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October & November Updates

  • Holding Space and Wishing for Peace
  • October and November Schedules
  • Local Pumpkin Parades!
  • Costumes welcome on the 30th and 31st!
  • Baby Time Guest Speakers!
  • Events, Links and Resources for Parents and Caregivers
  • Toronto Public Health Resources and Parenting Webinars
  • Fundraising: It Helps Pay for the Programs You Love!
  • We're Recruiting RECEs
  • Samiha is interviewing participants to help EECC get grants!
  • Remembering Jenny Lowell
  • List of Local EarlyON programs
  • Land Acknowledgment
  • Procedure and Protocol Reminders
  • Stroller Parking at Kimbourne

Are you new to East End Children's Centre? Welcome. We're so glad you found us! Learn more about our locations and staff team here.

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We are holding space for all community members impacted by the Israel-Gaza conflict and wish peace for all suffering from individual and collective trauma.

Talking to Children When Scary Things Happen

Mental Health Supports

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Local Pumpkin Parades and Other Halloween Celebrations for Families!

Pumpkin Parade at East Lynn Park on November 1st poster hosted by DECA

Local Pumpkin Parades, all on November 1st:

Halloween Hullabaloo poster contact the 519 Community Centre for information
Halloween Food Truck Festival at Variety Village Oct 298 and 29
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Please note:

While we are not hosting halloween parties, we are welcoming costumes (no toy weapons such as swords or lightsabers please!) on Oct 30th at Terry Fox EarlyON and Oct 31st at Kimbourne EarlyON (morning drop-in and Baby Time). We're definitely looking forward to seeing how cute all the kiddos and adults look in their costumes!

Please do not bring candy of any kind to our programs. Other nut-free treats for sharing are fine.

Baby Time Guest Speakers in November!

  • Thursday, November 9th Toronto Public Health Nurse Debbie is visiting our Baby Time program at 1 pm. Bring your child and family health questions! Baby Time is at our Kimbourne site.

  • Tuesday, November 14th 1:30 - 2:40 pm: Registered Lactation Consultant Meredith Briglio is visiting! Bring your questions about infant development: ALL ways of feeding, sleep, and general infant well being and care!
Events, Links & Resources for Children, Parents and Caregivers
Fundraising: It Helps Pay for the Programs You Love

Thanks to everyone who made our first year of fundraising with Mabel's Labels a success! With the proceeds of this fundraiser, EECC was able to purchase:

Shop for Labels and Support EECC

Search for East End Children's Centre at this link, then shop for all your labeling needs for your family's shoes, hats, bags, water bottles -- and so many other items you want to keep track of! EECC gets a 20% cut of all sales.

East End Children's Centre is a registered charity!

So many of our participants donated directly to our Canada Helps page, or fundraised for East End Children's Centre's Walk N'Roll event. Thank you!!

How are we spending those dollars? SALARIES. Salaries are our biggest, most important and most underfunded expense. Salaries = program hours and keep our fantastic programs OPEN!

A significant portion of our operating budget must be fundraised every year. Use our DONATE NOW button to make a one-time donation, become a monthly donor or donate in honour or memory of a special someone!

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East End Children's Centre is looking for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) to be part of our amazing team! Are you:

  • relaxed and curious around small children?
  • passionate about child-led learning and play?
  • knowledgeable about supporting parents, caregivers and communities?
  • a Registered Early Childhood Educator?

Apply to our Posting
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Our TMU placement student Samiha is interviewing participants! The purpose of this project is to create short narratives of families and/or children for use in funding applications for our organization. Your identity will remain private if you choose to be interviewed.

Contact us to ask questions or participate, or approach Samiha directly at Kimbourne EarlyON on Thursdays or Terry Fox EarlyON on Friday.

Remembering Jenny Lowell

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We are sad to share the unexpected passing of Jenny Lowell, who actively supported multiple non-profit work locally and globally for most of her life.

Jenny was our bookkeeper for 30 years, and retired only last year. We have her to thank for our organization's ongoing financial stability. She was hands on in supporting South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre for decades, Riverdale Share, and served on many boards of directors including Interval House. She was personally dedicated to Reconciliation long before the concept was more generally understood. Jenny was a live organ donor.

