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Healthy Child Development

Early Learning

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Early Learning Centres
Parkdale-High Park Ontario Early Years Centre

CDI’s Healthy Child Development programs, provides an inclusive early learning experience in a safe and supportive, play-based environment.

We recognize that:

  • Children learn through active involvement.
  • A planned curriculum supports early learning.
  • Qualified, nurturing teachers are considerate of each child’s individuals needs and are aware of their capabilities. 
  • Partnerships with families and community strengthen the ability of the early childhood programs to meet the children’s need.

Early Learning Centres

Child Development Institute operates six Early Learning Centres across the City of Toronto.  Our Centres are licensed by the Ministry of Education, and we maintain specific health, safety, fire and program standards outlined in the Day Nurseries Act and the Toronto Operating Criteria.Our Directors and teachers are Registered Early Childhood Educators and Early Childhood Assistants.

Each Centre has a fee subsidy agreement with the City of Toronto Children’s Services. For more information about subsidies, please contact Toronto Children’s Services at 416-392-5437 or www.toronto.ca/children.

Early Learning Centre locations
Click here for a list of Early Learning Centre locations. For further information, please contact the Centre directly.

Our childcare philosophy

  • We believe in inclusivity and learning through play and modeling.
  • We recognize that each child’s natural desire and ability to learn.
  • We work in partnership with families to promote optimal growth and development.
  • We provide a safe, nurturing, environment in which active exploration, discovery and expression of different learning styles are encouraged.
  • We believe that through play children discover the working of their world.
  • We believe the teacher’s role is to prepare and guide each child’s learning.
  • We believe a prepared learning environment serves to facilitate the process of play and sustains the child’s interest.
  • We believe that play motivates children’s learning and provides a bridge from their current to future language, intellectual, social and emotional development.

As one of CDI’s three core service streams, the approach at our Early Learning Centres also reflects many of the agency’s values:

A family-centred approach
We welcome parent feedback and parent involvement through volunteering in the early learning program.  Each Centre maintains an active Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). In addition, CDI’s Family Resource Workers are available to support families/ Families have access to CDI’s early intervention programs, if needed. 

Inclusion
Our Early Learning Centres support inclusion of children with special needs, we embrace cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity.

Communities
Each Centre strives to link with the local community to connect families and children to neighbourhood resources to develop and expand their social network.  

Continuous learning and knowledge sharing
Our Early Learning Centres serve as placement facilities for post-secondary Early Childhood Students, keeping us connected and current with the latest in child development knowledge. Our highly-trained staff also participate in ongoing professional development.

Click here to download the Early Learning Centre Parent Handbook.

Parkdale-High Park Ontario Early Years Centre

The Parkdale-High Park Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) offers a variety of free programs and services for parents, caregivers and children under the age of six. Programs and services include:

  • Early learning and literacy programs
  • Parenting programs such as Mother Goose and Nobody’s Perfect
  • Public health lead prenatal program and parenting education program
  • Access to a Toronto Public Health nurse
  • Click here to view our latest program calendar

CDI operates the OEYC in partnership with St. Christopher House. Our community partners include:

  • Creating Together
  • St. Christopher House
  • More Than Child’s Play
  • Queen Victoria (Public School) Partners
  • College Montrose
  • 4 Villages Community Health Centre (Early Years 2 Program)
  • Parkdale Community Health Centre

All services are free of charge. Families are referred for more specialized services as required.

The Parkdale-High Park OEYC is located in in the Dundas West and Keele neighbourhood at 2918 Dundas St. W. For information, please contact 416-762-3700.