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 Registration
Registration for Winter Recreation Programs including After School and Swim Group Classes takes place on Saturday December 9th from 9 am to 12 noon (some parents arrive much earlier than 9 am to hold their spot).
Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9 am–12 pm
Registration for summer camp for returning clients (attended camp in summer 2017, or currently in the after school program).
Tuesday, February 28, 2018 at 10 am
Registration for summer camp for new clients, or those who have priority and cannot attend the Saturday registration.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 9 am-12 pm
Registration for after school, for anyone looking to register for the Spring term, for any number of days (April 10 – June 29, 2017). Registration resumes Tuesday March 27, 2018 at 10 am
Please contact Farhia Hashi for more information:
Children’s Program Coordinator
(416) 598-3444 ext.228
University Settlement has an indoor pool which community members can access year round. The pool is used for lessons, lane swimming, family swimming, group rentals as well as other events.
For more information about our aquatics programs, please click here.
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
Various learning activities
This is a free program. For more information please email or call us.
Free Family Programming
As part of Growing Up Healthy Downtown, we’re offering a variety of free family programming for parents and children to participate in together. Staffed by our friendly Recreation Department, we offer Family Movie Nights, Parent and Tot Swim, Cops and Kids evening activities, as well as other recreational swim and gym programming.
Please note that Saturday Drop-in Gym time and Sunday Movie Day will not run in the summer from Easter Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend, to promote everyone spending time being active outdoors! We look forward to seeing you back in the fall.
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 child’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 on our PA Day Camps, March Break Camp, and Summer Camp. 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
Da Vinci Public School
Lord Lansdowne Public School
St. Mary Catholic 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 5:30pm they are engaged in specialty programs. From 5:30pm – 6pm you can come pick up your child from our facility.
Activities and Programs:
We offer specialized classes for grade 1 and up such as: Hands-On Science, Coding, Book Club, Performance Arts, DIY Creations, Cooking, Lego Club, Graphic Design, and so much more! Your child can change classes termly, or stay in the classes they love and hone their skills further! Children are grouped as grade 1-2, grade 3+ and JK/SK. The JK/SK classroom does not select weekly classes, but instead receives a variety of them all, allowing them to be exposed to many different activities and develop varied interests.
We have different options for registration. If you are looking for 5 days a week for the entire 2017/2018 school year (Sept – June), you can register starting June 3 2017. If you are looking to register termly, or for 1-4 days a week, registration is on August 12 2017 for the 2017 Fall term (September to December). Winter term runs from January – April, and Spring term runs from April – June.
Parents must be Agency Members in order to enroll their children in our After School Program. Subsidies may be available for eligible clients.
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.
Summer Camp Our camp begins July 3 and ends August 24, 2018. 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 ages 8 to 12. 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.
Swim Camp is for children ages 8 to 12 who have completed Level 5 or higher of Red Cross Swim. In the afternoon, under the direction of a qualified swim instructor, children will participate in various pool activities such as inner tube water polo, water basketball, relay races, and more. In the morning children will join Adventure Camp activities such as trips and swimming
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, cooking, computers, and other child-directed activities allow everyone to explore their skills and learn new ones. PA Day Camp starts at 9am and ends at 4:30pm, with an option for early drop-off and late pick-up.. * December 1st PA DAY CAMPS FULL*