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About Heart Beatz

What Is Heart Beatz?
Heart Beatz is a registered Canadian charity offering family-friendly, community-centered services that support the people who live, work, and play in our neighborhoods. Our motto is "Be the Best you can Be."
How can I find out about the programmes that Heart Beatz offers?
This website is a good place to start. Please view our Programme page for information on individual programmes. If you have questions, feel free to connect with the relevant programme on our contact page.
Can I visit your programmes to check them out?
We welcome visitors. Please call ahead to make an appointment to visit child care centres or summer camps. Youth are welcome to drop by our programmes. Our EarlyON Centres are drop-in.
How do I apply for a Heart Beatz program?
Most of our programmes require registration. Please contact the relevant programme manager for details.
Are there waiting lists for your programmes?
Yes, some of our programmes have waiting lists at various times of year. Please contact the relevant programme manager to get on the list.
How can I donate to Heart Beatz and where does my donation go?
Thanks for thinking of us! Please visit our Donation page for more information

Child Care

What ages of children do you accept in your child care centres?
Our sites accept children in the following age groups: Infant (Newborn – 18 months); Toddler (18 months to 2.5 years); Preschool (2.5 years – 4 years). Before and After School Care is offered for children aged 6 to 12.
What are the operating hours of your child care centres?
Our child care centres operate from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How do I enrol in your child care programmes and what information is needed to register?
Please contact our child care programme managers for details on how to register.
Do you have a waiting list and how do I get on it?
Yes, there is a waiting list for our child care centres – please email our programme managers to add your name.
Is there a fee for your child care programmes? Are there subsidies?
Yes, there is a fee and there are also subsidies. Please contact our child care programme managers.
What are the qualifications of the staff at your child care centres?
All our childcare staff are required to have degree or diploma in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Education or other ministry-approved degree. Many are also trained in First Aid/CPR Level “C”.
Is food provided at the child care centre?
Yes, food is provided at our infant, toddler and preschool programs. Food is prepared by an in-house chef and dieticians consult on menus. We can also accommodate food allergies and restrictions.
What are the activities at the child care?
Please see our Child Care page for a list of activities by age group.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres

What is an EarlyON Child and Family Centre?
EarlyON centres are located across Ontario, and offer families with children from birth up to 6 years old a drop-in support space as well as a range of services, from activities to advice to connection with families in the area. Read more about the EarlyON programme at www.ontario.ca/page/find-earlyon-child-and-family-centre.
Is the whole family welcome to attend the Centres?
Yes! Parents and children from birth to 6 years old are invited. Parents must stay with their children at the centres.
What are the operating hours of your EarlyON centres?
Our EarlyON centre operates daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
What programming is available at EarlyON centres? Do I need to register?
EarlyON centres offer drop in programming for parents and children from birth to 6 years old. We offer everything from daily Circle Time where we read stories, to regular workshops on topics from parenting to cooking. Some workshops require registration. Read more on our EarlyON page.
Can I leave my child at the EarlyON centre?
No, you may not leave your child. A parent or caregiver has to stay on the premises at all times.
Is programming free?
Yes, EarlyON Centres are available at no cost to families.

Youth and School-aged After School Programmes

What ages do you accept in your youth programmes?
Our programmes are for youth in grades 7 to 12. Youth are divided into smaller age-range groups for the programmes.
What are the operating hours of your youth programmes?
Our programmes operate from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How do I enrol in your youth programmes?
You must register for the programmes. Visit our contact page to connect to the location you’re interested in joining.
What is the average size of your youth program?
Our groups are generally 15 to 25 youth plus supervisors.
What activities are available in your youth programmes?
We do everything from cooking to sports! Visit our Youth Programmes page to find out more
Is this programme offered free?
Yes. All you need to do is register.

Community Kitchens

What goes on in your community kitchens?
Our community kitchens offer youth in grades 7 to 9 a place to practice their cooking skills while learning together about healthy food and good nutritional choices. Please see more on our Community Kitchens page.
What are the operating hours of the community kitchen?
Community kitchens take place weekly from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Do I have to register to participate in a community kitchen programme? Is there a fee?
There is no fee and all food and materials are included. You must register: contact the community youth program manager to do so.
Do participants get to choose the food prepared?
Yes! Participants are involved in choosing all recipes and our student dietician consults with them to find out about what food they are interested in preparing. Youth are encouraged to bring in their own family recipes for everyone to try and enjoy together.
What equipment is provided in a community kitchen? Do I need to bring anything?
No, everything is provided. Our kitchens include refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, and all utensils.
Is this programme offered free?
Yes. All you need to do is register.

Summer Camps

What are the age ranges at your summer camps?
Heart Beatz offers summer camps for school-aged children as well as youth. Our school-aged programme serves children from Kindergarten to grade 6 and our youth programmes are for youth in grades 7 to 12.
What are the hours of your summer camps?
Our school-aged summer camps operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Our youth camps operate from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How do youth and children enrol in summer camp? Is there a wait list?
All you need to do is register. Parents can visit our child-care page to register for school-aged summer camps. Youth and parents can visit the youth summer camp page find details about registering for youth summer camp.
My child has special needs – do your camps meet those needs?
Our programmes are inclusive. We do our best to accommodate special needs. Please speak to the programme manager for details.
Who are the staff at your summer camps?
Our summer camp for school-aged children is staffed by early childhood educators. Our youth summer camp staff are experienced supervisors who are students in or graduates of post-secondary programmes such as early sports and leisure, child and youth care worker, social worker, psychology, sociology or kinesiology.
Are summer camps offered free?
There is a charge for summer camp for school-aged children – please see the programme page for details. Youth camps are free - all you need to do is register.
What activities to youth do in summer camps?
We do lots of fun activities - visit our Summer Camps page to find out more.
Is food included at summer camp?
At both school-aged and youth summer camps, snacks are included and both children and youth are asked to bring their own lunches (nut-free please).
How big are your camper groups?
School-aged summer camps are up to 30 children. Youth summer camp groups are usually around 25 youth.
What grades are eligible for the youth summer camp?
School-aged summer camps accept children from Kindergarten to grade 6. Youth summer camp accepts youth starting in grade 7.