Growing Up Healthy Downtown (GUHD) is a partnership of eight multi-service community agencies. We deliver programs and services that focus on improving the health and well-being of young children, as well as offering support and new skills to their parents or caregivers.

Guiding Principles:

  • Children First;
  • Strengthening and Supporting Families;
  • Equity and Accessibility;
  • Flexibility;
  • Partnerships and Collaboration; and
  • Community-based Delivery.

If you’re looking for a place to drop in with your kids for a couple of hours, make some new friends/connections or learn more and get involved in your community,  GUHD has something for you. Call Sophia Ali, GUHD Co-ordinator, at 416-595-9230 ext. 330 for more information.

GUHD receives funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada‘s Community Action Program for Children.

We are community focused and community driven. Download brochure.

We offer a variety of parenting and children’s programs including drop-ins, parent relief, early literacy, school readiness programs, and much more. See below for a list of programs offered.

The 519

519 Church Street
Toronto, Ont M4Y 2C9
Phone: 416-392-6874
Fax: 416-392-0519
Website: www.the519.org

Catchment area: Bloor Street to Gerrard Street; Parliament Street to Bay Street.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri | 8:30am to 10:00pm
Sat | 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sun | 10:00pm to 5:00pm

The 519 programs:

  • Family Resource Program
    Drop-in program for caregivers and children 0-6 in their care.
  • Queer and Trans Family Drop In
    Monthly family resource program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans. parents/caregivers and their children aged 0-6.

Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre (DPNCHC)

1900 Davenport Road
Toronto, Ont M6N 1B7
Phone: 416-656-8025
Fax: 416-656-1264
Website: http://dpnchc.com/

Hours of operation:
Mon-Thurs | 9:00am to 9:00 pm
Fri | 9:00am to 5:00pm

Catchment area: St. Clair Ave West to Bloor Street; Alberta Avenue and the Railway tracks

DPNCHC programs

  • Early Drop In Program
    Drop-in program for parents/caregivers and children 0-6.
  • Ready to Learn
    School readiness program focused on children aged 3 to 4 years who will be entering kindergarten.
  • Parent/Child Education Groups (Mother Goose Program)
    Develops parent/child bonding and attachment based on oral rhymes and storytelling. Home language, culture and diversity of family structures are all included in program.
  • Parent Relief/Emergency Child Care
    Free, short-term supervised childcare offered to families with children aged 0-6 years when parents need respite.

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services (DHNS)

58 Sumach Street
Toronto, Ont M5A 3J7
Phone: 416-863-0499
Fax: 416-863-9981Website:
Website: www.dixonhall.org
Catchment area: Gerrard St to Lakeshore Blvd; Don River to Sherbourne St.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Thurs | 8:30am to 8:00pm
Fri | 8:30am to 4:30pm

DHNS programs

  • Tiny Tots
    Summer social recreational program for children that focuses on physical activity, nutrition, literacy, arts and crafts and exploration of Toronto.
  • Women’s Health Circle
    Program for women utilizing a holistic approach to health including non-traditional approaches to issues such as smoking cessation, safe sexual practices and physical wellness.
  • Parent Education and Support
    Program for parents focused on peer-based social supports and workshops on a wide range of topics.
  • Family Crisis Support
    Individual family support relating to the health and well-being of families with young children provided on an occasional, as needed basis.

Family Service Toronto (FST)

202 – 128 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, On M6R 2B7
Phone: 416-595-9230
Fax: 416-595-0242
Website: www.familyservicetoronto.org

Hours of operation:
Mon – Fri | 9:00am to 5:00pm

University Settlement (US)

23 Grange Road
Toronto, Ont M5T 1C3
Phone: 416-598-3444
Fax: 416-598-4401
Website: http://www.universitysettlement.ca/
Catchment area: College Street to Front Street; Yonge Street to Spadina Avenue.

