Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
Parenting and Family Literacy Centres are free, school-based drop-in programs for parents, grandparents, and caregivers with children from birth to age six. Each centre is staffed by an Early Childhood Education (ECE) certified Parent Worker, and offers a variety of fun learning activities. Through music, stories and play, children can start to build essential skills like sharing, early literacy and numeracy, and communication.
The centres provide opportunities to:
- become familiar with a school building and general routine
- become familiar with the play-based, full-day kindergarten curriculum, and help children transition more easily
- borrow age-appropriate and multilingual books
- build connections between families
- discuss parenting concerns and seek referrals if necessary
- establish positive home-school connections
- get information about community resources
- participate in a family literacy program that helps children develop essential skills
- promote optimal child development through positive parent-child interactions
You don't need to pre-register, just sign-in each time you visit, as many times a week as you want. Every child must be accompanied by an adult who stays at the centre for the duration of the visit. Parents and caregivers can bring more than one child.
A daily nutritious snack is provided for all during the program. Coffee and tea are available for adults. You may wish to bring lunch (a microwave and refrigerator are available). All of our schools are nut free and your particular school centre may have other food restrictions; please speak to the parent worker at your centre before bringing in any food.
The centres are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday during the school year and follow the school calendar from September to June.
Find out more about each centre
Cooksville Creek P.S.
Massey Street P.S.
Morton Way P.S.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier P.S.
For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions below, contact us at 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2363, browse our brochure or visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to pre-register?
Registration is not required. You will need to simply sign-in each time you visit as do all visitors to our schools.
Is there a fee to attend?
No. The program is free to all who attend.
Do I have to stay with my child in a Parenting and Family Literacy Centre?
Yes. Every child who attends a centre must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I bring more than one child?
Yes. Siblings and home child care providers are welcome.
Can I come more than once per week?
All centres are open Monday to Friday at the times listed above. Families are free to visit the centres as many times per week as they choose and can stay for any length of time within the centre’s hours.
Can I bring a snack for my child(ren)?
A daily nutritious snack is provided for all during the program. Coffee and tea is also available for adults. You may wish to bring lunch if you would like to stay over the lunch hour. We have a microwave and refrigerator available. Please be aware that all of our schools are nut allergy aware and that your particular school centre may have other food restrictions. Please speak to the parent worker at your centre before bringing any food in with you.