The Ontario Early Years Centre at San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Elementary School in Markham turned one this January. Operated by the YMCA, the centre offers family-centered, drop-in school readiness programs for parents/caregivers and their children up to the age of six.
Programs vary throughout the year, and some are specifically designated for a particular age group. Programs may include: Music and Movement, Getting Ready for Kindergarten, Infant Massage, Come Sing with Me, and Parent-Child Mother Goose.
Since the centre opened last January, it has served more than 260 children and 315 adults. Adults always attend the programs with children, and the adults include mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers. The centre also serves as a great place for new parents as there is a wealth of information and resources for caregivers, as well as fun toys and activities for children.
Drop by and meet the knowledgeable staff, other parents, and caregivers. The centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Call 1-866-297-9622 to learn about program hours and the current age-specific programs being offered.