Indoor playspace for children with a climbing structure to the left and toddler slides to the right with clipart depicting summer activities around the room

Summer Updates

  • June Calendar
  • Walk N'Roll was a raging success!
  • Summer/Fall at EECC: it's complicated so stay tuned!
  • It's June! Pride and Indigenous History Celebration Resources
  • Toronto Public Library Programs and Farmers Market Updates
  • Events, Links and Resources for Parents and Caregivers
  • Yes...we're still fundraising!
  • 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.

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Walk N'Roll 2024 Was Amazing!

Thank you for the support! Our event raised over $22,000 and counting. We will leave the event donation page open until the end of June and WELCOME MORE DONATIONS to keep our FREE programs running to our year end!

MORE event photos!

We Thank our Event Sponsors and Donors

Summer and Fall Schedules: Stayed Tuned

Bear with us. We hope to have more information for you soon, but for now...

Terry Fox EarlyON: while we originally announced that our Terry Fox program hours would be moved to Kimbourne for the month of July due to TDSB permitting costs, we are now trying to get a permit for Terry Fox for July (and maybe some days in August). Toronto EarlyON may cover permit costs. Fingers crossed and updates soon!

Our Annual Summer Closure: We usually close all programs for the first three weeks of August so our staff can take vacation. This summer, we have a rare opportunity to shorten the closure. A few details:

  • In July, our programs will run as usual at Kimbourne.
  • Week of August 5th: no programs at Kimbourne.
  • Weeks of August 12th, 19th and 26th: We hope to be open at Kimbourne Tuesday through Friday (No Saturdays)

Kimbourne Park United Church is renovating the kitchen this fall.

This will have impacts on programs, as it will not be possible to run indoor programs while contractors are actively working. The work will be loud. Here's what we are hoping for:

  • Outdoor programs at Kimbourne through September and maybe some field trips!
  • Saturdays: we hope to operate indoors as usual as there will be no weekend construction.
  • October: we hope to permit the space at Terry Fox every day and move all Kimbourne programs there temporarily while the renovation continues, maybe into November.

We will keep communicating with you.

Events, Links & Resources for Children, Parents and Caregivers

Celebrate Pride!! 🌈🌈

The 519 Community Centre's Pride Events Calendar

Pride Guide from Pride Toronto

CC's Bar & Grill (just around the corner at 1564 Danforth) is celebrating PRIDE NIGHT on June 14th and Drag Bingo on the 26th (for adults)

On Facebook: the East End Kids's Pride Group

Celebrate Indigenous History and Culture!!

Na-Me-Res Pow Wow: Saturday, June 15th at Fort York

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Indigenous Day Event

Friday, June 21 at 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W

Ontario Pow Wow Calendar

We thank Mississauga Nation for sharing this Pow Wow Etiquette Resource

More events & links!!

Fundraising: It Helps Pay for Programs

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Wondering how to help our organization? We have a jar for cash contributions at the sign in desk at Kimbourne and a Tip Tap Pay device for easy $5 payments.

Make a Tax Receiptable Donation or Become a Monthly Donor

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”.

East End Children's Centre is located on 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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