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EarlyON & PlayON


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 provides free family programming funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. 

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EarlyON Virtual Classroom

An online community where families have 24-hour access to videos for learning activities such as songs, stories, arts, math and science, as well as parenting and community resources.

Sign Up for EarlyON Virtual Classroom

One on One Consultation

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.

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*NEW York EarlyON platform

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EarlyON Child and Family programs in York Region has now moved to a new registration platform! This new Provincial online registration platform will provide:

  1. an easy way for families to view and register for EarlyON programs across York Region
  2. and filter by site location, program and municipality.
  3. To access the new platform, families are required to create an account with the Children’s Services Portal.


Designed for children between the ages of 4 and 14, PlayON is a program that focuses on physical activity, healthy eating, nutrition, wellness and personal health education. Delivered in partnership with school boards across the GTA, PlayON is funded by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and operates 3-5 afternoons per week between September and June.

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Did you know?

Together with our partners, the Y has provided over 1 million meals to youth who would otherwise go hungry.

“On a weekly basis now, I visit two teens living in an apartment in Brampton. You have helped me deliver hope, care, kindness, and compassion to these youth who needed all of those things. So, thank you for the fruit and the bread and the milk. But thank you the most for allowing me to partner with you to make our community stronger.”

—Vice Principal who uses the Peel Student Nutrition program operating out of a YMCA Child Care centre to bring food to students in need.

Your support helps the Y continue our food security initiatives, from our three permanent food banks to harvesting and distributing fresh food from our farm.