March & April Updates

  • Save the Date: Our Annual General Meeting is April 25th
  • June 1st is our Street Party Fundraiser
  • March & February Calendars
  • STEM for Kids returns in May!
  • Eclipse Resource Roundup!
  • Toronto Public Library Programs
  • Events, Links and Resources for Parents and Caregivers
  • Public Health Nurse and Lactation Consultant Visits at Kimbourne
  • Toronto Public Library Programs
  • MORE ways to support EECC!
  • Great news about expanded Saturday hours!
  • Drop Off Non-Perishable Food for Nellie's
  • List of Local EarlyON programs
  • Procedure and Protocol Reminders
  • Land Acknowledgment
  • 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.

More details to come! Meet & Greet with EECC's Board of Directors, Family friendly with dinner included! RSVP

June 1st is our Street Party Fundraiser!

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What: WalkN'Roll 2024 Street Party!

Why: to have a blast, strut our stuff on a celebratory parade, make some noise, jump in the bouncy castle, eat delicious food, win prizes and raise money for Kimbourne and Terry Fox EarlyONs!

When: June 1st, 9:30 - 12 pm

Where: Outdoors at Kimbourne EarlyON! 

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STEM for Kids returns in May!

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EECC is getting ready to welcome your 3 and 4 year olds for some fun STEM play! Children must have reached their 3rd birthday in order to participate. The program operates on Friday mornings 9 - 11 am in May and June as well as September and October. Younger siblings are welcome. Register here.

Events, Links & Resources for Children, Parents and Caregivers
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Eclipse Resources!

Ontario Science Centre Eclipse Resource Page, including an Eclipse Simulator!

Government of Canada's Guide to Solar Eclipses

Solar Eclipse Safety by the Canadian Association of Optometrists

From Toronto Public Library!

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More events & links!!

Fundraising: It's Crucial to Maintaining the Programs You Love!

THANK YOU to the participants who have joined our growing list of Monthly Donors!!

THANK YOU to the participants who tap our Tip Tap Pay device on visits to Kimbourne or drop cash into our donation jar!!

THANK YOU to donors who make occasional online donations through our Canada Helps page!!

THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up for this year's Walk N'Roll Street Party event!

It takes all of us to create and maintain responsive programming for this community, and we're so grateful to everyone who helps!


One Week Left for this Monthly Donor Match/Boost Campaign!

🌟 Exciting News!

Join our "Make it Monthly" initiative and make a lasting impact. Your monthly gift, big or small, will be boosted by $20 thanks to @CanadaHelps. 🤝

💖 Double the love!

Increase your monthly donation to EECC, and @CanadaHelps will match it with an extra $20.

MORE ways to support EECC:

  • We're always looking for prizing and sponsorships and would love to leverage your connections! Can you connect us to corporate donors and sponsors for Walk N'Roll Street Party 2024?
  • YES! We are still fundraising through Mabel's Labels and receive a 20% commission on all orders. Click on the link and type East End Children's Centre into the search bar before you start your order.
  • Are you a season ticket holder for local sports teams or performing arts? Consider donating a pair of seats to an upcoming event!
  • We need gift cards! Presidents Choice would be amazing, as would cards for most local stores!
  • Are YOU a local business owner who would like to sponsor the Walk N'Roll Street Party? Have a look at our sponsorship package. We're happy to work with you to develop a marketing plan for your business.

Did You Hear the Great News??

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Our Saturday program now opens at 9 am!! Saturdays are extremely popular and our Board decided that we couldn't adequately serve all the families who need this program with just 2.5 hours a week!

Saturdays at Kimbourne:

9 am - 12 pm

Drop Off Food at Kimbourne for Nellie's

Nellie's Shelter for Women is now operating a weekly food bank out of Kimbourne Park United Church! EECC is accepting non perishable food to pass along to Nellie's. Their primary need is for canned protein (chicken, tuna, salmon, beans...) and canned vegetables. This food bank mainly serves older women, so does not need infant formula. Thank-you!

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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!

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 optional 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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200 Wolverleigh Blvd. Toronto, ON M4C1S2 | charitable no 101544351RR0001
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