Kindergarten Information for Parents/Guardians

For Parents

Calling All Three-Year-Olds... to the Halton District School Board!

The Kindergarten Program in the HDSB

At the Halton District School Board, we believe that together we will learn, grow, and inspire.

In our schools, every student will explore and enhance their potential, passions, and strengths to thrive as contributing global citizens. Beginning in the Kindergarten years, we view children as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential.

The Kindergarten program is a child-centred, developmentally appropriate, integrated program of learning for four and five-year-old children. The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe and caring, play-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of all children.

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Learn more about the Kindergarten Program, as well as resources and supports that are available to support your family and your child as they begin their learning journey in Kindergarten in the Halton District School Board.

Halton District School Board Resources and Supports

Student Services

Learn more about supports for Kindergarten students with special education needs.

Speech and Language

How Speech-Language Pathologists work together with educators to support students in developing their speech, language, and communication skills.

The Welcome Centre

Learn about supports and services for families who are new to Canada or whose first language is not English.

Library Services

Learn more about the school library, and programs, events and books that are available.

Ministry of Education

Some documents are available in different languages.

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A Parents Guide to Full-Day Kindergarten

Full-day kindergarten (kindergarten) is designed to give your child a stronger start in school and in life – by providing an engaging learning program that is based on a child’s natural desire for play. All children enter school capable, competent and ready to learn.

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Full-Day Kindergarten - Preparing Your Child

Full-day kindergarten is designed to give your child a stronger start in school and in life – by providing four- and five-year-olds with an engaging, inquiry and play-based learning program during the regular school day

Child Care Providers

Not sure where to find child care in your area? Check the Before and After School Care information.

YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford

www.ymcahbb.ca

Contact: Lynn Golfi lynn.golfi@ymcahbb.ca

YMCA of Toronto

www.ymcagta.org

Contact: Catherine Hamilton catherine.hamilton@ymcagta.org

YMCA of Oakville

www.ymcaofoakville.org

Contact: Lorraine Pettinatolorrainepe@oakville.ymca.ca

Today’s Family

www.todaysfamily.ca

Contact: Kristina Bockkbock@todaysfamily.ca

Links2Care

www.links2care.ca

Contact: Lynn Bestari lbrading@links2care.ca

Milton Community Resource Centre

www.mcrc.on.ca

Contact: Megan Lantzmeganl@mcrc.on.ca

Munn's Childcare Centre Inc.


www.munnschildcare.ca

Contact: Carol Kinsley

munnsccc3@bellnet.ca

Oakville Parent and Child Centre


www.op-cc.ca

Contact: Donette Phillips

info@op-cc.ca

Pearson Co-Op


www.pearsonco-op.com

Contact: Fiona Weilhouwer

info@pearsonco-op.com


Community Partners and Resources

Halton Student Transportation Services

Halton Support Services

Coordinated Intake for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Halton.

http://cwsds.ca/en/halton-support-services/


Community Living North Halton

Child and Family Services (Ages Birth to 12). Providing support to children and their families, in the communities of Acton, Georgetown, Milton and surrounding areas.

Parents/Caregivers can refer their child to this program by calling The Halton Region at 311. Children must be attending a licensed child care program.

Please ask for Children’s Development Services to complete the intake process. Your referral will be processed at Halton Region and a Resource Consultant from Community Living North Halton will connect with you regarding starting service.

https://clnh.on.ca/services-support/services-for-children/#preschool

Connect Play & Learn Everyday!

The information on the Connect Play & Learn Every Day! website was developed by Halton professionals who work together to support and educate families with young children just like yours. This website includes a 4-part video series is aimed at helping all parents and caregivers build parenting skills and knowledge on child development and more than 40 different activities for infants & children up to 6 years-old and their parents!

https://connectplaylearn.ca/en/Home.aspx

Erinoak Kids

ErinoakKids provides Preschool Speech and Language Services for children in Peel and Halton Region. Children must be referred by their parents prior to June 30th of the year they are eligible to enter Kindergarten Year 1/Junior Kindergarten.

https://www.erinoakkids.ca/all-services/services/preschool-speech-and-language

Complete ErinoakKids’ online Communication Checkup, to see if your child could benefit from their services.

https://www.erinoakkids.ca/all-services/services/preschool-speech-and-language/preschool-speech-and-language-resources/communication-checkup

Halton Region Public Health

Halton Region Public Health provides a variety of resources including information about Regional Childcare Centres, parenting and child development.

Parenting is challenging. That is why Halton Region offers a variety of free parenting programs and support services. We all need a little help sometimes. Access information and programs to help you manage the transition to parenthood, support the healthy development of your child, and help build your confidence as a parent.

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Children-and-Parenting

Halton Region Health Department Nurses

The Halton Region Health Department works with schools to promote the health and developmental potential of children and youth. Public health nurses (PHNs) work with schools to enhance the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the entire school community.

https://www.halton.ca/For-Business/Professionals/School-Years-Program/Curriculum-Support/Promoting-Personal-Injury-Prevention-in-Schools/Public-Health-Nurses-in-Schools

The Halton Resource Connection

The Child Care Directory and Information Line (CCDIL) is a free, centralized one stop information service of The Halton Resource Connection (THRC), and provides families with a customized list of quality licensed child care options that can meet their child care needs for full-time, part-time, before and after school and care during school breaks.

