Updates for the week of July 12th!

  • NEW Details & Registration Links for Outdoor Programming!
  • Quick Poll About a Return to Indoor Programming!
  • Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action: Education
  • All Our Programming in a Single Graphic!
  • Easy Links to Playlists and our Social Media Platforms
  • We're Pausing Toy Donations! Ideas for Where Else to Donate.

Outdoor Programming: A Success!
two white parents site together on the lawn while their toddler perches at the top of a small red slide
a while child wearing a light blue dress and sunhat holds a plastic hockey stick with their arms spread wide in a cheering gesture
a parent wering a mask holds a child on top of a small toddler slide  while another child plays next to them
a parent and infant sit on the lawn next to a memorial of orange shirts hanging on a clothesline
a small group of white children sit on the lawn playing with trucks
a group of adults with children sit socially distanced on the church lawn singing songs
white person wearing a face covering peers through a large bubble resting on a bubble wand outside in front of a leafy tree
Outdoor Programming varies a little, week by week, over the summer. Bear with us! We're sharing the lawn with a summer camp and working on getting indoor programming up and running soon!
  • Location: front lawn of Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd.
  • Participants must pre-screen and pre-register each adult and child who will attend a session
  • Adult screening questionnaire: Screening Adult TPH
  • Child screening questionnaire: Screening-child-TPH eng
  • Registration link for week of July 12th (still lots of space!)
  • Registration link for week of July 19th
  • If you request program dates, please monitor your email for our confirmation. Check in with us at eastendprograms@gmail.com if you don't hear from us after registering or have questions.
  • Programs are restricted to groups of 25 including staff. We ask that all registered participants keep their commitment to attending programs unless they are sick.
  • Outdoor Programming Q & A for the uninitiatated!
  • Weeks of July 12th, 19th, 26th: Monday through Friday, 9:15 – 11: 15 am. Saturday 9 am – 12 noon
  • Week of August 1st: Tuesday through Saturday 9 am – 12 noon
  • Weeks of August 9th, 16th, 23rd: Annual Organizational CLOSURE
  • Week of August 29th: TBA
Indoor Programming Is Coming Back!
Our staff have been busy!busy!busy! getting ready for indoor programming! We're waiting for Toronto EarlyON to provide Operating Guidelines for INDOOR programming! Click the button above to participate in this quick poll (1 - 2 questions) to help us with planning. While there is much unknown, including our start date, we are presuming the following will be required:
  • pre-registration
  • limited numbers
  • masking for over age two
Thanks for your help! Watch this weekly newsletter for a start date and registration links!
94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action:
orange background with indigenous symbols in black arranged in a circle around the text Every Child Matters
In the coming weeks, we will share Calls to Action. This week's section addresses Education.

6.We call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada. (Section 43 concerns hitting/striking children, also sometimes called spanking)

7.We call upon the federal government to develop with Aboriginal groups a joint strategy to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

8.We call upon the federal government to eliminate the discrepancy in federal education funding for First Nations children being educated on reserves and those First Nations children being educated off reserves.

9.We call upon the federal government to prepare and publish annual reports comparing funding for the education of First Nations children on and off reserves, as well as educational and income attainments of Aboriginal peoples in Canada compared with non-Aboriginal people.

10.We call on the federal government to draft new Aboriginal education legislation with the full participation and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples. The new legislation would include a commitment to sufficient funding and would incorporate the following principles:

i.Providing sufficient funding to close identified educational achievement gaps within one generation.
ii.Improving education attainment levels and success rates.
iii.Developing culturally appropriate curricula.
v.Protecting the right to Aboriginal languages, including the teaching of Aboriginal languages as credit courses.v.Enabling parental and community responsibility, control, and accountability, similar to what parents enjoy in public school systems.
vi.Enabling parents to fully participate in the education of their children.
vii.Respecting and honouring Treaty relationships.

11.We call upon the federal government to provide adequate funding to end the backlog of First Nations students seeking a post-secondary education.

12. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for Aboriginal families.

Next week's Calls to Action 13 - 17: Language and Culture

Outdoor Programs!
Science, Puppets, Art, Bedtime on Instagram!
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Easy Links to ALL our Recorded Content!
Where to Donate Gently Loved Toys
Please DON'T drop off bags of toys at our door. We're a little overwhelmed right now with in-person programming starting up! Here are some other ideas:
  • The Salvation Army on Overlea Blvd is accepting donations.
  • The Tiny Toy Co repurposes and upcycles toys, especially small plastic pieces, to keep them out of landfill and create theme based kits.
  • Freecycle Toronto
  • Freecycle Facebook Page
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