could see the world through the eyes o a child we could see the magic in everything”.
“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
“The well-being of children is inseparable from the well-being of critical adults in their lives.”
"Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes to drain it dry."
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold."
How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and child, and family programs. It supports pedagogy and program development in early years settings that is shaped by views about children, the role of educators and families, and the relationships among them. It builds on foundational knowledge about children and is grounded in new research and leading-edge practice from around the world.
How Does Learning Happen? inspires critical reflection and discussion among those who work with children and their families in early years settings. It includes goals for children, expectations for programs and questions for reflection that provide a starting point for thinking about the types of environments, experiences, and interactions that bring out the best in children, families and educators. It will help to strengthen the quality of early years programs and services across Ontario as we explore together, how learning happens.
Together, we cultivate authentic, caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging with other children, the adults around them and their environment.
We encourage communication and expression in all forms and at all stages of development.
In our program, we promote environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative, and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry.
Early childhood programs nurture children's healthy development and support their growing sense of self.
Programs for all ages (0-6)
- Family Time drop –In
- Songs and Story Time
- Literacy Afternoon
- Move and Grove
- Physical Literacy
- Nature Walk
- Nature Walk
Age Specific Programs
- Infant Mother Goose
- Infant Massage: 0-12 months’ old
- Toddlers 18 to 32 months
- Preschool Fun with Learning – 30 months to 5 years
- Make The Connection 0- ; 1-3 Supporting secure attachment and optimal functioning
- Kids Have Stress Too – Raising Resilient Children
- Setting The Stage for Successful Behavior
- Baby Love – Supporting Infant Mental Health
- Nobody’s Perfect
Healthy Start: Prenatal to 3 months’ post-partum
A non-registered prenatal program for pregnant women needing extra support. Women are provided with a nutritious snack or meal while participating in a workshops/educational sessions facilitated by a Social Worker, Dietician or Public Health Nurse. Group discussions and one-to-one support are available. Child care is offered on –site for older accompanying children.
Great Start for New Parents: Parents with Newborn
Weekly discussion support group for parents/caregivers of a new baby who may at times find their new role overwhelming and isolating. Meet other parents and share ideas, thoughts and experiences. Childcare will be provided in the centre while attending the program.
- Peel Children’s Centre Preschool Consultation
A preschool consultant is available to discuss your questions and concerns regarding your child’s behavior, social, and mental health. Speak with staff to pre-book an appointment.
- Peel Aboriginal Network- PAN
Journey Together Program
This program is led by Indigenous RECE Child and Family Outreach Worker.The goal of the program is to provide Indigenous –led cultural activities and awareness for both Indigenous and non –Indigenous Children and Families ; increasing general knowledge of Indigenous culture in an inclusive environment. The program may include hand drumming, story telling, art, group time and smudging .
- Burnhamthorpe Public Library
A program for families with children that promotes a love for books and the joys of reading and literacy through songs, rhymes and stories. These activities build vocabulary, Interest in and enjoyment of books. When children engage with books they will be supported to notice print and make connections with a spoken word while building knowledge how to handle a book. Being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, knowing letters are different from each other, knowing their names and sounds and recognizing letters everywhere.