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EarlyON Child and Family Programs

Welcome to the Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA)’s Child and Family Centre.   Our programs are for families, caregivers, and children 0-6 years of age and offers various fun and play based activities.  We also have workshops, referrals and parenting support services for families.  Our hours of operation includes afternoon, evening and Saturdays, and mornings at our Satellite locations.  Free parking is available at all locations.


Main Site:

Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church (SCBC)
3223 Kennedy Rd, Toronto, ON M1V 4Y1
Monday-Friday: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm-3:00pm
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Satellite Locations:

Dorset Park HUB
1911 Kennedy Rd. Unit 105, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2L9
Tuesday and Thursday:12:45pm-2:45pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-11:00am and 12:45-2:45pm

Banting and Best Public School
380 Goldhawk Trail, Scarborough, ON, M1V 4E7
Monday and Wednesday: 9:00am-11:00am

ACSA’s Child and Family Centre
4139 Sheppard Ave East, Scarborough, ON, M1S 1T1
Saturday: 9:00-11:00am

 

Through socialization we wish to combat isolation.

There are many factors influencing family difficulties in this day and age — our mission is to provide an effective variety of services for families to assist in defining and achieving their own success.

Through socialization we wish to combat isolation- play based programs for children assist in language development for children and family members who attend the programs, and specific school readiness programs further opportunities for success through strengthening learning opportunities.

Overall, we believe the level of program attendance and participation is both a testament to the local need for such programs and to ACSA's ability to welcome and engage children and families in safe, pro social services.      


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Cooking Healthy Together     

In this program, parents and caregivers in the community participate in cooking classes to learn more about low-cost cooking, food safety, multiethnic cooking, effective grocery shopping, nutrition and Canada's Food Guide. ACSA believes that knowledge is the beginning step to facilitate healthy growth and development. This program empowers parents and caregivers by providing effective information aimed at keeping themselves, and their family healthy.

 

Creative Play Success by Six

This program provides a place for children, aged 0-6 years to socialize with other children focusing on early literacy, math and social skills necessary for a successful start to school. ACSA's aim is to combat isolation in our community by promoting parent and caregivers to engage with each other while staff work with parents to tend to the needs of the children during different developmental stages. This program is run from various locations throughout the community with addresses provided below. For further information on the dates and times of each Creative Play program please refer to the monthly calendar or contact ACSA at any time.

  • Child and Family Centre - 4139 Sheppard Avenue East
  • Goldhawk Recreation Centre (Alton Towers) – 295 Alton Towers Circle

 

Kindergarten Readiness 

This program is catered to children preparing to enter kindergarten during the upcoming September. Through this program, ACSA strives to encourage pro social interactions between children and engagement with an Early Education staff at the Child and Family Center, similar to the manner in which children will with a teacher once they enter school. This program is beneficial for children who do not speak English as their first language as it facilitates the opportunity to engage with other children in English. This program concentrates on activities that will occur once the children have entered school such as circle time, hands on learning activities and free play. Furthermore, pro social interactions will be encouraged such as raising ones hand, not speaking out of turn, sharing materials and learning to follow instructions from an educator.  Our goal is to create an environment that will facilitate the most success possible for children entering the school system.

 

Readiness to learn summer program: July-August

This is a great program for children entering Junior/Senior Kindergarten in the fall.  The program will help children and families prepare for school.  During the 2.5 hour program, we include routines and structures very similar to a kindergarten classroom this will also include separation.  Children will also have the opportunity to practice developmental skills which will be utilized during their early stage of learning in Junior/Senior kindergarten.  There will be also registration required for families/caregivers.  Please call us at (416) 299-9872.

 

Public Health Programs

ACSA has partnered with Toronto Public Health to offer various programs at the ACSA head office.

These programs are focused on different levels of child development as well as parenting support and skill building workshops. 

Registration is required and further information can be provided by calling (416) 299-9872.

 

Teen Mothers program

In partnership with ACSA, YWCA is offering a drop in program for young women.  YWCA Toronto offers a free support program in Scarborough for mothers 14 to 22 years of age. In the Teen Mothers' program, we offer opportunities to build positive parenting skills and gain access to resources that support mothers on their parenting journey.

This program initially began targeting young mothers, focusing on single women with babies. The level of participation in this group greatly shapes the programming and workshops facilitated to the group participants. Overall, the teen mothers program has regular group meetings and check ins with the program worker and childcare staff, along with workshops on positive parenting, budgeting, nutrition, career guidance, free meals, and snacks.

For more information please contact Amy Brooks, Program Worker at YWCA 416-266-1232 X30.

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Community voices

"My experience in both Silver Spring Park Reading Circle and Beyond Academics has taught me that to create social change and empower these children I need to be more proactive in the solution"
Lamyaa Hassan, Dorset Park, July 2015

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