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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 

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

P: 289 659 9400

Westmount EarlyON Centre - New Hours 

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Westmount Recreation Centre, 35 Lynbrook Drive.

P: 289 659 9400

Gourley Park EarlyON Centre 

Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gourley Park, 142 Duncairn Crescent (Behind James McDonald School) - Outdoor program.

P: 289 659 9400

N2N Athens Street EarlyON - New Hours

Fridays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
28 Athens Street - Email - earlyon.n2n@ymcahbb.ca P: 289 659 9400

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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.