Dept. of Children and Youth

Dept. of Children and Youth

The focus of the Department of Children and Youth Services is on programming that is geared towards children, youth, and families.  The department promotes family wellness that encompasses physical and emotional development. Children, youth, and families participate in a welcoming and supportive environment that allows them to actively explore and interact with others in the community.

The Family Resource Centre Drop-in Program

The Family Resources Centre provides parents and caregivers of young children (0-6 yrs old) with a dedicated drop-in area where they can interact with their children in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. Both children and parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate in a variety of skill building and social activities that help the growth of the child.

The program’s focus is on preschool readiness and Healthy Start. The program also encourages and supports new immigrants to connect with other parents/caregivers in their community through language based discussion groups and activities.

Programming includes:
  • Parent/caregiver or early years Drop-in
  • Parent Respite/Relief
  • Pre & Post Natal Program
  • Language Specific Discussion Groups (Urdu,Punjabi, Spanish and Somali)
  • Workshops
  • Ready for School
  • Playgroup
  • Lending Library
Hours of operation:

The Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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School Age Program

The School-Aged Program provides a safe, reliable, high quality child care program offered in a warm stimulating environment. The focus is to promote the emotional, physical, social, and intellectual well being of children ages 6 to 12.

The program also supports students of George Syme Community School through the daily meal program  providing  breakfast, snack, and hot lunch.

Programming include:
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sports/team work
  • Homework club
  • Spring Camp
  • Summer Camp
  • Breakfast, snacks and lunch
Hours of operation:

During the school year, the program operates Monday to Thursday from 3:20 PM to 5:00 PM

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Youth Program

The Youth program provides middle & high school students and older youth in the Jane and Woolner neighbourhood with a safe and welcoming environment where they can participate in a wide variety of targeted activities. Activities are designed and developed in collaboration with the youth and reflect their current needs and interest.

The programs are offered at George Syme Community School and easily accessible for youth to attend. Programs run from Monday to Friday during the fall, winter, and spring.  Summer hours vary and are dependent on current partnerships.

Programming include:
  • Recreational Sports Drop-In
  • Workshops
  • Spoken Word
  • Dance Group
  • Girl FriendzClub
  • Open Discussion Groups
  • Outreach
Hours of operation:

Monday: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tuesday : 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Friday: 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Outreach Wednesday: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Fridays Girl friendzClub is from 4:00 PM to 6: 30 PM then merged to Youth Program onwards.

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