EarlyON Child and Family Centres 

  • Places where parents, caregivers and children build strong relationships with each other and connect with other families and EarlyON professionals in person or virtually
  • Offer a variety of programs and services that meet the unique needs of children and families in an inclusive environment
  • Provide resources, referrals, and workshops with up-to-date information for all stages of your family life, from preconception and prenatal care, to nutrition, toilet training, toddler curiosity, and early school experiences
  • Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education through Niagara Region Children’s Services

At this time, our EarlyON Child and Family Centres operated by the YMCA of Niagara are closed to the general public for indoor programming as per directives from Niagara Region Children’s Services. We look forward to the gradual reopening our centres and remain committed to keeping you informed. Thank you for your patience.

Currently, a range of virtual services are available to engage and assist children, parents and caregivers.

New! In August we will introduce in-person outdoor programming at our Grantham Centre. Pre-registration is required, and capacity is limited. These family-based programs will be offered in alignment with strict COVID-19 protocols intended to maintain the safety of participants and EarlyON professionals.

Click here for more information. 

EarlyON Child and Family Centres Virtual Services

Indoor programming at our YMCA EarlyON Child and Family Centres is currently closed in alignment with local directives from Niagara Region Children’s Services and Public Health.

EarlyON Program Facilitators continue to provide services for children, parents and caregivers virtually. We are here to support you, answer questions and provide activities, resources or referrals by telephone, email and through our social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Parents and caregivers may also sign up for interactive sessions offered online such as circle time, children’s activities, parent education workshops, and informal discussions.

Reach us by telephone Monday to Friday.

Or contact us via e-mail: [email protected]

Our EarlyON Professionals provide tips, resources, videos, contests and fun activities for you and your family on our social media channels.

Or to see our past social media posts, check out our Weekly Resource Summaries.

Weekly Resource Summaries 
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June 22-30June 13-21June 3-12May 25-June 2
May 19-25May 7-18April 30-May 6April 20-29
April 13-20April 4-12March 23-April 3March 13-22
March 6-12February 20-March 5February 12-19February 3-11
January 25-February 2January 19-25January 11-18January 1-10

To access more resource summaries that we shared with families in 2020, click here.


  • Walker Family YMCA Centre
    25 YMCA Drive, St. Catharines, ON L2N 7P9
  • Grantham Centre
    469 Grantham Avenue, St. Catharines, ON L2M 3J2
  • Thorold Centre
    15 Pine Street South, Thorold, ON L2V 3L1
  • St. Anthony’s Catholic Elementary School Centre
    81 Rykert Street, St. Catharines, ON L2S 1Z2

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