South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre is THE place to be for new parents in Leslieville, Riverside, Riverdale, and the Beaches.
South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre, incorporated in 1978, is committed to encouraging and supporting positive parent-child relationships, providing opportunities for learning, building on family strengths and increasing family involvement in the larger community. The Centre runs a family resource program, which provides a cluster of programs designed to meet the needs of individuals caring for young children at home. These include a daily drop-in program, outings, workshops, a clothing exchange, and Parenting Book and Toy Libraries.
Our community, South Riverdale, is a mixed residential, commercial and industrial community bounded by the Don River, Greenwood Avenue, Gerrard Street, and Lake Ontario. Our community is vibrant and diverse.
SRCPC is a non-profit organization governed by a board of volunteers from the local community.
We believe all families are entitled to support. All of our programs are free. Our space is accessible, and we welcome all children aged 0-6 years and their parents and caregivers.
The daily drop-in is our core program. Adults, together with the infants, toddlers and preschoolers in their care, find a warm welcome in a comfortable neighbourhood space. Children discover a stimulating and safe play environment. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are encouraged to share information and develop friendships and are provided with opportunities for learning about child development and community resources.
Drop-in hours are:
9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
Wednesdays are reserved for outings and workshops that typically run from 10-12 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, from September until the end of April, excluding long weekends
Outings are free. For some outings, such as bus trips, there is a suggested donation. Donations are collected anonymously and all families are welcome. Past outings include:
- Maple Syrup Festival at Kortright Conservation Area
- Picnics at Riverdale Farm and Jimmie Simpson Park
- Allan Gardens
Workshops are sometimes for adults only and sometimes for caregivers and child(ren) to enjoy together. When the workshop is for adults only, child care is provided. Registration is required ahead of time-please visit the Centre, or call 416-469-3776 for more information.
Past workshops for caregivers and children include:
- Cooking With Nutri-Sue
- Movement with Leslieville School of Dance
Past workshops for adults only include:
- Book Club
- Cooking Workshop
- Lectures from early childhood literacy experts, Toronto Public Health, and other Centre participants who are willing to share their skills and facilitate a workshop.
Bring in clothes that your child has outgrown, and take home clothes for your child. When you're done, bring them back for someone else to wear!
You don't have to donate to borrow. If you do have clothes to share, we are especially in need of "gender-neutral" clothing and sizes beyond 12 months. Thank you for sharing!
Toy and parenting book Library
Explore the Toy Library, where you can try out as many developmentally-appropriate toys as you like for 2 weeks at a time.
Also, we have many resources about pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting, health and well-being, infant and child development, relationships, LGBTQ2S topics, and other subjects related to families. Ask a staff member about borrowing books of interest to you.
Through the Centre, you will also find pamphlets and resource guides related to parenting and community services that you can read while you're in the Centre or take home with you.
Suggestions for new resources and donations of toys are always welcome!
Developmental Screening, Informal Counselling, and Other Services
Staff are available to offer informal counselling and referrals, information, and advocacy.
Nina is happy to talk with you about your child’s development and activities that you can do as part of your regular routine at home—let us know if you would like to complete an Ages and Stages Questionnaire® together. The questionnaires and activities are for children as young as 1 month and are sensitive to Indigenous worldviews.
- Nina has been trained to complete Ages and Stages Questionnaires® with you! Let us know if you would like to talk about your child's development and activities that you can do at home as part of your regular routine.
- The Winter Wonderland Auction was a fun night that raised $14,000 for the Centre! Thank you to everyone who supported the Centre!
- We are celebrating the Centre's 40th anniversary throughout 2018!