Early Years Services

In addition to child care, parents and families are able to access early years services such as drop-in programs and mobile resources.

Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYCs)

Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs) offer free programs to parents and caregivers and their children aged 0 to 6 years and provide information about child development.

Eight OEYCs are located in Peel: three in Brampton, one in Caledon and four in Mississauga.

Data is available by Service Delivery Area. See the key map below for these boundaries overlaid by OEYC service areas.

Learning In Our Neighbourhood (LION) Program

LIONs provide mobile early years programs and supports to newly developed and isolated neighbourhoods in Peel with large populations of newcomers and children aged 0 to 6 years.

In 2014, the LION program implemented a new program model, changed the majority of program locations, implemented a new program outcome measuring process, and secured additional resources to support the program.

Three agencies currently operate LIONs at 14 sites:

  • Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP)
  • Malton Neighbourhood Services (MNS)
  • BridgeWay Family Centre

Of the 14 LION sites, 9 are located in Brampton and 5 are located in Mississauga. In 2016, LION locations recorded a total of 12,452 visits. For more information, please contact LION@peelregion.ca or visit www.peelLION.ca.

Family Literacy Program

The Family Literacy Program provides a free series of nine workshops, facilitated by Early Childhood Educators, teachers and other community professionals, to families with children from birth to six years. The Program is offered at 86 locations throughout Peel (39 in Brampton, 42 in Mississauga and 5 in Caledon). In 2016, there were 6,520 participants assisted by 270 volunteers.

Positive Parenting Workshops

Positive Parenting workshops are offered at 12 sites in Peel (five in Brampton, one in Caledon, six in Mississauga) and provide opportunities for parents to refresh their parenting skills, learn new information, and make connections with other parents and caregivers. Participants can access free child care and a light meal while attending workshops. In 2016, 61 workshops were offered to 550 parents.

Early Literacy Workshops

Early Literacy workshops support a variety of early learning environments through their work with families with children aged birth to six years to develop skills and strategies to promote children’s early literacy development. Workshops are offered to professionals and parents through various sites across Peel.

For ELCC professionals, workshops include training and resource supports to help staff identify and respond to program and resource needs. Workshops for parents promote literacy skills, activities, community resources, and the importance of literacy development during the pre-school years.

To connect with an Early Literacy Specialist, contact earlyliteracyspecialists@peelregion.ca.

Child and Family Learning Centres (CFLCs)

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) offers 14 Child and Family Learning Centres (CFLCs)link opens new window or tab at schools in Peel. These centres provide informal learning to parents and caregivers with children from birth to age four. Ten CFLCs are located in Mississauga while four are located in Brampton.

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres (PFLCs)

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres (PFLCs) are offered at six Peel District School Board (PDSB) and five Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) schools in Peel. These centres offer free school-based drop-in programs for families and caregivers with children from birth to age six. Of the 11 PFLCs in Peel, six are located in Mississauga and five are located in Brampton.

Early Learning Programs at Public Libraries and Parks and Recreation Facilities

Local area municipalities in Peel offer early learning programs at public library and parks and recreation facilities:

Parks and Recreation

Public Libraries

Every effort is made to update information on this website as received by provincial, municipal, and community partners. Information is subject to change at any time without notice and should be confirmed with the Region of Peel or Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP).

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Source: Human Services Department (2014)

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