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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 and or caregivers.

Guiding Principles:

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

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, early literacy, school readiness programs, and much more. See below for a list of programs offered.

The 519

519 Church Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9
Phone: 416-392-6874
Fax: 416-392-0519

Catchment area: Bloor Street to the North, Gerrard Street to the South; Parliament Street to the East and Bay Street to the West

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

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, ON M6N 1B7
Phone: 416-656-8025
Fax: 416-656-1264

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

Catchment area: C N and CPR railway tracks to the West, Lavender Rd, Rogers Rd, Rosecliffe Av and St Clair Av W to the North,  Bathurst Avenue to the East and Bloor Street to the South.

DPNCHC programs

  • Early Learning Drop In Program
    Drop-in program for parents/caregivers and children 0-6.
  • Building Blocks

An interactive parent-child program for children ages 21/2 to 4 years who require extra supports.

  • Ready to Learn
    School readiness program focused on children aged 3 to 4 years who will be entering kindergarten.

Dixon Hall (DH)

51 Wyatt Avenue
Toronto, ON M5A 1Y7
Phone: 416-863-0499
Fax: 416-863-9981
Catchment area: Ontario Lake to the South, Broadview Avenue to the East,  Sherbourne Street to the West and Gerrard St. to the North

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

DH 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)

355 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 0B2
Phone: 416-595-9230
Fax: 416-595-0242

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

University Settlement (US)

23 Grange Road
Toronto, ON M5T 1C3
Phone: 416-598-3444
Fax: 416-598-4401
Catchment area: College Street to the North, Yonge St. to the East, Front St. to the South and Spadina Avenue to the West.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri  | 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sat-Sun | 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

US programs

  • Family Leisure Swim
    Fun and safe physical recreational activity for families with children of all ages.
  • Grange Festival
    Family fun community festival in August that provides games, activities and entertainment.

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (WNC)

627 Queen’s Quay West
Toronto, ON M5V 3G3
Phone: 416-392-1509
Fax: 416-392-1512
Catchment area: Strachan Avenue to the West, Yonge Street to the East, Front Street to the North, Lake Ontario to the South.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri |  9:30 am to 9:30 pm
Sat-Sun | 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

WNC programs

  • Family Drop-In
    Drop-in program for caregivers and children 21/2-6 years in their care.
  • School Readiness Program
    Program for children 3-4 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, ON M6J 3A2
Phone: 416-532-4828
Fax: 416-532-8739
Catchment area: Bloor Street to the North, Lake Ontario to the South; Bathurst Street to the East, Roncesvalles Avenue to the West.

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

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.

WoodGreen Community Services (WCS)

251 Cosburn Avenue
East York, ON M4J M2M
Phone: 416-469-5211
Fax: 416-463-6528
Catchment area: Jarvis St. and Broadview Avenue to the West, Victoria Park Avenue to the East, Overlea Blvd and O’Connor Drive to the North and Lake Shore Blvd East to the South.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri | 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

WCS programs

  • After 4 Program

Age-appropriate developmental programming is provided for children aged 4-10 years.

  • Summer Camp

Children engage in a variety of recreational, fun and skill building activities.

  • 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 childcare is provided by qualified staff to parents/caregivers.

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

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.

Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment: Fact sheets and resources re: children’s health and the environment.

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

Child Care Finder: Helps in finding child care in the City

City of Toronto

City of Toronto Festivals and Events

City of Toronto Parks, Gardens and Beaches

City Parent: City Parent is a regional parenting publication featuring parenting advice, trends, products and events.

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

Health Canada

Kids Out and About: fantastic opportunities for fun, education, and cultural enrichment in our area

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

Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare: The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit, early childhood education and  care in the province of Ontario.

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

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

Parents Canada: Offers a variety of resources for parents.

Service Canada

Toronto Public Library

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

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

Programs and Services

Programmes en Français
Appointments and Frequently Asked Questions
Campaign 2000
Caring for Caregivers
Families in Transition
Growing Up Healthy Downtown
Healthy Families. Healthy Communities
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Options – Adults
Options – Children
Partner Assault Response
Partner Contact
Pat’s Place
Person Directed Planning
Seniors and Caregivers
Seniors Community Connections
Social Action
Transitional and Housing Support
Violence Against Women
Single Session Walk-In Counselling