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Growing Up Healthy Downtown

COVID-19 update: All in-person group activities for children and youth are cancelled until further notice. You can still contact the program staff remotely for support.

Growing Up Heathy Downtown is an eight-agency collaborative health promotion partnership providing programming and support for families with young children (0-6) living in downtown Toronto. Parents and caregivers and their children are invited to drop in to this program and take advantage of our friendly atmosphere.  This program is designed to facilitate family/caregiver support where children and their family/caregivers can interact with one another and learn and play together.

Drop-in activities include an indoor playground, arts and crafts, music and movement and parent relief. There is also a summer school readiness program offered in the summer to help prepare four- and five-year olds for the transition to school.

The program is located at 248 Ossington Ave. and operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings between 9:30 am and 1:00 p.m. There are no fees for the drop-in program.

Parent Relief

This program provides free on-site childcare for children 0-6 of age for up to two hours. Parent relief takes place during the hours of Growing Up Healthy Downtown.  Please book your parent relief at least 24 hours in advance, in person or via telephone by calling (416) 532-4828 x 161.  Please make sure you speak with someone to book your parent relief, as no voicemail bookings will be accepted.  There are no fees for the Parent Relief program.

Family drop-in 

This group takes place on alternate Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is a favourite with dads! All parents and caregivers and their children (0-6 years) are invited to exchange ideas and enjoy quality time together. The objective is to foster healthy parenting and encourage learning of new skills and awareness of healthy child development.

For more information please contact the Children, Family & Youth Programs Coordinator at (416) 532-4828 x 126.