RECENT NEWS

Eid Potluck

April 9, 2024

EarlyON Family Resource Connection will be holding a Potluck in celebration of Eid on Thursday April 11th A friendly reminder that we ask that any food you bring is nut... Read more »

Join us for the Glitterbug EarlyON Mobile Program

February 20, 2024

EarlyON Family Resource Connection invites children from birth to six years old, families, caregivers, and allies to join us for a visit from the Glitterbug EarlyON Mobile Program. Tuesday February... Read more »

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Home Child Care

We are opening new home child care spaces!

Contact us for information about providing child care from your home through Day Care Connection licensed home child care.

We focus on  quality care, safety, trust, nurturing caregiver child relationships, responsiveness, stability, and a sense of security, belonging, and well-being in a small family atmosphere.

Spaces are available for children from birth to age twelve.

Our son has exceeded our expectations in his development; his excellent progress is due to the outstanding care he receives. Thanks for making this such a positive, worry-free experience!— Parent
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Family Resource Centre - EarlyON Family Resource Connection

The welcoming EarlyON provides a safe and warm setting for children and adults to play and learn together and meet new friends. Staff are available to support adults as they guide their children through learning opportunities and to share ideas that extend learning at the EarlyON and at home.

The children love coming to the EarlyON.— Caregiver
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Downtown Montessori

Serving Toronto families for more than 40 years, our education experts offer standard-setting programs for infants, toddlers and preschool children. We want children to be learners, to love to learn, to be part of a community of learners, and to grow into awesome adults who can make a difference in the world.

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Kids Club

Children participate in activities they enjoy, have choices about how they spend their leisure time and enjoy supportive relationships with peers and teachers. We offer high quality programs for skill development balanced with time for play, socialization, homework and reflection.

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Our Mission

Day Care Connection/Downtown Montessori (DCC/DTMS) is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of children. At DCC/DTMS, people of all ages are involved in the care of children and helping them to get the best possible start. We offer high quality programs and opportunities for mutual support, guidance, and education about child development and learning – all in a welcoming environment. We work together with others in the community to meet the emerging needs of children and improve the quality of their lives.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THIS LAND

We wish to acknowledge this land on which Day Care Connection/Downtown Montessori operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land and territory of many nations, including the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, and the Haudensaunee peoples. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people from across Turtle Island. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. We are grateful to have the opportunity to learn on this land.

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Our Values

At Day Care Connection/Downtown Montessori, we believe in:

The Best Possible Start for Children

Children’s self-esteem and optimal development depend on growth in all areas – social, emotional, language, cognitive, and physical.

The Rights of Children

Children are entitled to have their basic needs met within a caring family and community, and to have the resources and opportunities necessary for the best possible start.

Mutual Support

Community members of all ages affect each other’s well-being and development; sharing our experiences, our wisdom and ourselves has mutual benefits for young and old.

Choice

Families need opportunities for choice about their children’s care and services to strengthen family life. These opportunities should be affordable and accessible.

Inclusiveness

DCC/DTMS strives to create a bias-free climate of mutual respect and understanding in our workplace and provision of service.

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Our Principles

Involvement

Our programs provide opportunities for individuals and families to belong, contribute, and make decisions about services that affect their lives. Listening and involvement are essential to high quality programs and services that are easy to use.

Building on Abilities

Our programs build on an individual’s strengths and abilities, which are the basis for everyday coping and personal change.

Humour and Sharing

Our programs recognize that a safe, warm, and enjoyable social environment enables sharing, confidence, and personal and family development. In particular, programs for children must be fun, stimulating, and nurturing.

Variety of Expertise and Experience

The knowledge, skills, and leadership of volunteers, support staff, and professionals are all necessary for program quality and organizational development, and are supported through opportunities for growth.

Wise Use of Resources

We believe that public and private resources must be used creatively, efficiently, and effectively in the fulfilment of our mission and service delivery.

Advocacy

Our commitment demands advocacy to bring about change in public policy that impacts on the lives of children and those who care for them.

"My child doesn't want to leave - we enjoy it so much here!"— Parent