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Updates for the week of June 21st!
  • Book Visits Start This Week! We Still Have Time Slots!
  • Outdoor Programming: Q & A
  • Help EECC Win $20,000!
  • Celebrating Pride: Playlist!
  • All Our Live Programming in a Single Graphic!
  • Easy Links to Playlists and our Social Media Platforms
  • Stories, Songs, Activities: YouTube links from last week!
  • Content Coming This Week!
  • AGM Follow Up: Links to our Annual Report and 2020 Audit
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Outdoor Visits! Free Books!

We still have registrations available for FREE BOOKS and outdoor visits at Kimbourne, for Monday at 9:30. 9:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:45 and 11:15! These will be assigned to the first families who email us by 8 am Monday to grab them! Lots of time slots are also available for Tuesday 22nd/29th, Friday 25th/2nd, Saturday 26th/3rd. We're excited to see all of you again!

In case you hadn't heard, these are short, scheduled, physically distanced visits with families on the lawn at Kimbourne from 9:30 to 11:30 am! We're scheduling about 8 families each hour, so email us to tell us which days and times you'd like to come and watch for a confirmation. Ideally, choose two days to help us with scheduling.. We have books available for infants and kiddos up to 7 years old, including some French books! THANK YOU, Children's Book Bank! Our staff have lovingly prepared small bags of playdough for each child as well!

We've reduced the hours for Virtual Drop-in. The Programming Schedule shows everything going on this week!
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Outdoor Programming Q & A

Q: When will outdoor programming start?
A: We're waiting for updated operating guidelines from Toronto EarlyON, and once we have that, we'll get the programs up and running about a week later.
Q: What happens during outdoor programming?
A: Our staff bring toys that are suitable for outdoor play out onto the lawn. These include small toddler slides, hockey & soccer nets, vehicles, sidewalk chalk, books, etc. They are sanitized after each use and there are labelled containers for toys to be sanitized after children have played with them. Screening for each person is required on arrival, hands must be cleaned and participants are required to be socially distanced from people who are not in their family or caregiving group.
Q: What's the process for registering?
A: We'll make a link available, which will involve questions such as full contact information (for contact tracing), and screening for each person and dates requested. Only people registered may attend. Program dates will be confirmed by email within 24 hours. Since capacity will be limited, not everyone will get their first choice of dates each time but we'll do our best.
Q: What is the schedule?
A: We will announce a final schedule when we're ready to start, but in all likelihood, it will mirror our pre-Covid schedule closely, with programs every morning Monday through Saturday and possibly a late afternoon or evening option.
Q: Will outdoor programming be available all summer?
A: No, unfortunately. Our organization closes for three weeks every August. This year, our closure is August 2nd through the 21st. There will be no in person or virtual programming during these dates.
Q. Will masks be required?
A. We'll let you know when we receive operating guidelines from Public Health/Toronto EarlyON.
Your Donation Could Help EECC Win a $20,000 Gift!
Join the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! Every dollar donated in the month of June gives your favourite charity (is that us? awww, shucks!) a chance to win a $20,000 gift! All donations to EECC support our No Child Turned Away project, which will be more important than ever when in-person programming resumes!
Planning for PRIDE! Pride Toronto Calendar
Free Books For Kids! Science! Yoga!
Music! Puppets! Art! Bedtime!
Find Our Programming Info All in One Place!
Click anywhere on the graphic to access a PDF with live links!
Easy Links to ALL our Recorded Content!
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Land acknowledgements: uncovering an oral history of Tkaronto
Tip: this book is available at the amazing Old's Cool General Store! Facebook
Yoga and Breathing for Anxious Feelings with Gecy!
Puppets and Stories with Lisa!
Circle Time with Clio!
Read Clifford The Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell with Anna!
Anna Reads Biscuit Visits the Doctor by Alyssa Satin Capucilli!
Lisa reads Good Night Maui by Adam Jasper!
Anna reads Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell!
Clio: Le chandail d'Amos par Janet Lunn
Anna reads Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton!
Clio reads The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson!
Anna reads All the Lost Things by Kelly Canby!
In Cantonese: make a moving paper penguin with Anna!
In Bengali: Rashida reads When Tusi's Teeth Fell Out and talks about celebrating the loss of baby teeth!
Coming Up This Week!
  • Here and There by Tamara Ellis Smith
  • Two Tiny Mice by Alan Baker
  • Fandango Stew by David Davis
  • Just Enough and Not Too Much by Kaethe Zemach
  • Not Me by Elise Gravel
  • Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji by Farhana Zia
  • Balloons for Papa by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia
Songs & Activities:
  • Make a Turtle!
  • All Around Our World: Brazil!
  • Family Science: Astronomy!
  • Backyardigans Freeze Dance!
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