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Planning for Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres

The Ontario Ministry of Education is transforming the way services for children 0 to 6 years are delivered in the province. In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the Province will become part of one unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These will be called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs).

The new centres will offer programs and services for children ages 0 to 6 and their caregivers, including playgroups, information workshops for parents, and referrals to specialized services.

To plan and prepare for the change to the OEYCFCs, the City of Ottawa is looking at the needs, gaps and opportunities in our community. So far we have:

  • Created an OEYCFC Planning and Advisory Group 
  • Researched existing child and family programs that are funded by the Province
  • Conducted a demographic analysis of the population of children 0 to 6

Background information

Survey and consultation sessions

The City of Ottawa wants community partners, parents and caregivers to take part in the planning for the OEYCFCs. Participate by completing an online survey or by attending a consultation session! There are a number of sessions to choose from including English, French and one reserved for caregivers only.

Online survey

Participate by filling out an online survey before February 20, 2017.

In-person consultation sessions (PDF)

Register to attend one of the consultation sessions. Space is limited so register early. Please let us know if you require any accommodations to attend. For example, help may be available for child care and transportation expenses. For more information, contact 613-580-2424, ext. 43852 or

Session 1 (English) - Monday, February 6 from 7 to 9 pm
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall
1265 Walkley Road, Ottawa

Session 2 (English) – Tuesday, February 7 from 7 to 9 pm
McNabb Recreation Centre, Community Room
180 Percy Drive, Ottawa

Session 3 (English) – Saturday, February 11 from 1 to 3 pm
Johnny Leroux Community Centre, Upstairs Hall
10 Warner-Colpitts Lane, Stittsville

Session 4 (English) – Monday, February 13 from 7 to 9 pm
Peter D. Clarke Place, Room 340
255 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans

Session 5 (English) – Saturday, February 18 from 1 to 3 pm
Walter Baker Sports Centre, Hall A
100 Malvern Drive, Ottawa

Session 6 (French) – Wednesday, February 15 from 7 to 9 pm
Peter D. Clarke Place, Room 340
255 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans

Session 7 (French) – Saturday, February 18 from 10 am to noon
Walter Baker Sports Centre, Hall A
100 Malvern Drive, Ottawa

Session 8 (for caregivers only) – Wednesday February 8 from 7 to 9 pm
Ben Franklin Place, Room 1A
101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean


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OEYCFC Planning Advisory Group 


The mandate of the Advisory Group is to work collaboratively with the City and advise on the first phase of the development of the new OEYCFCs in Ottawa. The members will:

  • Act as champions for the integration of early years programs and services in Ottawa
  • Share child and family services expertise and contribute a system-wide perspective to inform the development of an integrated system of early years services that meets the needs of parents and caregiver
  • Review and provide feedback on Planning Phase progress and draft deliverables


The Advisory Group is chaired by the City of Ottawa. Members include the following organizations:

  • Vanier Community Service Centre
  • Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre
  • Mothercraft Ottawa
  • Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
  • City View Centre For Child and Family Services
  • Andrew Fleck Child Care Services
  • Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
  • South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre
  • Parent Resource Centre
  • Makonsag
  • Grandir Ensemble
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board    
  • Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est    
  • Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario  
  • La Cité    
  • Centretown Community Health Centre   
  • Child Care Services Parent Advisory Committee   
  • Ottawa Public Health

For a copy of the Advisory Group’s Terms of Reference or other information, email