Family Support Programs

Family support programs offer a friendly environment for children to play and learn. They also provide a way for parents and caregivers in the community to meet one another, helping caregivers to break the isolation. Most programs are on a drop-in basis, where you and the child are welcome to come and go any time during the hours of the program. Others are more structured, where the program may have planned activities, or may last for a certain number of weeks. For more detailed information about family support programs, read our PDF format Family Support Programs tipsheet.

On Campus

Charles Street Drop-in Centre 

The Charles Street Drop-in Centre provides parents of the Student Family Housing apartments and their children age five years and under with a place to meet and socialize. The centre is staffed by a supervisor, trained in Early Childhood Education (ECE), work/study students, volunteers, and parents. Parents are expected to stay and participate in the various activities and playtime. The program is free and is restricted to children of student families living at Charles Street. For hours and further details visit the Student Family Housing website.

Robarts Family Study Space (130 St. George Street)

Canada’s first academic library family study space is available to U of T current students, staff (including postdocs), faculty members, and visiting scholars with children 12 years and under. For more information and to apply for a free access fob go to Family Study Space at Robarts and complete the online registration form.

In the Community

Throughout the city, many community organizations and boards of education operate family support programs in schools, community centres, storefronts or church basements. Check out the FCO Resource Centre for a list of the family support programs close to campus.