Our annual closure this summer is July 29th through August 17th.
Our Terry Fox site re-opens on August 19th and Kimbourne re-opens on the 20th. See you when we return and enjoy the rest of your summer!
We’ll soon be planning our 2020 programs. We want our decision making to reflect the preferences of our participant community. We’ll need to plan fundraising and donor campaigns that ensure we can pay for programs not supported by our core funding. We already have an event planned to support our winter time Monday and Friday morning programs at Kimbourne (we call them No Child Turned Away Days!) and hope you’ll attend our Diner After Dark event.
More urgently, please take a few minutes to give us feedback on our programs! We’d be so appreciative of you completing our survey.
What’s changed? Sadly, our very popular Monday & Friday drop-in programs at Kimbourne have come to and end for now as the No Child Turned Away project wraps up. This project depends on fundraising and donations, and targets the cold winter months when families need more play options and supports.
Please note another change coming at the end of June: our Tuesday evening program will no longer operate in July & August.
Monthly evacuation drills are a necessary inconvenience. We are required to do them and we want to do them well because we care about your child’s, yours and our own safety.
You don’t have to love them, but if you are bringing children to our programs, you do have to participate without protest.
We expect adults attending our programs to model a positive attitude during evacuation drills, so that children feel safe while practicing these skills. Please follow all direction from staff. Do not collect your coat, bags and stroller. You will be interrupted by staff and asked to cooperate if you try do this, or decide to depart the program during a drill. If the weather is chilly, throw a coat or blanket over your child and leave the building.
Wondering what that registration form is that you are being asked to complete?
The form is so that we can maintain basic contact information, in case you ever need to be contacted.
Why would we be contacting you?
We would need to get in touch with you right away if there was ever an emergency involving your child, or your child’s caregiver. We also wouldneed it in the event of an outbreak at our centres, as public health requires us to notify families when they may have been exposed to certain infectious diseases.
If you include an email address, and we hope you will, we will also send you our quarterly newsletter, and keep you informed about events and other things going on at East End Children’sCentre.
* Cream of tartar is available in bulk food stores.Tip: many children are sensitive to artificial dyes. Natural dyes can be made from foods such as beet juice, blueberries and raspberries.