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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. While drop-in centres are closed for public safety, EarlyON will provide virtual and outdoor programming for you and your child.

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Find a Program

Click the links below for program calendars in your area:

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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EarlyON We are here for you!

*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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Find a PlayON Location



Durham Region

Ajax Alexander Graham Bell PlayON

Ajax Lester B. Pearson PlayON

Ajax Terry Fox PlayON

Oshawa Dr. C.F. Cannon PlayON

Oshawa Glen Street PlayON

Oshawa Hillsdale Public School PlayON

Oshawa Mary Street PlayON

Oshawa Village Union PlayON

Oshawa Woodcrest Public School PlayON

Pickering Bayview Heights PlayON

Pickering Fairport Beach PlayON

Whitby Bellwood Public School PlayON

Whitby Colonel J.E. Farewell PlayON

Whitby Dr. Robert Thornton Public School PlayON

To learn more about PlayON or to register your child, please email:

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