Chatham-Kent Children's Services

Site: Chatham - Murray St

Service: Ontario Early Years Centre

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Record #: CHK0682 Last Modified: 19 Oct 2014 Last Full Update: 16 Sep 2014
Contact Information
Office Phone519-358-1451 x 0
Toll Free Phone1-866-720-7975
Crisis Phone519-352-0440
Primary ContactCindy Dove, Supervisor, Ontario Early Years Centre; Phone: 519-358-1451 ext 204; Fax: 519-358-1730; Email:
Alternate ContactCarrie Ouellette, Secretary, Ontario Early Years Centre; Phone: 519-358-1451 ext 0; Fax: 519-358-1730; Email:
Description and Service Details
Description (Service)Ontario Early Years Centres help families and caregivers give their preschool children the best possible start in life by offering play programs, providing help with parenting concerns, and the chance to chat with other parents. All services are FREE! 
We serve: 
• All parents, grandparents and care providers with young children up to the age of 6 years  
• Both stay-at-home and working parents of young children, who want an opportunity to get involved with other adults with young children  
• Expectant moms and young moms, with or without supports  
• Home based child care providers who want to enhance their child development skills and resources 
• Families who need information on accessing and choosing quality child care services. 
What is at Ontario Early Years Centres? 
• Early Learning Playtime for children and adults; Prenatal & Parenting Support/Information, Parenting Groups; Early Literacy Programming; Child Care Information Registry; Resource and Toy Lending, information on other Community Services and much more.  
Chatham-Kent Ontario Early Years Centre is a key partner in Chatham-Kent's Best Start.
HoursHours vary in each community. 
Call 519-358-1451 x 0 for more info or visit
Meetingscall for more information in each community
Areas ServedChatham-Kent ; Chatham, Bothwell, Wallaceburg, Tilbury, Thamesville, Dresden, Ridgetown, Blenheim, Wheatley. French Language Services available in Pain Court, Low German Services available at Mennonite Central Committee in Chatham, and First Nation services available through Delaware Nation Head Start
EligibilityAges: 6 year(s) and under 
Infants; toddlers; preschool children; and their parents, prenatal parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers.
ApplicationNo appointment required for most services. Registration process required for parent workshops; no referral needed. Phone 519-358-1451 x 0 or 1-866-720-7975
LanguagesEnglish ; French - available at Pain Court site ; German - Low German
Agency Information
EstablishedMay 26, 2003
Primary ExecutiveJodee Anderson, Director of Mental Health Developmental and Prevention Services, Chatham-Kent Children's Services; Phone: 519-358-4550; Fax: 519-352-4152; Email:
FundingDonations ; Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Site Information
Located In CommunityChatham
Address & Map
215 Murray St
Chatham, ON N7M 3L4
IntersectionMurray St and Princess St
Mailing Addressc/o Cindy Dove 
Ontario Early Years Centre 
215 Murray St 
Chatham, ON N7M 3L4
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Designated parking; ramp; automatic doors; designated washroom
Service CategoriesChildren's Play Groups ; Early Childhood Family Centres ; Early Literacy Development Programs ; Parent/Child Activity Groups ; Parenting Skills Classes ; Toys/Toy Loan
Other Details
Print MaterialPamphlets and print material; newsletter free to general public