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Programming for Children

The University of Toronto has programming available for U of T community members and, in many cases, the public. Check out the Family Care Office website for information about:  

  • The drop-in centre at University Family Housing (for students who live in Student Family Housing on Charles Street on the St. George Campus) 
  • Camps on the St. George campus (open to all) 
  • Camps on the UTM campus (open to all) 
  • Camps on the Scarborough campus (open to all) 
  • Extracurriculars offered by U of T departments 

The City of Toronto offers a range of programs for families with children. For those living near UTM, refer to the programs for children offered by the Peel region.   

Family Support Programs within the Community 

Family support programs are also called family resource centres, parent/child drop-in centres and family literacy programs. Family support programs offer a safe and friendly environment for children to play and learn. They also provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to meet one another. Programs vary depending on age, but usually are geared towards newborns – 5 year olds. 

Most family support programs are drop-ins (i.e. no registration necessary) and free. You are welcome to go with your child any time during the hours of the program. Other programs are more structured and have planned activities, or may last for a number of weeks. Services and activities may include: parenting skills workshops, clothing exchange, toy lending libraries, community kitchens, information and referrals to community services, counseling, support or discussion groups, speakers, English as a second language instruction, physical fitness, recreation, food banks, and parenting resource libraries. Not all programs will offer all these services. 

Camps within the Community 

Looking for camps for summer and other school breaks? U of T itself offers some camps (top of page). You can find information about other camps though internet searches, asking on parent groups on social media or asking other parents in your neighbourhood/at your child’s school. Camps normally fill up very quickly, so keep the registration dates in mind. Here are some links to get you started on your search: