EarlyON Child and Family Centre Tips for Staff

All EarlyON providers collaborate and integrate services to meet community needs in an efficient and accessible way.

EarlyON centres are expected to reflect the view of children, parents, caregivers and educators as competent, capable, curious and rich in potential and experience. Guided by How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (HDLH)

EarlyON centres provide an environment that views parents and caregivers as co-learners and leaders in influencing positive child, family and community experiences and outcomes.

EarlyOn centres must provide physical program sites where children, parents and caregivers can participate in EarlyON programs and services in-person

EarlyOn centres must offer centre-based core services year round and at least five days per week

Qualified staff teams are responsible for delivering EarlyON programs and services at every centre. Qualified staff teams must include Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) to deliver mandatory core services related to supporting early learning and development. RECEs have specialized knowledge and expertise related to child development and play and inquiry based learning that is essential to delivering high quality early years programs and services.

EarlyON providers are required to provide French-language services where there is an identified need, as determined through local service planning and engagement with parents and caregivers.

EarlyON providers are required to offer programs and services that reflect local Indigenous cultures, as determined through local service planning and engagement with parents and caregivers.


EarlyON Child and Family Centers will provide programs that:

Meet community needs in an efficient and accessible way

Ensure that children and their parents and caregivers have access to the same suite of high-quality, core services regardless of where they live in the province

Enhance public awareness of available programs and services

Provide programs based on demonstrated community needs

Integrate programs with other relevant early years and community services.

Increase access to early years and child care programs and services

Provide access to high quality services that support parents in their role as their children’s first teachers

Allow children access to play and inquiry-based learning opportunities and experience positive developmental health and well-being.

Allow parents and caregivers have opportunities to strengthen their relationships with their children

Provide Francophone children and families have access to french language programs and gain enhanced knowledge about language and identity acquisition.

Ensures Indigenous children and families have access to culturally responsive programming.

Provide parents and caregivers with timely, relevant and up to date information about community and specialized services.


Programs should be:

Child and Family Centred: All programs and services are designed and delivered to meet the unique needs of parents, caregivers and young children to support their developmental health and general well-being.


Welcoming: provide a warm and welcoming environment based on the foundational conditions for supporting growth and long-term success


High Quality: Programs and services are designed to foster positive outcomes and support nurturing relationships for children, parents and caregivers based on the latest evidence and research.


Inclusive: Programs and services are accessible and responsive to children, parents and caregivers with varying abilities and cultural, language, socio-economic, sexual orientation and religious backgrounds


Integrated: Programs and services are developed, coordinated and delivered in a cohesive manner in collaboration with broader community services, school boards, early years partners, primary care providers, parents and caregivers.


Community Led: Communities, educators, parents and caregivers are engaged in designing programs and services that embrace and build on their strengths, address identified gaps and meet their unique needs.