Early Years Program

Promotes the healthy development of children from 0 to 6 years while providing the means to better prepare them for school. The project is also geared to support parents and caregivers by offering educational tools and resources, such as workshops on parenting and playgroups. (Bilingual)

Lowertown parents testify how our programs help them nurture parent-child connections. Check out the Ottawa Early Years video on YouTube, “An engaged parent: the best gift of all“.

Support for families living in emergency shelters (B)

  • outside the Econolodge Hotel on Mondays from 9:30 AM to noon.

Collective Kitchen (B)

  • for caregivers and children on Mondays from 1:30 to 4pm in Salle A at the LCRC (40 Cobourg Street).

Parent-Baby Playgroup (B)

The program focuses on topics such as: child development, nutrition, sleep routines, baby massage and other aspects of the life of new parents.

  • for Prenatal group with St-Mary’s shelter on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at 40 Cobourg Street
  • for babies 0 to 18 months on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at 40 Cobourg Street

English Playgroups (E)

For children up to 6 years of age and their childcare providers, parents or grandparents.

  • for everyone on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Field House in Jules Morin Park.

French Playgroups (F)

  • for everyone on Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Field House in Jules Morin Park.
  • for childcare providers on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Field House in Jules Morin Park.
  • in partnership with the Petit pas à trois program on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at École catholique Sainte-Anne.

Hispanic Group (in Spanish)

  • on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the LCRC (40 Cobourg Street)
Please consult this month’s Calendar of Activities for the groups’ schedule.

Coming Events

June 27, 2017
French Playgroups (F)
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 10 Patro Street
for childcare providers
June 28, 2017
Parent-Baby Playgroups for 0 to 18 month old (B)
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 10 Patro Street
June 30, 2017
French Playgroups (F)
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: École catholique Sainte-Anne (located at 235 Beausoleil)
new playgroup in partnership with the Petits pas à trois program
English Playgroups (E)
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: the Field House in Jules Morin Park
for EVERYONE
July 3, 2017
French Playgroups (F)
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: the Field House in Jules Morin Park
for EVERYONE
Parent-Baby Playgroups for 0 to 12 month old (B)
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 10 Patro Street

Today at LCRC

JFS Settlement Worker is at the LCRC (B)
All day
Location: 40 Cobourg Street
French Playgroups (F)
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 10 Patro Street
for childcare providers
DUAL Breakfast Drop-In (B)
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: the lounge of 380 Murray
DUAL (Drug User Advocacy League) and Lowertown, Our Home hosts a drop-in breakfast for current and former drug consumers. All peers are welcome. Residents from 110 Cobourg and 123 Augusta are also welcome.
Zumba and Yoga Classes for Women (E)
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Patro d’Ottawa (Gym 1 - 40 Cobourg Street)
Classes will alternate every week
Club 310 and Homework Club (ages 6 to 12) (E)
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: York Street Public School (310 York Street)
Lowertown Youth Centre Drop-in (ages 12 to 18) (E)
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 201 Friel Street
Girl's Program (ages 10 to 14) (E)
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 201 Friel Street