Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFC)

OEYCFCs are great places for adults and children 0 – 6 years of age to drop-in, meet, share, play and find friendly support and information. Welcoming staff provide fun, interactive activities for you and your child(ren) to enjoy and learn together.

These activities set the stage for lifelong learning. The programs are free and open to everyone with children 0 – 6 years of age. 

The Program consists of  two main sites located in South River and Parry Sound and satellite programs located in schools and community buildings throughout the District of Parry Sound.

Parent Workshops

The programs offer free parenting workshops that are designed to strengthen and promote positive adult-child relationships. Parents and caregivers can develop skills to better deal with the joys, challenges and stresses of being a parent/caregiver. All parents/caregivers have questions – come and share yours. Check with your local program for more information.

Early Literacy

The Early Literacy Specialist visits the Centres regularly to support early literacy. In all of the programs, parents and caregivers can find books to read with babies and children. They can also learn new songs, rhymes and finger-wiggle poems while enjoying circle time. Watch in wonder as you assist your children to learn new skills that will help them be ready for school and lifelong learning.

The Early Literacy Specialist also provides free workshops for parents/caregivers and staff on many different topics. Watch the bulletin board at your  OEYCFC or visit www.foreverychild.ca for more information.

Great Beginnings

Prenatal Nutrition Program

If you are having or have just had a baby, come and join us. Learn about pregnancy, baby care and healthy eating through the “Prenatal Nutrition Program.” You will find free healthy food to take home, tasty snacks, prenatal vitamins, child care, transportation (if needed) and workshops.

Growing Up Program

If you are a parent with children 0 – 6 years old, come and make new friends and share parenting challenges while your children play in a safe and stimulating environment through the “Growing Up Program.” You will find free tasty snacks, child care, transportation (if needed), food vouchers and workshops.

Great beginnings is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and provided by HandsTheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca. For more info call 1-800-668 -8555.

No vehicle? Having trouble finding a ride?

Please contact us if you have transportation challenges and we will try to help!

The Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres are funded by the Ministry of Education, Early Years Division and operated by the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board in partnership with many other community organizations.

For locations and schedules please call:

705-746-9522 / 1-866-850-8855 or visit www.foreverychild.ca

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