Early Childhood













Schools often work with Community Organizations to offer services to children 0-5 and their parents in a variety of workshops and events. These parent-and-tot sessions are often a great way to learn about the services and opportunities available at school and in the community, to help prepare your child for their eventual transition to preschool or Kindergarten. 

We have included a variety of offers and services available through schools, centres or even directly to parents. 

Check back every quarter for new and/or updates to these services. 


Early Childhood Provincial Action Plan

Bright Beginnings is an adapted approach to supporting English-speaking children 0 to 5 years old and their families. CHSSN and their partners combined their efforts and experiences along with other English community organizations across Quebec (including LEARN's PRT and the CLC network) to help inform the development of this provincial framework. 

Bright Beginnings is an approach that responds to specific risk factors often faced by English-speaking children and their families such as:
- lack of services available in English;
- increased isolation and mental health problems; and
- high percentage of parents living on low incomes.

Download a copy of the framework below (available in both English and French):


Bright Beginnings Model (EN) - Go to Page 

Bright Beginnings Model (FR) - Go to Page  

Provincial Action Plan (EN) - Go to Page 

Provincial Action Plan (FR) - Go to Page  





Early Childhood Resources

Agir Tôt 

Infographics and publications of recent Quebec-wide parent surveys, in French and in English go to site 

Naître et Grandir

Resources for families and children from conception to age 8 - go to site 

The french website offers a larger database of resources – go to site 

Toolkit in English (digital) to promote reading with children – go to site 

To order materials* - go to site 

*Every so often they provide material in English, thanks to the requests of CDAs. If you cannot find the material you need in English, we encourage you to contact them and make the request. 

Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development

The most up-to-date scientific knowledge on early childhood development, from conception to age five.

Information sheets on various subjects - go to site 

Canadian Parents For French

Resources for families on bilingual education.

Activity book for children, translated in multiple languages – go to site 

Early Childhood Week (La grande semaine des tout-petits) - Every November

Free materials and downloads to promote Early Childhood activities - go to site 

Parent-Child Programs

Books to Belly Program

Books to Belly!  is a program designed to encourage  essential skills by offering a series of literacy-related activities for parents or caregivers and their children (Aged 5 to 12), that can be replicated in a home setting.  go to site 

Mother Goose

Parent-child program to promote early (oral) literacy in children and model skills to parents

Cost related to training facilitators and paying them for animating the program, free for parents to attend


Parent-Tot Playgroup

Volunteer-run playgroup where parents can get together and children have free play, 2 hours a week

Runs on a $25 startup and donations from Maxi, Provigo and Costco (who love to get “thank you” pictures to display in their stores.


0-3 Parent-Child Group

10 week sessions led by partners on various themes :: creates a judgment-free space for parents to network

Access to Book For Tots

First Book Canada

Sign up to receive free/low-cost books if at least 70 percent of the children in your program (that can be one class or program or the entire school) come from low-income families – go to site 

Book Muncher / Croque-Livres / Little Lending Library

A place for exchanging previously-owned children’s books. You can buy or build a little lending library and add it to the growing network of Croque-Livres in Quebec – go to site 

Book Bag Project

Families are given a bag of books to take home for each child

Library Services

Opening up the library to families with children 0-5 before they enter school (during parent-child programs)

Some schools have trained parent volunteers to check out books to parent-child program participants, even if the children are not officially students in the school (yet!)

Literacy Events

These can take on many permutations: Literacy month, Literacy Week, Literacy night…

Some examples: I Love to Read Week, D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) mornings, Books, Bears and Blankets evening…

Teachers/schools may already have literacy events scheduled. Start there and see if there is anything you could add - an evening of reading in tents in the gym, grandparent storytelling, reading in the park, etc. and invite the parents with tots as well.

Resources from the CLC Network

Notes From The October 2017 CDA Training Workshop

This was a reflection on parent outreach, both in early childhood, and when the children enter preschool/pre-k/kindergarten. These questions, reflections and tips can be applied to parents with children at all levels.

Early Childhood Workshop Notes - Download File