In her personal life, Jenny was a mother to Kira and Matt, a grandmother to Avery and a wife to Paul. She was a traveler, a serious foodie and loved her cottage on Lake Kashwakamak.

Jenny is loved deeply and will be missed so much by her friends, neighbours, family and fellow community activists.

Here is a list of other local EarlyON programs:

Applegrove EarlyON

Cosburn EarlyON

Danforth EarlyON (including Saturday programs and Baby Programs)

Family Resource Connection (including Baby Programs)

Bookmark our Linktree on your phone for quick access to our schedules!

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Treaty agreements were made to last as long as “the sun shines, the grass grows, and rivers flow.

East End Children’s Centre is located in Tkaronto, now known as Toronto, which in Mohawk means ‘where there are trees standing in the water”. Today, Tkaronto is covered under Treaty #13 and the Williams Treaties. It is the traditional territories of many First Peoples, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples.

These nations continue to experience ongoing colonization and displacement– where land acknowledgements are offered in place of land itself.

This territory is part of ‘the Dish with One Spoon’ wampum, a Treaty made between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas, and Haudenosaunee, where nations entered into an agreement to protect the land and responsibly care for its resources in harmony together.

As settlers, newcomers, refugees, and Indigenous peoples, we have all been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect. We are also mindful of broken treaties that persist across Turtle Island today and recognize our responsibilities as Treaty people to engage in a meaningful, continuous process of truth and reconciliation with all our relations.

We remember those who came here involuntarily, particularly those brought to these lands as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery. This city was built on stolen land and stolen labour of Black, Indigenous, and racialized people.

What we now refer to as Canada was also built on the labour of many immigrant and migrant communities. From the transcontinental railroad to farming and food production, the country heavily relied (and continues to) on the talent, skill, and hard work of racialized people. In exchange, many of them are denied residence, and they continue to go through punishing immigration experiences and perpetuating racial disparities.

By being on this land, we are all responsible for upholding its treaties. Treaty agreements were made to last as long as “the sun shines, the grass grows, and rivers flow.

We invite you to learn about the Indigenous Nations that care for the land you are on, and where you might come from, visit to learn more.

Procedure and Protocol Reminders for Everyone
  • Masking is RECOMMENDED by Toronto Public Health at this time. We have a limited supply of masks currently, and ask participants to bring their own. LINK
  • Please self-screen and STAY HOME if you or the children are not well. Our organization has always required self-screening for cold, flu, gastro-intestinal symptoms, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and any suspected or confirmed communicable illnesses. We ask for the same vigilance you've shown all through the pandemic.
  • Please be sure to scan your KEyON tag when to arrive at program. Be sure to let us know if you have lost it, so we can give you a new one. Hack: take a photo of the QR code on your tag!
  • We will continue sanitizing high-touch surfaces and baby toys daily.
  • Please place toys that have been in a child's mouth into the labelled container for toys that need immediate washing.
  • Please clean your hands and your children's hands on arrival at our programs, after blowing or wiping your/your child's nose, before and after playing in the sandbox, before and after snack and after using the washroom.
  • Please take home your used diapers (we have bags!) and please never flush wipes down our toilets.
  • EECC is known for our sense of community. Thank you in advance for being welcoming and supportive of everyone, including parents and caregivers whose choices differ from yours and children who may be neurodivergent and need accommodation.

Stroller Parking Tips

  • Please be prepared to park your stroller on the lawn on days when the stroller room at Kimbourne fills up and bring a lock so you can lock it to the railing way up on the hill. Sadly, a stroller that was not locked was stolen from our lawn the past spring.
  • If you're able to secure a spot in our stroller parking room, please park with BRAKES OFF, to make it easier for us to manoeuver strollers as needed.
  • Please... NEVER leave your stroller on our ramp at Kimbourne, as this disrupts accessibility and evacuation procedures.
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East End Child Parent Development Centre of Metro Toronto |416-469-0495
200 Wolverleigh Blvd. Toronto, ON M4C1S2 | charitable no 101544351RR0001
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