Kindergarten Information for Parents/Guardians

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

Read below to 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.

The Kindergarten Program in the HDSB

At the Halton District School Board, we believe that together we inspire every student to learn, grow, and succeed.

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.

Halton District School Board Resources and Supports

Student Services

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

Speech and Language

Learn more about how Speech-Languge Pathologists work together with educators to support students in developing their speech, language, and communication skills.

The Welcome Centre

Learn more 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.

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.ymcatoronto.org

Contact: Catherine Hamilton catherine.hamilton@ymcagta.org

YMCA of Oakville

www.ymcaofoakville.org

Contact: Lorraine Pettinatolorrainepe@oakville.ymca.ca

Milton Community Resource Centre

www.mcrc.on.ca

Contact: Megan Lantzmeganl@mcrc.on.ca

Links2Care

www.links2care.ca

Contact: Lisa Brading lbrading@links2care.ca

The Family Place

www.thefamilyplacechildcare.com

Contact: Sandra Vierirafamilyplace1982@gmail.com

Today’s Family

www.todaysfamily.ca

Contact: Kristina Bockkbock@todaysfamily.ca

Kerr Street Ministries

(off site provider)

www.kerrstreet.com

Contact: Wajma Weerawajma@kerrstreet.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

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/Services/Services/Speech-and-Language-Therapy.aspx

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

https://www.erinoakkids.ca/Resources/Growing-Up/Preschool-Speech-and-Language-Resources/Communication-CheckUp.aspx

Halton Region Children’s Services

Halton Region Children's Services provides a variety of resources including information about Regional Childcare Centres, parenting and child development.

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 is a free service of The Halton Resource Connection (THRC), and provides families with a customized list of 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.

https://thrc.ca/

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. 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

Psychology Foundation of Canada (Kids Have Stress Too!)

Resources, tips, and activities to help kids handle stress.

How to Help Kids Handle Stress

Preschool and Kindergarten Toolbox Activities:

https://strongmindsstrongkids.org/Public/Kids/Tips-and-Strategies.aspx

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.

www.optom.on.ca

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

Engaging Burlington in building 21st century literacies, lifelong learning, and community connections. Free for use t everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Burlington.

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 not yet in grade one can come in and play in our learning environments free of charge. We also offer virtual programming daily for families on our Facebook Page.

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

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

https://townofmilton.perfectmind.com/23453/Clients/BookMe4?widgetId=15f6af07-39c5-473e-b053-96653f77a406

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/

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

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.

We are currently offering a half day drop-off program where children can create new friends and develop their social skills. In January registration will open for our Kindergarten readiness program. As well we offer our free EarlyON programs where parents can sign up for programs that they can attend with their children ages newborn to 6 years. During this time, we have also created virtual programming. Sign up is required for all programs. Please visit our website and join our email list to receive our program information and updates.

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