Free, EarlyON Programs

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What are EarlyON Programs? EarlyON Child and Family Centres support children, parents and caregivers in learning, growing and connecting together. We are passionate about supporting the well-being of all families in our community. The Oakville Parent-Child Centre is proud to offer FREE EarlyON programs for parents & caregivers of children newborn to under 6 years of age. Our programs are located through out Oakville and are welcoming spaces that provide fun ways for families to connect and grow together.

Available six days a week and featuring both an evening and weekend program we are always striving to provide a wide-range of inclusive quality services and supports that can be accessed by all.

Oakville Parent Child Centre (OPCC) believes that our EarlyON programs are a part of the support system that families need to do the most important work of parenting. We recognize that parents are the experts of their children and know them best. By inviting families into a village of support we aim to have parents participate, network and share in the creation of our family-centered values. Whether you are a new parent, returning parent or the loved one of a young child. Our high-quality EarlyON programs are designed with YOU in mind. We hope to see you soon!

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EarlyON, Drop-In Programs

EarlyON Drop-In Schdule
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EarlyON, Drop-In Program Descriptions

Let’s Play!: Join us as we come together to learn and grow through the powers of play! Open to all children under 6 years, this beloved program combines a variety of learning experiences that are sure to engage all the senses through free-play, circle time and more! Together, families will have the chance to connect with EarlyON Educators, build friendships with fellow families and link to resources in the communities. This program also looks to take advantage of any nice weather. Please expect that Educators will be making use of both the indoor & outdoor play environment during our time together. This flexibility in space allows us to follow the families’ leads by sharing in the natural curiosities of the day! Please be sure to prepare to spend time indoors & outdoors.

Baby & Me: Available for age’s newborn to 12 months. It is never too early to introduce your child to the wonderful world of free-play, circle time and new little friends! See your baby blossom and grow as you sing, play and learn together. Enjoy the chance to meet other parents and connect with EarlyON Educators on a weekly basis!

Tiny Tots Playtime: Available for ages 6 to 18 months. Are you looking for ways to let your little one explore the world around them? Whether its fingers, toes, a box or a toy nearby, your little mover is sure to enjoy the chance to discover! Join is for this fun-filled opportunity to explore and learn in an active playtime designed for our tiniest of friends.

Tales and Tunes: Music, singing and stories are an important part of childhood. Join us and share you favourite childhood songs with your little one, learn some new ones, and enjoy stories and nursery rhymes. Active play may include parachute fun, exploring instruments, and more, available to children newborn to 12 months.

Walk & Talk: Time to hit the pavement and get our bodies moving, while the kids enjoy a ride in the stroller. This is a great way to gently move your body, to get some fresh air, connect with families, and make new friends. After our walk, join us indoors for some light refreshments and thoughtful conversation. Open to parents/caregivers with infant's newborn to 12 months. Your safety is our top priority! Please dress for the weather and know that we may change our routes or adjust the program length to adapt to the day's conditions.

Let’s Stroll: Looking for a change of scenery? Craving a way to breakup your day? Look no further – great company, some fresh air, and a gentle stroll can do wonders for all of us! Let’s come together and enjoy a walk through the pathways of Oakville’s local neighbourhoods before finding a shadey spot under a tree to sing songs, share books and chat.  Open to families with children newborn to 18 months in a stroller, wagon or carrier! Your safety is our top priority! Please be sure to dress for the weather and know that we may change our routes or adjust program length to adapt to the conditions of the day. 

Explorons ON y va! Un programme pour les francophones.  Venez vous amuser et apprendre avec votre enfant dans un environnement chaleureux qui invite l'enfant à la decouverte et à l'exploration. 

Weekend Wonders For children under 6 years. It’s time to let loose, explore and try something new. Join us for a Saturday morning program where the focus is on family connection, slowing down and taking time to enjoy time spent together. Our well-equipped playrooms and amazing educators will help to ensure you have what you need to learn and grow together. Please note that program is scheduled to run on Saturday July 13th and Saturday July 27th, 2024, from 9:30 to 11:30am. 

