Child and Family Centres (EarlyON)

EarlyON Child and Family Centres are where children, parents and caregivers can laugh, be curious, play, learn, make friends and feel a sense of belonging. We offer a wide range of free programs and services that help your child reach their full ability:

  • Programs for children from birth to six years old
  • Play-based and fun learning activities
  • Information on programs on services where you live
  • Opportunities to meet other families with young children
  • Advice from trained professionals

Outdoor programs

EarlyON Northumberland is excited to welcome children, parents and caregivers back for safe and fun outdoor programming, starting October 5, 2020.

During our Explore Northumberland programs, children and families can explore the outdoors at various locations across Northumberland County. These programs include nature hikes, stroller and wagon walks and other fun and educational outdoor programming.

Programs are offered mornings and afternoons:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For information about our Explore Northumberland program locations and times, please visit our Program Calendar or the Northumberland EarlyON Centres Facebook page.

Please note: Registration is required. Each program will allow a maximum of 15 registrants per program. Programs are subject to change.

How to register

As our community continues to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19, preventative measures and procedures have been put into place to ensure the safety of families and staff.

All outdoor program attendees will be required to:

  • Pre-register for outdoor programs using the KEyON digital sign in system. If you have not previously registered for KEyON, please follow the prompts to create a new account.
  • Complete a COVID-19 screening assessment before attending a registered program. Pre-screening can be completed using the link available on KEyON or by completing our online form.
  • Follow physical distancing requirements.
  • Have a mask available for all adults during your visit.
  • Wear a mask when entering an indoor space to use the washroom.

Virtual programs

EarlyON Northumberland is currently offering virtual EarlyON programming for families to enjoy from the comfort of their home. Please visit the Northumberland EarlyON Centres Facebook page for program details and additional Facebook Live events and videos.

New Parent Program - Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Parents of newborns and infants up to one year of age are invited to attend a virtual get-together to meet other new parents, join group discussions and learn more about local supports.

Contact EarlyON Educator Samantha Kelly at to register.

Evening Story Time - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

To register, please email Kelly Robinson at Registrations closes on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Song & Rhyme Time - Thursdays at 3 p.m.

To register, please email Rachel English at Registrations closes on Thursdays at 12 p.m.

Have a question?

Do you have a question about one of our programs or how to register? Please email your local EarlyON educator for assistance.

EarlyON Brighton

Julie Winger

EarlyON Campbellford

Jaime VanHuizen

EarlyON Cobourg

Kelly Robinson

Samantha Kelly

EarlyON Colborne and Grafton

Natalie Hansey

EarlyON Hastings

Rachel English

EarlyON Port Hope

Cindy Marshall