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

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

Hours of operation:
Mon Fri 9:00am to 10:00pm
Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The 519 programs:

  • Family Resource Program
    Drop-in program for caregivers and children 0-6 in their care.
  • Queer Family Support Program
    Monthly family resource program for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual/Transgendered parents and their children aged 0-6.
  • Parent Education Workshops
    Educational Workshops ““ offered on a one-time basis based on feedback from parents and caregivers about topics of interest to families.

Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre (DPNCHC)

1900 Davenport Road
Toronto, Ont M6N 1B7
Phone: 416-656-8025
Fax: 416-656-1264

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

  • Parent Relief
    Free, short-term supervised childcare offered to families with children aged 0-6 years when parents need respite.
  • Ready to Learn
    School readiness program focused on children aged 3 to 5 years who will be entering kindergarten.
  • Early Learning Drop in Programs
    Drop-in program for parents, caregivers and children 0-6.
  • Parent Child Mother Goose
    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.

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

58 Sumach Street
Toronto, Ont M5A 3J7
Phone: 416-863-0499
Fax: 416-863-9981Website:
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

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services programs

  • Tiny Tots Day Camp
    A daily program delivered to children aged 3 to 5 years. The program offers social recreational programs with a focus on physical activity, nutrition, literacy, arts and crafts and the opportunity to explore 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 cultivating self-esteem and ongoing, peer-based social supports by offering workshops on a wide range of topics.
  • Family Crisis Support
    Individual family support provided on an occasional, as needed basis, to families dealing with issues relating to the health and well-being of families and young children.

Family Service Toronto

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

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

Harbourfront Community Centre

627 Queen’s Quay West
Toronto, Ont M5V 3G3
Phone: 416-392-1509
Fax: 416-392-1512
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

Harbourfront Community Centre programs

  • Parent/Child Drop-In
    Drop-in program for caregivers and children 0-6 in their care.
  • Pre-School Experiences Enrichment Program (PEEP)
    PEEP offers children ages 3-5 yrs. an opportunity to participate in activities aimed at school readiness including social skills development, fine and gross motor skills and language.
  • Babies Drop-In Program
    Parent networking with other parents and caregivers. Focus on sensory and manipulative activities, Story Time and Circle Time for newborn to 30 months old.
  • Baby and Me Literacy Workshops
    Literacy workshops tailored to babies, (newborn to 14 months old), and their parents/caregivers. Through the use of puppets, books, songs, rhymes and one-to-one support, this program will enhance the child’s development.
  • Read, Rhyme and Sing Literacy Workshops
    OECY Literacy Specialist offers an interactive parent and child program.  Parents will be led in singing songs and rhymes that are ideal for language development and school readiness for children aged 21/2 to 6 years.
  • Ready, Set and Grow Program for Toddlers
    The curriculum of the program offers a wide variety of nursery rhymes and games that will help your child with language development and gross motor skills. With attention to each toddlers individual and unique development.
  • Baby and Me Yoga/Pilates Fusion
    Designed for both parent and baby and incorporates interaction with child. Activities centre on developing core strength, reducing stress and re-balancing energy utilizing both Pilates and Yoga poses.
  • Family Gym
    Recreational activities in a family friendly environment. Sports equipment is provided.

West Neighbourhood House

248 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ont M6J 3A2
Phone: 416-532-4828
Fax: 416-532-8739
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 Neighbourhood House 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.
  • 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.
  • Music and Movement
    Program combines music with physical movement for children and their parents/caregivers to enjoy together.
  • Indoor Playground
    Offers parents/caregivers and children a wide range of gross motor activities that promote physical activity.
  • Playtime Drop In
    Parents/caregivers and children (0 to 6 years old) are welcome to drop in to the program and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. This program is designed to facilitate family/caregiver support where children, families and/or caregivers can interact, learn and play together.
  • Workshops
    On a variety of topics determined by participants.

University Settlement

23 Grange Road
Toronto, Ont M5T 1C3
Phone: 416-598-3444
Fax: 416-598-4401
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

University Settlement programs

  • Parent and Tot Swim
    Drop In swimming program for caregivers with children aged 6 months to 6 years.
  • Recreational Outings
    Community educational trips for families.
  • Grange Festival
    Community festival with a wide variety of family program activities

WoodGreen Community Services

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

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

WoodGreen Community Services programs

  • Individual Support and Referral
    Individual family support provided on an occasional,as-neededd basis, to families dealing with issues relating to the health and well-being of families and young children.
  • Parent Education and Support
    Outreach and connection building for parents with young children, focused on raising awareness of community resources and assisting parents to make use of existing networks and services.
  • Extended Hours Program
    Early morning supervision is provided for parents who are attending post-secondary training. Parents can register to leave their children in the care of qualified staff for care before day-care or school hours.

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.

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. 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.

Programs and Services

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Healthy Families. Healthy Communities
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Partner Assault Response
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Pat’s Place
Person Directed Planning
Seniors and Caregivers
Seniors Community Connections
Social Action and Community Building
Substance Abuse Professional Services
Violence Against Women
Walk-In Counselling