Our EarlyON and Family Resource programs offer children, parents and caregivers a warm and caring environment where we can foster participation in learning through a wide range of programs and services:

  • Programs oriented especially for children up to six years old;
  • Learning through play;
  • Resources and information from professionals with knowledge of early childhood development;
  • Information or referrals to specialized programs and services within the community;
  • Opportunity to meet and make connections with families and their children;
  • Opportunities for food education and hands-on learning.

All programs and services offered are FREE!

Nos programmes On y va et de ressources familiales procurent aux enfants, aux parents, et aux soignants un environnement chaleureux et bienveillant où nous pouvons favoriser la participation à l’apprentissage par un large éventail de programmes et de services :

  • les programmes axés sur les enfants de six ans ou moins;
  • l’apprentissage par le jeu;
  • les ressources et les renseignements de professionnels qui s’y connaissent en matière de développement de la petite enfance;
  • des renseignements ou un aiguillage vers des programmes et des services spécialisés qui sont offerts dans la collectivité;
  • la possibilité de rencontrer des familles et leurs enfants et de créer des liens avec eux;
  • des occasions d’éducation à l’alimentation et d’apprentissage pratique.

Ces programmes et services sont GRATUITS!

Manager, Family Services
LaCloche & Valley East sites: Stephanie Brazeau – 705-677-0440 ext 228 : stephanie.brazeau@ocof.net
Sudbury & Sudbury East sites: Dan Boivin – 705-677-0440 ext 236 : dan.boivin@ocof.net

Executive Director: Susan Nicholson
705-677-0440 ext 226 : susan.nicholson@ocof.net

Programs and Services

By engaging in play, children and their parents/caregivers learn together in an open, welcoming, inviting, and inclusive environment.

Open Door
Our EarlyON Child & Family Centre is open for families to drop-in to receive referrals, support, education and/or information from our trained and experienced staff.

Learning Through Play
This program inspires children and their parents/caregivers to explore, interact and research with materials which supports curiosity, learning and development.

Cooking with OCOF
This program offers parents/caregivers the opportunity to learn about the importance of healthy eating and develop their cooking skills by preparing healthy affordable meals.

Collective Kitchen
This program offers parents/caregivers the opportunity to get together to enhance their skills in planning and cooking nutritious meals for their families on a budget. Each program is held in 2 sessions: a planning session and a cooking session.

Slow Cooker Workshop
This program offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to prepare healthy affordable slow cooker meals and learn about the importance of healthy eating.

Cooking with Kids
Children between the ages of 2.5 to 12 years old will have the opportunity to learn basic cooking skills by preparing preselected recipes with the support from their accompanied parent/caregiver.

Steps & Stages
This program offers families with children from infancy to 4 years of age an opportunity to receive information and support on a variety of age-appropriate topics. Informal discussions give parents and caregivers the opportunity for personal growth and to share with each other the joys and challenges of raising their young children.

Parenting Programs
We provide participants the opportunity to receive education and support through programs such as: Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), H.E.L.P. Tool Box, Children See Children Learn, Bounce Back and Thrive, etc.

Parent Support Group
This group is for parents/caregivers who share similar challenges, joys, and experiences in raising children under the age of 6.

Dad’s Night
This program gives fathers/male role models and children the opportunity to interact together in an open and welcoming environment while participating in discussion, games and physical activities together. A nutritious meal is served.

Creating Healthy Babies
This program offers expectant mothers the opportunity to receive emotional, educational and nutritional support to assist them in developing a healthy baby during their pregnancy. Good Food Bags containing fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs and other protein sources are also provided free to participants.

Welcome Baby
Welcome Baby inspires parents/caregivers with babies up to 12 months of age to explore, interact and research with materials which supports curiosity, learning and development.

Getting Healthy with OCOF
This is a wellness program that promotes healthy and positive lifestyle choices.

Special Events
We host special events from time to time to give members and staff a chance to socialize and have fun together. Some special events that we have had in the past include fire station tours, nature walks, beach & playground outings and much more.

Hearing and Developmental Screening
Individual screening is offered using a checklist designed to help monitor children’s development. Hearing tests may also be available. This screening is meant for children ages 18 months and older.

Workshops give parents/caregivers the opportunity to receive support, education and information on a variety of topics.

Parent Advisory Committee
Parent Advisory Committee meetings give members a chance to share ideas and suggestions about programs.

Car Seat Inspections
We offer car seat inspection clinics.

Transportation may be available for registered participants.

Child Care
Child care may be available for registered participants during cooking and parenting programs.

Infant Food Cupboard
The Infant Food Cupboard Program provides assistance to families with infants under the age of 30 months who need infant formula, milk or diapers. This is an emergency service only and is not intended to provide permanent support. (705-677-0931)

Emergency Food Program
The Emergency Food Program provides assistance to families with young children experiencing food security issues. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and eggs, and other protein sources. This is an emergency service only and is not intended to provide permanent support. (705-677-0440)


All participants are asked to complete a registration package. This information enables us to obtain statistical data for our organization and is being collected for the sole purpose of tracking how many parents, caregivers, and children we are serving. We also want to ensure the safety of the participants who attend programing by having information about their allergies, special needs, and emergency contact information should something happen while they are attending program. None of the participant’s personal information will be shared with outside organizations or individuals without their consent. Registration packages can be completed with your Family Resource Worker.

What can a Family Resource Worker do for you?

Membership Registration Form