Park Play! with Sparky & The Oakville Firefighters Sparky’s Dog Days of Summer are back and OPCC is thrilled to participate in these community events, generously hosted by the Town of Oakville and run alongside some of our community partners. Join us and the Oakville Firefighter’s as we visit a new park every week, for some fun outdoors and active play, encouraging children to use those big body movements to develop gross motor skills while getting those sillies out! Our activities are designed for children under 6 years; however, the park is a wonderful place for all ages! Click here for dates, location and more information. 

*Kindly note, that any changes to outdoor programs due to weather or air quality will be communicated prior to program start time via social media!  We aim to let families know by 9a.m. for morning programs and 12 p.m. for afternoon programs. When weather could go either way (rain or shine) the EON team will default to running programs outdoors and adjust as needed.


Drop-In EarlyON Programs

No need to register for the following programs - just drop-in!

Park Play! with Sparky & Friends

Sparky’s Dog Days of Summer are back and OPCC is thrilled to participate in these community events, hosted by the Town of Oakville and run alongside some of our community partners.

Come join us along with the Oakville Firefighters as we take our Park Play! program to a different park each week. Enjoy outdoor fun and active play, where kids can engage in big body movements, helping them develop gross motor skills and release some energy!

Our activities are designed for children under 6 years; however, the park is a wonderful place for all ages!

In case of rain or other severe weather, please review to our EarlyON Drop-in Calendar.


Set for School

Tune-in Tuesdays with Ms. Kalli

Now a Drop-In Program for June!


Walk & Talk

Tune into your body every Tuesday and join us for the Walk & Talk program!

Time to hit the pavement and get our bodies moving, while the kids enjoy a ride in the stroller. This is a great way to gently move your body, to get some fresh air, connect with families, and make new friends. After our walk, join us indoors for some light refreshments and thoughtful conversation.

Speaking of thoughtful conversation...

In June, we are thrilled to share that Anne Peace is back and joining our weekly meet ups. A self-described “joyologist” and a life coach, Peace will share her lived-experiences with parents as they navigate their way through the first year of parenthood.

Through acknowledging the life changes that a new parent may experience and the range of emotions that can be a part of that journey, Anne will offer some ideas on how to make the trip more joyful.

Your safety is our top priority! Please be sure to dress for the weather and know that we may change our routes or adjust program length to adapt to the conditions of the day.

Age Group

  • Newborn to 12 months

When

  • Every Tuesday in June
  • Starting June 4, 2024
  • 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Where

  • Viva Oakville Community 1 Sixteen Mile Dr. Oakville Ontario
  • Meet at the main entrance
Set for School

Registered EarlyON Programs

You will need to Register for the following programs.

Set for School

In our newest FREE parenting workshop, Set for School, we will talk about ways to help you and your child prepare for kindergarten. We will give an overview of what the Ontario Kindergarten program looks like and discuss helpful strategies to help set your child up for a successful transition.

Good to Know

  • Parents/Caregivers must have children starting school this September 2024.
  • Registration is required.
  • Online session will be recorded and sent out.

Virtual

  • June 12
  • 1-2:30pm

How to Register

1. Click on the "Register" button

2. Log in / Create an OPCC account

3. Select “Register for EarlyON programs”

4. Select “Virtual Parenting Events”


Set for School

Calm Connections


Let’s face it – we can all get overwhelmed by new situations and this is true for our young children as well!

Would you and your child benefit from a quieter, small group play program? Open to children 2-4 years, join us in EarlyON for all the wonderful things about play into one peaceful package.

Space is limited.

Registration required.

When

  • Every Thursday
  • May 16 -June 20, 2024
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Location
Oakwood

Age

2 to 4 years

Number of Weeks
6

How to Register

  • Click on the "Register" button
  • Log into your Account/Create an Account
  • Select "Register for EarlyON Programs"
  • Select "EarlyON Registered In Person"

Family Support

Interested in attending a parent/caregiver workshop?

Be sure to check out our Parenting & Family Support page for detailed information on programs being offered.