905-875-0235

childcaresearch@thrc.ca

https://thrc.ca/

https://thrc.ca/ccdil

Find the Parent Guide here:

https://thrc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CCDIL-Parent-Guide-2020-1.pdf

HIPPY Halton

HIPPY Halton provides free, in-home preschool education for qualified families of 2, 3 and 4 year old children. The program is presented over 30 weeks.

A Home Visitor meets weekly with Moms to deliver the curriculum. Moms then spend 15 - 20 minutes for 5 days per week teaching pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-reading skills children require for success in kindergarten and beyond. Call 905 582 7860 to see if you can join us!

https://www.hippyhalton.org

Milton Community Resource Centre

Milton Community Resource Centre (MCRC) is a Not–for-profit, multi-service organization that provides services to children and families of Milton and the surrounding communities.

Through our EarlyON sites, we provide early learning programs for children, their parents and caregivers. MCRC’s parent resource library offers a variety resources and workshops including access to our parent educators.

Through our Licensed Child Care programs, MCRC provides quality early learning and care at an affordable cost and subsidy is available for eligible families.

MCRC also operates The Halton Resource Connection, which provides training, support and resources to individuals and organizations working with children and youth.

www.mcrc.on.ca

Ontario Association of Optometrists

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is the leading professional organization representing over1,600 optometrists in Ontario for over 100 years.

The Eye See...Eye Learn Program provides eye exams for students in Kindergarten.

https://optom.on.ca/esel/

Our Kids Network

Our Kids Network, as a collective impact network, builds capacity of community organizations that support children, youth and their families. OKN Champions work together with a common vision and mission to ensure that all children and youth thrive. Our Halton-wide partnership of agencies and organizations mobilizes knowledge and maximizes resources to support Halton professionals in their work towards the Halton 7 population results.

https://www.ourkidsnetwork.ca/

Reach Out Centre for Kids

ROCK is an accredited, multi-service organization providing services to children and youth from birth to 17 years of age and their families. ROCK aims to improve the lives and relationships of families with children who are having social, emotional and behavioural concerns. At ROCK, we function on a multidisciplinary team basis that may include persons trained in psychology, social work, therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education, early childhood education, family and individual therapy, and child and youth therapy.

ROCK holds the new Access and System Navigation Mechanism which, supports one point of access for Halton's Community based Children's Mental Health Services.

https://rockonline.ca/

https://rockonline.ca/live-answer/

City of Burlington, Recreation Services

Burlington Public Library

We help families raise their little ones to be confident students and learners for life. FREE to join, the library welcomes everyone. Borrow, download or stream books, movies, magazines. Watch our storytime and puppet show videos online, attend a livestream event, or learn new skills during our virtual workshops.

Get started at bpl.on.ca @BurlinONLibrary

https://www.bpl.on.ca/kids/

https://www.bpl.on.ca/kids/parents

Halton Hills Public Library

The Library has many resources for families, resources that support children all the way up to adulthood. We invite your family to visit our branches (we have libraries in both Georgetown and Acton). We have the books, media, and activities that help open doors to lifelong learning and to support children's literacy.

https://www.hhpl.on.ca/en/index.aspx

LINKS2CARE, EarlyON Children & Family Centre

EarlyON CFC is a place where families with children ages 0-6 years can come in and play in our learning environments free of charge. We offer both virtual and in person programming daily for families. We also offer learning kits that children can take home with them.

Facebook Page: EarlyON Child & Family Centre-Acton & Georgetown

https://www.facebook.com/earlyyears

Links2care.ca

Town of Milton

Milton offers a variety of registered and drop-in programs for all ages. We offer a wide variety of academic and exploration preschool programs to provide an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and socialize. Our Early Childhood Educators and high-energy program staff will help children learn through play and develop fine and gross motor skills, helping prepare them for kindergarten. We are now offering online virtual programs for community members to participate in from home. We also offer school break programs such as PA Day programs, March Break and Summer Camps.

https://www.milton.ca/en/arts-and-recreation/recreation.aspx

Milton Public Library

The Milton Public Library empowers the community to: Read. Learn. Create. Connect.

Each year we offer a wide variety of programs and services, including special programs for children, teens, adults and the multicultural and business communities.

https://www.mpl.on.ca/

https://beinspired.ca/using-the-library/childrenspage

Town of Oakville

Oakville Public Library

Inspiring Oakville and building community by connecting people and ideas. Oakville Public Library provides access to resources for information and recreation.

https://www.opl.on.ca/

Oakville Parent-Child Centre

In 1980 a group of young moms recognized that Oakville needed a place where parents could meet friends, share their stories, and learn more about parenting. A place that was healthy, safe and offered quality activities and programs for young children. This group of volunteer parents created a special place and called it Oakville Parent-Child Centre (OPCC).

OPCC’s mission is to support, nurture and empower children and their families as they learn and grow together! This is reflected in the commitment we make to our families, in our daily activities and interactions, and in the value we place on early childhood development. We hope to see you at one of our centres soon.

Please visit our website and join our email list to receive our program information and updates.

https://www.op-cc.ca/