Hours of operation:
Mon – Fri  | 8:00am to 9:00pm
Sat | 9:00am to 5:00pm

US programs

  • Parent and Tot Swim
    Drop In swimming program for caregivers with children aged 6 months to 6 years.
  • Family Recreation Swim
    Fun and safe physical recreational activity for families with children of all ages.
  • Kids Posse
    Crafts, games, homework help, local field trips and a light dinner for children aged 3 to 12 years.
  • Grange Festival
    Family fun community festival in August that provides games, activities and entertainment.

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (WNC)

627 Queen’s Quay West
Toronto, Ont M5V 3G3
Phone: 416-392-1509
Fax: 416-392-1512
Website: http://harbourfrontcc.ca/
Catchment area: Lakeshore Blvd to Lake Ontario; Yonge Street to Stadium Road.

Hours of operation:
Mon – Fri |  9:30am to 9:30 pm
Sat – Sun | 12:00pm to 5:00pm

WNC programs

  • Parent/Child Drop-In
    Drop-in program for caregivers and children 0-6 in their care.
  • School Readiness Program
    Program for children 3-5 years old that focuses on five developmental domains in accordance with the Early Development Instrument (EDI).
  • Babies Family Drop In
    Parent networking with other parents and caregivers. Focus on sensory and manipulative activities, Story Time and Circle Time.

West Neighbourhood House (West NH)

248 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ont M6J 3A2
Phone: 416-532-4828
Fax: 416-532-8739
Website: http://www.westnh.org/
Catchment area: Bloor Street to Lake Ontario; Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue.

Hours of operation:
Mon – Fri |  8:00am to 9:00pm
Sat | 9:00am to 5:00pm

West NH programs

  • Early Learning Program
    Pre-school children and their parents/caregivers are given the opportunity to enhance early reading, writing, math and creative skills in a welcoming environment as they engage in cognitive, fine motor, sensorial and social-emotional activities.
  • Indoor Playground
    Parents/caregivers with young children are offered a wide range of gross motor activities that promote physical activity.
  • Parent Workshops
    On a variety of topics determined by participants.
  • Parent Relief
    Program offers parents the opportunity to leave their children in the care of qualified staff for short periods of time so they can attend to other chores or responsibilities.

WoodGreen Community Services (WCS)

69 Pape Avenue
Toronto, Ont M4M 2V5
Phone: 416-469-5211
Fax: 416-463-6528
Website: www.woodgreen.org
Catchment area: Danforth Avenue to Lakeshore Blvd; Coxwell Avenue to the Don River.

Hours of operation:
Mon – Fri | 8:30am to 6:30pm

WCS programs

  • Parent Education and Support
    Outreach, engagement and peer support for families with young children. Emphasis on raising awareness of community resources and assisting parents to make use of existing networks and services. Individual family support and referral are also provided as needed.
  • Extended Hours Program
    After hours child care is provided by qualified staff to parents/caregivers.

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development: A free online encyclopedia which covers 47 topics related to the psychosocial development of the child, from conception to the age of five, and presents the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.

Children and Youth with Disabilities-Toronto Central: A database of programs which provide supportive services for children and youth with disabilities.

Zero to Three: a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

Community Information Toronto: Information on programs and services in Toronto.

Cultural Hotspot: Celebrating creativity and community

Best Start: Supports service providers across the province of Ontario working on health promotion initiatives to enhance the health of expectant and new parents, newborns and young children.

National Alliance for Children and Youth: A nonprofit umbrella organization which brings national organizations together in a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children and youth in Canada

Parents Matter: Offers a variety of resources for parents.

ParentCentral.net: Guidance on parenting from professionals/counsellors

Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare: The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), founded in 1981, advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit, regulated child care in the province of Ontario.

Canadian Institute of Children’s Health: CICH speaks out on issues involving children and youth to all levels of government, media, parents and caregivers.

Child Care Finder: Helps you to find child care in the city

Children’s Health and Environment: An assortment of organizations who want to improve children’s environmental health.

Service Canada

Ontario Ministry of Education: Child and family programs including early years centres

Health Canada

Ministry of Health and Long Term Services: Health programs and services in Ontario

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Toronto Public Library

Call us at 416-595-9230 ext. 330 if you need help in finding specific information, program or service.

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