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Free, high-quality drop-in programs for families.

EarlyON centres offer free, high-quality drop-in programs for families and children from birth to 6 years old. You can learn and play with your child, meet people and get advice from early childhood professionals.

These centres offer safe and welcoming environments open to all families across Hamilton, with qualified professionals and quality programs. Families and caregivers can find support, advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources.

James Street EarlyON Centre - New Hours

Mondays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA, 79 James St S.

Westmount EarlyON Centre - New Hours 

Wednesdays from 8:45 am - 12:45 pm.

Sundays from 10:30am - 2:30pm
Westmount Recreation Centre, 35 Lynbrook Drive.

Gourley Park EarlyON Centre 

Thursdays from 9am - 1pm
Gourley Park, 142 Duncairn Crescent (Behind James McDonald School) - Outdoor program

N2N Athens Street EarlyON - Opens July 4th

Tuesdays from 8:00am - 12:00pm
28 Athens Street - Email -

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Virtual Programming

EarlyON Centres currently offers a variety of virtual programs for families. Virtual programming includes live events such as story, music and gathering times, as well as videos and activities that families can do at home with their children. Programs focus on creativity, bonding, socialization and exploration.

In-Person Activities

All EarlyON programs are required to have families reserve and/or register in advance of participating in programs and services.