Helping Children Grow

EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer a variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of families living in the District of Thunder Bay. 

Our EarlyON Child and Family Centre Sites Offer:

  • Inquiry and play-based learning (where we follow the child's interest through play). This way of learning is proven to improve developmental health and well being.

  • Professionally trained staff.

  • Quality programs that support early literacy, parenting, equity and healthy living.

  • Social interaction for families.


Drop In

All children aged newborn to 6 years old are welcome. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow their child’s lead and immerse themselves in the wonder that children experience through play and exploration. Our environment is designed to foster children’s well being, belonging, expression and engagement. Children, families and educators are viewed as co- learners, learning with children, about children, and from children. 

Dad’s Night Drop In

Dad’s Night Drop In allows Dad to have an opportunity to engage with their children, to network with other Dads, and to HAVE FUN!! All dads, step dads, grandpas, uncles and special male role models are welcome to join us on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 pm. Come ready to play in our new Indoor Active Playspace located in Northwood Mall at Communities Together for Children.

Active Playspace

Join in on some active play with your children. Physical activity is so important in the healthy development of children and here they will have an opportunity to try our many new skills! 

We have :

  • large blocks for building
  • tricycles and riding toys
  • climbing wall
  • mats for crawling and climbing
  • loft
  • slide and so much more!

Autism Drop In

Friends and family of children living with Autism are welcome to join in the drop in or attend workshops. Workshops are designed to provide information to families including an overview of Applied Behaviour Analysis as well as strategies to manage challenging behaviour and to increase/ improve skills. This is a good opportunity to share your experience, receive support from others, and build new relationships. 

Postpartum Program

Have you given birth in the last year and had mood changes for greater than two weeks? Mood changes can include feeling sad or tearful, loss of interest, changes in eating or sleeping, feeling exhausted but unable to sleep, feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, anxious or angry, trouble bonding with baby. Consider taking part and meet other women who are having a similar experience after baby. To find out more about this group please visit http://www.sjcg.net or call 624- 3400 or email postpartum.sjcg@tbh.net. 

Babies Day Out

Babies Day Out offers a comfortable, fun and inviting atmosphere for parents and their babies up to 12 months of age. At Babies Day Out, parents have the opportunity to meet guest speakers, Public Health staff and Early Childhood Educators. We plan informal discussions on helpful topics such as infant care, parenting and growth and development that are relevant in the first year with baby. Join us for circle time where we will sing songs and interact with the babies to       stimulate brain development and enhance attachment and bonding. Discussion begins at 1:30. 

Sherbrooke Public School

110 Sherbrooke St., Thunder Bay


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McKenzie Public School

1625 Lakeshore Dr., Thunder Bay


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