In light of increasing COVID numbers due to the Omicron variant, in consultation with Hamilton Public Health we have made the decision to temporarily close all indoor and outdoor EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs. In person EarlyON programs will remain closed until January 7, 2022 at which point we will reassess to determine when it may be safe to reopen. We apologize for the short notice and know that some families will be disappointed to hear this news, however we are committed to doing everything possible to keep families and children safe.
About our Centres
EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free programs for families, caregivers, and their children, prenatal to age 6.
EarlyON is a community hub where parents, caregivers, and children can find programs and services that build on their strengths and help them navigate this journey. Where parents and caregivers can start making connections and building relationships that are essential to realizing a child’s full potential. Where they can learn, grow, and connect together.
“It’s here that children can learn, play, laugh, be curious, make friends, and engage with others. Where they can build their sense of belonging and capacity for expression, enhance their own well-being, and explore and engage with the world around them.”
Please click below to see the current program calendars for the Ellis, Hillcrest (Woodland), and Bernie Morelli sites.
Ellis Program Calendar
Hillcrest Program Calendar
Bernie Morelli Program Calendar
Community Announcements & Updates: January 2022
To view the Community Announcements & Updates please click here.
Bernie Morelli EarlyON Child & Family Centre
Address: Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre (876 Cannon St E)
Hours: Pre-registration only.
Songs, Stories & So Much More!
Check below for EarlyON programs created by our RECE team.
Mindfulness & Sensory Play
Science & Fun
Community Resources & Support
Check below for other resources to access in the community.
Blind Low Vision Early Intervention Program
The Blind Low Vision Early Intervention Program is designed to give children who are born blind or with low vision the best possible start in life. Specialized family-centered services are funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and are available for children from birth to school entry. The program provides education and support for parents so they can encourage the healthy development of their children. Parents learn to help their children develop the skills they need for daily activities at home and in early learning and care settings. For more information, please click here.
Early Words, Hamilton Preschool Speech and Language Program
From the time they are born, children start communicating. Very early in their lives, they learn to understand what you are saying and to make sounds of their own. They are beginning to develop speech and language skills that will help them make friends and learn to read, and later, to succeed at school and in life. Communication skills are critical to your child’s future success. For more info about Early Words, please click here.
City of Hamilton Virtual EarlyON Schedule
While many Hamilton EarlyON centres remain closed due to COVID-19, there are a variety of virtual programs available such as story telling, music, and gathering times. There are also activities that families can do at home with their children aged 0-6 years. EarlyON centres are also offering Indigenous and French Language programming for families.
Infant Hearing Program
The Central South Infant Hearing Program (CSIHP) serves the Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton, and Niagara communities. The Regional Infant Hearing Program Office is located in Hamilton. The Central South IHP is part of a provincial system of twelve Infant Hearing Programs. Contact information for the other regional sites are available through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website. Please click here for more information.
Niwasa EarlyON Child & Family Centre
Niwasa EarlyON provides children from birth to age six opportunities to engage in play with parents and caregivers. The centre offers a safe and welcoming environment to all families, with qualified professionals and quality programs. They provide a range of parenting, health, and educational resources for families. Niwasa integrates How Does Learning Happen and Indigenous Pedagogy into their regular programming to provide a holistic, child-directed, play-based learning experience. They incorporate the cultural diversity of our community in their programming. Visit their website for more information.
We are compassionate
We care about the well-being of the communities we support.
We are determined
We empower parents and families by building on their child’s abilities and helping them realize their full potential.
We are inclusive
We strive to make everyone feel like they belong.
We strive for excellence
We offer the highest-quality programs guided by qualified professionals.
- Participate in play-based learning activities in a fun, safe and family friendly environment
- Focus on child development and the early acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills
- Obtain information on pregnancy, parenting and child development
- Enhance your skills through parent education, workshops and resources
- Be informed about services in your community
- Discuss your concerns with professionals on your child’s development, dental health, nutrition, speech and language, and vision