The EarlyON Centre offers children, parents and caregivers a friendly environment that fosters positive learning with a wide range of quality programs and services to help your child reach their full potential, with:

  • Programs designed especially for children up to six years old

  • Play-based learning experiences that are fun and engaging – such as painting, drawing, building, creating, reading, storytelling, singing and much more

  • Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development

  • Information or referrals to specialized programs and services within the community

  • Opportunity to meet and make connections with families with young children

*Please note our morning drop-ins at our main Centre are first come first serve with a maximum of 35 people.


Dear families and caregivers,

We’re thrilled to remind you that our playgroups in Cumberland will take place outdoors, weather permitting. In case of a rain cloud in the weather radar, we’ll revert to inside the Cumberland Arena. We will also post about changes on our Facebook page.

Our Centre will be closed on Monday, June 3rd, for a staff retreat, which means our programs for that day will also be cancelled. Our regular programming will return on Tuesday, June 4th, 2024.

We are excited to see you!

Here is our June programming!
– Dominik, Gisèle & Gabrielle

Online Registration is ONLY required for Special Activities and Virtual Programming


The EarlyON Centre provides a free Toy Lending Library service. Resources available for lending include toys, games, and puzzles for children under 6. We have a large variety of toys for all interests!


We encourage families and caregivers to refrain from participating in the playgroup if you or your children have flu/cold/gastro symptoms.

Please participate in the group of the language spoken by the adult:

  • French: Mondays and Thursdays

  • English: Tuesdays and Fridays

  • If you want your child to be exposed to both languages, we invite you to participate in our bilingual playgroups (Wednesdays or Saturdays).

When the EarlyON playgroup is full, we will:

Our morning playgroups at our main location have a maximum capacity of 35 people.

For safety reasons, we ask that you please bring indoor shoes to our Playgroups.

Registration for virtual and special activities is required.

  • When registering, please enter the total number of guests (e.g. parent and child = 2 guests).

First Words is the Preschool Speech and Language Program of Ottawa and Renfrew County. We support families of preschool children of Ottawa and Renfrew County to reach their optimal communication development by providing free speech and language services. Our goal is to facilitate increased awareness, prevention, early identification, and intervention for early speech, language, and overall communication development in young children of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

*Subject to sudden change.


The Parenting in Ottawa drop-in will take place at the EarlyON centre on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  You can check your baby’s weight and ask any breastfeeding or parenting questions.  No appointment is necessary.

*Subject to sudden change.


Dominik Lavictoire

613 830-4357, ext. 303

Gabrielle Caron

613 830-4357, ext. 305

Gisèle Saliba

613 830-4357, ext. 304