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Family and Child Programs

Family Resource   |   Pre/Post-natal Care   |   Therapeutic Play

Family Resource Programs

Parents or caregivers bring their children up to age 6 to Applegrove's two free family resource programs to play, socialize and learn in a safe, supportive environment. These programs reduce adults' isolation and support children's development.

Children enjoy crafts, the sand table, puzzles, song and story circles, snacks and more. Adults exchange parenting information, access resource libraries, attend workshops, learn about community services and lean on the staff and each other.

Applegrove   |   Applegrove Connection (formerly Edgewood)

  • Applegrove Parent/Child Drop-in
    Open year-round,
    Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm.

    60 Woodfield Road, lower level
    View Google map here

    Additional services include trips, parenting workshops, a clothing exchange, parent relief (respite care for regular participants) and a child care exchange (notices from child care providers and parents looking for child care).

    Afternoons are a good time to bring your babies with fewer people and a baby-focused circle time. Feel free to come any time, with special welcome to babies and their parents or caregivers between 12:30 and 1:30 pm daily.

    Download the January calendar (PDF, 1.46M).

  • Edgewood the dragonThe Applegrove Connection (formerly Edgewood)
    Please note hours and location:
    Open year-round except summer time,
    Tuesday and Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 1 pm.

    31 Eastwood Road (just east of Coxwell), lower level of the Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church
    (enter via the door on the west side, closer to Coxwell)
    View Google map here

    View the January calendar (PDF, 419K).


FREE Pre- and Post-natal Program:
Helping Our Babies Grow

Monday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 am,
Closed on statutory holidays.

Must live between Greenwood and Victoria Park Avenues, and south of Danforth.

Women enter the program when they are pregnant and continue until their babies are 6 months old. Weekly sessions include nutrition workshops, information about pregnancy and children's development, healthy snacks, assistance with transportation (TTC tickets) and a $10 grocery voucher. Special sessions (such as potlucks and craft days) enhance the informal support that participants offer each other. Skilled staff members offer information and referral to other community resources. Meanwhile, the women's older children enjoy a playgroup, participate in song circles, play with puzzles or try a craft project. The women can borrow items from the resource, toy and equipment lending libraries, or take home something from the clothing exchange.

This perinatal program supports women through a particularly vulnerable period and helps to connect them to ongoing resources. Partners in this program include Public Health, the East End Community Health Centre, and the federal government via the Canada Pre-natal Nutrition Program (CPNP).

Therapeutic Play: Over the Rainbow

Over The Rainbow is a therapeutic play group for young children who are experiencing behavioural and/or emotional difficulties in their interactions with other children or their parents. The program consists of 8 weekly sessions for children and parents.

Children use music, art, drama and story-telling to explore feelings, experiences and behaviours, while parents discuss concerns in a supportive group environment.

All children can have difficulties adjusting their emotional states to different life situations and as a result may be moody or have trouble listening, waiting, and/or making changes in routine. There can also be difficult social times when children learn to play and interact with other children. However, this group is designed for children who are having more difficulty than others and whose parents worry about the children's social and emotional health.

This program is funded by the United Way of Greater Toronto's Success by 6 ® program.

For more information contact Michelle Baer.
Phone: 416-459-4769
Email: overtherainbow@ApplegroveCC.ca