Family and Child 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.
As of January 1, 2018, the Province of Ontario has transformed child and family programs by integrating them into EarlyON, a common system that offers a consistent set of core services across the province, as well as others tailored to local needs. The Applegrove Parent/Child Drop-in and the Applegrove Connection are now EarlyON Child and Family Centres. Their hours and contact information will remain the same.
The Parent/Child Drop-In and Applegrove Connection will continue to be community hubs where parents, caregivers and children find programs and services that build on their strengths and help them navigate this journey: where parents and caregivers make connections and build relationships that are essential to realizing a childís full potential; where they can learn, grow and connect together.
Itís 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.
We offer safe and welcoming environments open to all families, in a place where families and caregivers can find support, advice, personal connections and a network of resources. Where questions get answers, anxiety turns into peace of mind and a sense of solitude turns into a spirit of community.
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).
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.
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