Our Growing Up Healthy Downtown program offers an opportunity for young children and their parents to grow and discover together. A child’s school day is often shorter than their parents or guardians work day. That’s why we have an After School Program that provides after school care for children in a safe and supervised environment. At the end of every school year, and during various holidays, we host a Summer Camp so that kids can continue to learn and grow.
Children’s Program Coordinator
(416) 598-3444 ext.228
Growing Up Healthy Downtown is an initiative between eight multi-service community centers. Through this initiative we are able to deliver free programs and services that focus on improving the health and well-being of young children. We also offer support and new skills to their parents and care givers through interactive workshops and support group sessions.
About the Program
• Encourages the social development of children and strengthen relationships between children and their parents/caregivers.
• Offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to improve their parenting skills, develops their networks of support and increases their ability to access community resources.
• Offers parents and caregivers respite/relief.
• Improves the capacity of program participants to engage in their community and contribute to their community’s development.
• FREE programs for children under age 6 and their parents and/or guardians
• Baby & Parent Swim
• Family Swim
• Various learning activities
This is a free program. For more information please email or call us.
Our After School Program provides a safe and caring environment for your children to learn and grow. We offer various after school activities which cater to your children’s interests. Each after school class focuses on character development and team building. Our well trained and qualified staff are committed to treating all of our participants with respect and dignity. PA days and holidays are not included. Please see our Camp section for more details. The After School Program operates each school day during the year.
We provide a safe escort at the end of each school day from the following schools:
Orde Public School
Ogden Public School
DaVinci Public School
Lord Landsdowne Public School
Once participants arrive to University Settlement they put their backpacks and jackets away and get ready for a nutritious snack. At 4:30pm they are escorted to the program which they have signed up for. From 4:30pm until their pickup time the children are engaged in the activity of their choice. We also offer a late pickup option for those parents who need that little bit of extra time to get to us.
Club Activities such as Homework Club and Computer Club
Music and Arts
Red Cross Swimming Lessons
Registration is twice a year and usually begins at the beginning of August and March. We provide news updates on registration dates through our newsfeed. For more information please call us or email our Children’s Program Coordinator.
Priority registration is available for parents of returning participants. We will keep you updated on registration dates as they become available. Sign up for our newsletter to ensure that you get regular updates about our programs and registration dates.
Parents must be Agency Members in order to enroll their children in our After School Program. Subsidies may be available for eligible clients.
March Break Camp
For those days when school is out our Camps are in! We have March Break Camp, PA Day Camps as well as Summer Camp. Registration dates can be found in our newsfeed. We will update the information as it becomes available. Our facilities include a 25 yard indoor pool, a large and fully equipped gymnasium, classrooms, a computer lab and an adjacent parkland. Our camps are available at our 23 Grange Road site only.
Our camp starts the business day after the Canada Day long weekend. We provide a healthy lunch every day. Camp starts at 9am and ends at 4:30pm each day. Early drop-off and late pickup are available for an additional fee.
Butterfly Camp is for children ages 4-5 and includes age appropriate activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, cooperative games, dance and music.
The Ladybug Camp is for children between the ages of 6 and 7 and includes sports, swimming, arts and crafts as well as games and music.
Adventure Camp is for campers who are a tad bit older, from 8 to 12, we offer a more action packed days filled with science projects, field trips, sports and swimming.
Academic Camp is for children who are in grades 2 through 6. In the morning, under the direction of a qualified children’s educator, we provide Math, English and other academic learning activities. In the afternoon our Academic Camp kids enjoy camp activities such as trips and swimming.
Leaders In Training is a camp which is offered to teenagers aged 13 – 16. It is a two-week long camp experience where youth learn valuable leadership skills and gain experience. They are given an opportunity to complete a volunteer placement and get hands-on training.
March Break Camp
Join our March Break Camp! Every year we play host to children aged 4-12 for March Break Camp. Our camp is a full day camp with an early drop off and late pickup option. Our instructors plan age appropriate activities which include science projects, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and field trips. Space is limited and subsidies are available for clients who qualify.
PA Day Camp
Our PA Day Camp (no school) option gives families a way to access an affordable program for children in our community. The Camp integrates fun and learning and allows children to participate to their fullest potential. Through sports, arts and crafts, skill-based games, child-directed and gross motor activities as well as swimming our campers get to explore their skills and learn new ones. PA Day Camp starts at 9am and ends at 4:30pm. Lunch is included!