Since January 2018, Ontario’s children and families have had access to enhanced programs and services through EarlyON Child and Family Centres. Shelldale Family Gateway is a provider of funded EarlyON programs, while also offering a wide variety of non-funded programs for children, youth, and families.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles. These centres offer safe and welcoming environments open to all families across Ontario, with qualified professionals and quality programs. Families and caregivers are able to find support, advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources.

In Guelph and Wellington, this new work enhances our current services being delivered by Shelldale Family and our previous Better Beginnings Better Futures programs.  We will continue to keep you informed of any changes or new announcements during this multi-year transition process.

The new EarlyON centres have transformed Ontario’s four child and family programs by integrating them into one common system that offers a consistent set of core services across the province, as well as others tailored to local needs. The existing programs that have been consolidated under the EarlyON umbrella are:

  • Ontario Early Years Centres
  • Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
  • Child Care Resource Centres
  • Better Beginnings, Better Futures