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Last updated on Wednesday, September 06, 2017.

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres are school-based programs for parents and their children, aged birth to six years of age that operate during the school day. The parent/caregiver stays with the child at all times.

These programs help to prepare children for school and encourage families to be part of their children’s learning by:

  • helping children build essential literacy and numeracy skills through stories, music, reading and playing
  • encouraging families to engage in their children’s learning
  • offering a book-lending library in different languages, so parents can read to their children in their first language
  • helping parents and children feel comfortable and familiar with school staff and school routines
  • giving families the chance to spend time with other families
  • linking families with appropriate community resources for special needs, health and other related services
  • expanding the network of services already available to families in Hamilton by collaborating with their local Ontario Early Years Centres, early learning and child care centres and other programs for families with young children

Centres within the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board:

Adelaide Hoodless
71 Maplewood Avenue
289.244.5189
8:50 am – 12:50 pm
Bennetto
47 Simcoe Street East
905.512.3168
8:50 am – 12:50 pm
Dr. J. E. Davey
99 Ferguson AVE N
905.521.0926
8:50 am – 12:50 pm
Lake Avenue
157 Lake Avenue North
905.512.3998
8:50 am – 12:50 pm
Memorial (City)
1175 Main Street East
905.512.4925
8:45 – 12:45 pm
Prince of Wales
77 Melrose Avenue North
905.537.4027
8:40 am – 12:40 pm
Queen Victoria
166 Forest Avenue
905.512.4462
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Westwood
9 Lynbrook Drive
905.537.1056
8:45 am – 12:45 pm

Program Facilitators in the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres work as partners with the Kindergarten teachers and local community programs, collaborating to create a welcoming learning environment that will help prepare children for school. Centres are free to attend and no pre-registration is required. Parents and children are invited to come to the centre at any time during the scheduled hours. Hours vary according to the needs of each community, so please contact the centre to find out when each Parenting and Family Literacy Centre is open.

Ontario Early Years Centres

An Ontario Early Years Centre is a place for parents and caregivers of children up to the age of six to get information about their children’s development and services to support that development.

Each Centre provides the following free services to parents and guardians:

  • Early learning and literacy programs for parents and their children.
  • Programs to support parents and caregivers in all aspects of early child development.
  • Programs on pregnancy and parenting.
  • Links to other early years programs in the community.
  • Learn more about the Ontario Early Years Centres.

The general number for OEYC is 905.524.4884.

Beverly Central School Mobile Resource Program

1346 4th Concession Rd. W., Troy, Ontario, L0R 2B0

Tel.: 905-689-9500 | E-mail: oeycwaterdown@todaysfamily.ca

Hours: Monday  9:15 am – 11:00 am, closed on all other days

Visit the Beverly Central page.


Billy Green

1105 Paramount Drive (Located in Billy Green Elementary School), Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8J 1W2

Tel.: 905-573-7905 x 1 | E-mail: oeycstoneycreek@hwcdsb.ca

Hours:

  • Monday:    8:30am-12pm
  • Tuesday:    8:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday:    8:30am – 7pm
  • Thursday:    8:30am-12pm
  • Friday:    8:30am-12pm

Visit the Billy Green page.


Dr Davey – Beasley Child & Family Centre; Wesley & Ham Went District School Bd.

145 Wilson Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 1E4

Tel.: 905.546.2424 ext 5251 | Fax: 905.521.8398

Hours:

  • Monday:    8:50-5:00
  • Tuesday:    8:50-7:00
  • Wednesday:    8:50-7:00
  • Thursday:    8:50-5:00
  • Friday:    8:50-5:00
  • Saturday:    10:00-3:30

Visit the Beasley Child & Family Centre page.


Elizabeth Bagshaw Neighbourhood Site

350 Albright Road , Hamilton, Ontario, L8K 5J4

Tel.:  905.308.2954 | Fax: 905.549.2313 | E-mail: oeyc@kboysandgirlsclub.com

Hours:

  • Monday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Visit the Elizabeth Bagshaw page.


George L. Armstrong Satellite Program

460 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 1C3

Tel.: 905-385-3020 | Fax: 905-385-1393 | E-mail: oeycmountain@todaysfamily.ca

Hours:

  • Monday:    8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:    8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:    8:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Visit the George L. Armstrong Satellite Program page.


Helen Detwiler Neigbourhood

320 Brigade Dr (Helen Detwiler School), Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 2E3

Tel.: 905-385-3020 | Fax: 905-385-1393 | E-mail: oeycmountain@todaysfamily.ca

Hours:

  • Monday:    12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:    8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:    8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday:    8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Visit the Helen Detwiler page.


Hillcrest Neighbourhood

40 Eastwood Street , Hamilton, Ontario, L8H 6R7

Tel.: 905.545.5995 | Fax: 905.549.2313 | E-mail: oeyc@kboysandgirlsclub.com

Hours:

  • Monday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:    8:45 a.m. – 3:30p.m.
  • Friday:    8:45 a.m. – noon (for Cultural Family Time and Drop In)

Visit the Hillcrest Neighbourhood page.


Need Help?

Families who need help with costs may be eligible for subsidies through the City of Hamilton. Find details on eligibility for this assistance on the City of Hamilton website or by calling 905-546-4870.

If you would like more information, please contact Lisa Kiriakopoulos, 905.527.5092 ext 2234.

Links

  • Contact Hamilton – Contact Hamilton is an entry point to services for children and youth with emotional, behavioural or developmental concerns and adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Hamilton Best Start – Best Start is about providing support to children 0 to 6 and their families. It’s about parents, educators, healthcare professionals and community organizations working together to make Hamilton the best place to raise a child.
  • Hamilton Public Library

 

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