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Children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential. They grow up in families with diverse social, cultural and linguistic perspectives. Every child should feel that he or she belongs, is a valuable contributor to his or her surroundings, and deserves the opportunity to succeed.

When we recognize children as capable and curious, we are more likely to deliver programs and services that value and build their strengths and abilities (Reference: "How Does Learning Happen - Ontario Ministry of Education." Ministry of Education. Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014).

As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager, The City of Windsor Children's Services is committed to the inclusion of all children in early learning and care programs regardless of their diverse strengths and needs. Inclusion means that all children will learn together in environments that provide services and supports for all children as needed.

City of Windsor Children's Services requires all early learning and child care programs that have entered into a purchase of service agreement with the City of Windsor to have an inclusion, access and equity policy. The goal is to ensure that all children, regardless of their diverse strengths and needs, have access to an early learning and child care centre in their community.

Every licensed early learning and child care program in Windsor-Essex has access to a Resource Consultant for children with special needs, through Children First, who regularly visits and provides support, including:​

  • Early identification and intervention
  • Individual and program consultation
  • Training and coaching to Early Childhood Educators
  • Consultative/intensive resource support, as required
  • Program adaptations and modifications
  • Service coordination, and more

There are a number of agencies in Windsor that provide support to families with children from birth to six who have special needs. These supports play an important role in a child's early learning and development.

Aboriginal Programming

Aboriginal EarlyON Programming is available at the Ska:Na Family Learning Centre

  • Services offered at this location are for all EarlyON families who have a desire to learn along with their children a holistic way of life based on the Aboriginal cultures of North America.
  • For more information, call (519) 948-8115, or visit their website at

Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre

The Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre is driven by the desire of Aboriginal peoples within the areas of Windsor and Essex County to become a self-sufficient, self-determining, self-governing community.

Historically, the Friendship Centre has been the focal point for Aboriginal peoples within the urban environment.

Aboriginal Child Resource Centre

Learn more about the Aboriginal Child Resource Centre.

French Language Programming

Francophone EarlyON programming is available at the Franco-Sol EarlyON Child and Family Centres:

  • St. Edmond School in Windsor
  • George P Vanier in Windsor
  • Pavillon des Jeunes in Belle River

Families do not need to have French as a first language to participate, but the program is in French.

For more information, call (519) 948-4339 or visit the Franco-Sol website.

Best Start - Meilleur départ

Provides various resources for parents, available in both French and English.

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