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Ontario Early Years Centres

In Ontario we know the years before six are the most influential to a child's development. How we care for our children during the first six years sets the stage for their lifelong learning, behaviour and health.

To support our children, parents and local communities, Ontario and local municipalities have funded and developed a province-wide network of Ontario Early Years Centres where parents and caregivers can:

  • take part with their children in a range of programs and activities.
  • get answers to questions.
  • get information about programs and services that are available for young children and their families.
  • talk to Early Years professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community.

Kids & Us Community Childcare and Family Education Centres is pleased to host the Ontario Early Years Centre through an agreement with the County of Grey. In Bruce and Grey this provincially mandated program is overseen by the two Family Service Managers' of the County of Bruce and the County of Grey respectively. Since 2002 we have been offering Ontario Early Years programs at our main site in Markdale and in a variety of Outreach locations. We invite you to visit the OEYC Markdale and Outreach site location pages for more information specific to the programs we offer.

What types of services do the Ontario Early Years Centres offer?
An Ontario Early Years Centre is a place for children up to the age of 6 and their parents and caregivers to take part in programs and activities together. Parents and caregivers can also get information about their children's development and about services to support that development.

Every Ontario Early Years Centre offers the services listed below. The programs and services are free to all parents and caregivers of young children.

  • Early learning and literacy programs for parents and children.
  • Programs to help parents and caregivers in all aspects of early child development.
  • Programs on pregnancy and parenting.
  • Links to other Early Years programs in the community.
  • Outreach activities so all parents can get involved with their local Ontario Early Years Centre.

Staff at the Centres can help you:

  • Get ready to be a parent if you are going to have a baby.
  • Help your child learn to talk, play and read.
  • Learn new parenting skills.
  • Meet the needs of your family by offering information about other
    community programs.

Where is the Ontario Early Years Centre and Programs in my community?
In Ontario there are over one hundred Ontario Early Years Centres that offer services to parents, caregivers and young children. Many of these Centres also have satellite sites and mobile programs to serve parents and caregivers in their own communities.

For more information about Ontario please go to;
Provincial OEYC Website

In Bruce and Grey Counties the two counties both post site locations and program calenders on their county websites.

For more information please visit these sites at;
Bruce County site page
Grey County site page

In Southern Grey County Kids & Us has a main program site in Markdale known as the Ontario Early Year Centre-Markdale location. The main site is located in the lower level of Grey Gables, 206 Toronto Street South.

In addition we offer different outreach locations throughout southern Grey County including:

Dundalk, Durham, Maxwell, Flesherton, Brewster’s Lake, Eugenia, Holstein, Chatsworth and Markdale.

When is my Ontario Early Years Centre open?

Ontario Early Years Centres and Outreach sites have different hours. Ontario Early Years Centres offer some services throughout the day, in the evening and the weekend. To find the hours for Ontario Early Years Programs offered by Kids & Us please visit the Markdale or Outreach page of our web site.

Are the services free?
Yes. All services at Ontario Early Years Centres are free to parents and caregivers of young children.

Contact Us
If you have a question about your child's development, or want to know how to get information or access services for children up to the age of 6, please call or visit your Ontario Early Years Centre.