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What happens at the drop-in?

Drop-in time is for parents/caregivers and children to meet others and play interactively in an early learning environment. Drop-in is designed to promote parent/caregiver interaction and engagement. Activities include craft, sensory, math, science, circle, reading and much more!

It is also a time to access resources, information and to receive support around referrals. Parents/caregivers may arrive or leave at any time during the drop-in hours. No registration is required for drop-in programs. All programs are free of cost.

Programs Include:

  • Drop-ins (Informal)
  • Registered programs (Formal/age specific)
  • Specialized programs for teens and young parents under 29
  • Specialized programs for families who have concerns about their child’s development
  • Language specific programs (French and Spanish)
  • Pre-natal and post-natal programs (Massage, Education, Nutrition, Breastfeeding)
  • Parenting programs (Nobody’s Perfect, Make the Connection, Living and Learning with Baby)

There are eight locations throughout South Etobicoke. Programs are facilitated by Early Childhood Educators and Social Service Workers.

Home Visiting/Family Support Program & Parent Relief

A program provided for families with children 0-6 years old who are dealing with various challenges/issues, or are in need of resources related to raising healthy children. Family Support Specialists visit families in their homes or at LAMP. Families being referred to this program MUST be living in the catchment area.

Home visiting supports include:

  • Parenting Education
  • Counselling
  • Referrals
  • Form filling
  • Advocacy
  • Parent Relief
  • Family support and more

Program Descriptions

Drop-In

For parents/caregivers and children to meet others and play interactively in an early learning environment. Drop-in is designed to promote parent/caregiver interaction and engagement. Activities include craft, sensory, math, science, circle, reading and much more! It is also a time to access resources, information and to receive support around referrals. Parents/caregivers may arrive or leave at any time during the drop-in hours. No registration is required for drop-in programs. All programs are free of cost.

Parent Relief

Is a program provided solely to clients of the Home Visiting/Family Support program whose children are not enrolled in daycare or nursery school. Parents/caregivers can access one day of free childcare per week on Mondays or Tuesdays

Young Parent Supper Club

A time for parents under 29 to learn to make healthy meals on a budget together. Learn new skills and take some leftovers home. TTC tokens and a food voucher are provided to each participant. The program runs on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Baby Club Drop-in

A discussion and playgroup for families with infants. Activities may include infant massage, songs, rhymes, along with guest speakers on relevant issues, for a schedule of guest speakers check our website (www.lampchc.org/earlyyears) or our Facebook page (LAMP EarlyON Child and Family Centre) for our monthly Baby Club schedule.

Exploring Hands

The exploring hands program is a 6 week program aimed at parents/caregivers with children 13-18 months old. The program has a sensory focus. Registration is required.

Toddler Time

Toddler time is a 6 week program for toddlers 19-36 months old and their parents/caregivers. We share crafts, snacks, stories, and songs and have a particular focus each week on a toddler issue (potty training, sharing, etc.) Registration is required.School Readiness: A program for children who are attending school for the first time in the fall. Priority is given to those who have not attended daycare or nursery school. The program is designed to help children get used to a routine and being apart from their parents. Registration is required.

Escuelita

Registered Spanish program for Spanish speaking families with children 0-6 years old.

Parents-Bambins

A drop-in program for French-speaking families.

Toys in the Park

An outdoor drop-in for families with children 0-6 years old. TITP takes place every summer for 8 weeks at 9 different parks within the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community. Staff aim to meet all ages needs at the park by bringing out a wide variety of toys and activities to suit various development stages. Guest speakers attend, including Dietitian, Public Health Nurses etc.)

Program Locations & Hours

LAMP CHC

185 Fifth Street

Monday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Franklin Horner

432 Horner Avenue

Monday & Friday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Mimico Library

47 Station Road

Thursday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

John English

95 Mimico Avenue, Room 100

Monday & Tuesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Second Street

71 2nd Street, Room 119

Thursday & Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Long Branch

3381 Lakeshore Blvd

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 – 12:00 pm

Our Community Needs Your Support

Every little bit helps. You may not think you make much of a difference, but in the words of those who use LAMP CHC’s services:

"Everyday we come to LAMP CHC, life gets a little easier to get back on track. We would have just given up if it wasn’t for them."

Programs & Services

LAMP Community Health Centre

185 Fifth St
Etobicoke, ON M8V 2Z5

Phone
416.252.6471

Fax
416.252.4474

Email
feedback@lampchc.org