EarlyON Child & Family Centres

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.”

To register for programs, click here.

For more information about programs, contact earlyoninfo@bgchh.com.

To see other EarlyON programs offered in Hamilton, click here.

To access our YouTube videos with activities to do at home, please click below.

Please note that in-person outdoor programming has resumed. EarlyON virtual programming and Grab&Go activities will continue. Updates will be made as they become available. 
 
Children, visitors and staff attending EarlyON programs should follow the most current COVID-19 screening tool from the Ministry of Health (click here). Please see the City of Hamilton EarlyON screening document attached below for more information.  These screening questions that are required to be completed prior to check-in.

Program Calendars

Please click below to see the current program calendars for the Ellis, Hillcrest (Woodland), and Bagshaw (Woodland) sites.

Our Centres

Ellis EarlyON Child & Family Centre

Address: Kiwanis Club (45 Ellis Avenue)
Phone: 365-336-8844
Hours: Pre-registration only. 

Contact Us

Sakina Masoomy
905-549-2814 ext.302
sakina.masoomy@bgchh.com

Woodland EarlyON Child & Family Centre

Address: Hillcrest Elementary School (40 Eastwood St.)
Phone: 365-336-8844
Hours:​ Pre-registration only.

Contact Us

Joanne Mullen
Supervisor, EarlyON Programs 
905 549-2814 ext.302
joanne.mullen@bgchh.com

Hillcrest EarlyON Child & Family Centre (Woodland Outdoor Only)

Address: Hillcrest Elementary School (40 Eastwood Street)
Phone: 365-336-8844
Hours:​ This Centre is temporarily closed.

Contact Us

Joanne Mullen
Supervisor, EarlyON Programs 
905 549-2814 ext.302
joanne.mullen@bgchh.com

Sanford EarlyON Child & Family Centre

Address: 735 King St. E. 
Phone: 905-525-5855 
Hours: This Centre is temporarily closed.

Contact Us

Joanne Mullen
Supervisor, EarlyON Programs 
905 549-2814 ext.302
joanne.mullen@bgchh.com

Bagshaw EarlyON Child & Family Centre – Permanently Closed

Address: Elizabeth Bagshaw Elementary School (350 Albright Road)
Phone: 905-308-2954
Hours: This Centre is permanently closed.

Contact Us

Joanne Mullen
Supervisor, EarlyON Programs 
905 549-2814 ext.302
joanne.mullen@bgchh.com

Prince of Wales EarlyON Child & Family Centre – Permanently Closed

Address: Prince of Wales Elementary School (77 Melrose Ave.)
Phone: 
365 336-4202
Hours: This Centre is permanently closed.

Contact Us

Joanne Mullen
Supervisor, EarlyON Programs 
905 549-2814 ext.302
joanne.mullen@bgchh.com

Adelaide Hoodless EarlyON Child & Family Centre – Permanently Closed

Address: Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School (71 Maplewood Ave.)
Phone: 365 336-8844
Hours: This Centre is permanently closed.

Contact Us

Joanne Mullen
Supervisor, EarlyON Programs 
905 549-2814 ext.302
joanne.mullen@bgchh.com

Family Resources

Songs, Stories & So Much More!

Check below for EarlyON programs created by our RECE team.

Mindfulness & Sensory Play

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.

Our Values

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.

EarlyON Opportunities

  • 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