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Extraordinary Lives Start With a Great Catholic Education

Early Years




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​​As a faith-filled Catholic community we recognize parents and families as the first educators of our children.

Children's first six years of development set the foundation for their success in school and future well-being. Children's development during these first six years affects their learning, behaviour, and physical and emotional health throughout adulthood.

We have the blessed privilege of journeying with our families and easing the transition from home to school in a number of ways.

Our support of the early years through programs and collaborative partnerships allows us to form a relationship with learners as they begin their journey of growth within the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and towards their vocational calling.

The following links offer ways for families to give their children the best start possible.

Early ON Child and Family Centres   

​EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free, drop-in programs for children up to six years old and their parent/caregivers. EarlyON centres are places to connect with other families in the community and feel a sense of belonging.

You will be welcomed by qualified early years professionals who can provide support, advice, and helpful resources.

Programs and Resources

EarlyON centres offer children, parents and caregivers a friendly environment that fosters positive learning with a wide range of quality programs and services to help your child reach their full potential, with:

  • Programs designed especially for children up to six years old
  • Play-based learning experiences such as painting, drawing, building, creating, reading, storytelling, singing and much more
  • Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
  • Information or referrals to specialized programs and services within the community
  • Opportunity to meet and make connections with families with young children

You don't need to pre-register, just sign-in each time you visit. Parents and caregivers participate in the program with their children and are required to stay at the centre for the duration of the visit.

Find an EarlyON Child and Family Centre near you at   ​

Link to Kindergarten Information




Peel Health

Growing Healthy Kids

Kids Health

Wellington, Dufferin Guelph Public Health

Dufferin Coalition for Kids

Learning & Development

Dufferin Family Directory

Family Education Centre

Peel Child & Youth Initiative - Enrolled by Six

Peel Early Years

Peel Infant Development

Child Development Resource Connection Peel  

Success By 6 Peel  

Understanding the Early Years


Dufferin Family Directory

The Parent's Journal

iParenting Canada

Today's Parent

Parenting iVillage

eParenting Network

Peel Children's Aid Society

Dad Central Ontario​​

National Fatherhood Initiative

Multilingual Resources

Great Beginnings – Child Development brochure – translated in several languages

Parents Matter

Special Needs

Dufferin Family Special Needs Resources

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario

Autism Society of Ontario

Canadian Council for Exceptional Children

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