Ontario Early Years Centre Ottawa-Orleans

 Our services are available to parents, families and caregivers of children 0 to 6 years old. The core services are the following: information and referral for services offered within the city of Ottawa; learning and socializing opportunities through drop-in playgroups; lending library; workshops and resources for parents and caregivers and volunteering opportunities. The Centre also offers a Parenting in Ottawa drop-in as well as a breastfeeding support drop-in. Services are offered free of charge in French and English.

Looking for information on parenting, child development, speech and language, school readiness, immunization and other topics related to early childhood? Call us at 613-830-4357.

Nut-free and Scent-free environment
• Bring indoor shoes


The EYC welcomes children from birth to age 6 (unless otherwise indicated) to come and take part in the activities with their parents or caregivers at our drop-ins during the following days and times:

Drop-In (birth to age 6)

Monday and Thursday 9-11am (French)
Tuesday and Friday 9-11am
Saturday 9-11am – Please check our calendar for dates

Drop-In (0-12 months)

Monday 1:15-2:45pm

Drop-In at the R.J. Kennedy Arena

Wednesday 9:30am-11am (English & French) – 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland


The following OC Transpo buses stop near our building : 135, 136 and 137.
Telephone (613) 741-4390

Newsletters and Events

The fall 2017 calendar is ready! Click here to view

For information regarding programming or becoming a volunteer please contact an OEYC Parent Resource Worker. We welcome your ideas for activities, special guests and workshops! Our calendar is out! You must register for all workshops by phone (613) 830-4357 or e-mail oeycottawaorleans@crcoc.ca.

Our Satellites

The OEYC has 3 satellite locations in Ottawa offering Early Years services. Please call or consult their website for their calendar. The OEYC satellite locations are:

Parenting in Ottawa drop in:

Do you have questions about your baby? Want to know if your child is on track? Do you have questions about your child’s growth and development? We are here to help.

The Parenting in Ottawa Drop-ins are located across the City of Ottawa. Speak with a public health nurse about parenting.

  • Get support for breastfeeding
  • Learn ways to help your child eat healthy and be active
  • Make sure your child is on track with their growth and development
  • Ask about your child’s social and emotional development

The program is available to:

  • Expectant parents, parents and guardians of children aged birth to 6 years of age

Find the Parenting in Ottawa Drop-in closest to you: 


Breastfeeding support drop in: 

A lactation consultant is on site on Thursdays from 1:00-2:30pm

Toy Lending Library

Parents and caregivers are welcome to borrow toys from our library for 14 days. Please visit us during the following days and times:

Monday and Tuesday 11:00-11:30am & 2:00-3:30pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00-11:30am

Did you know that…

Nipissing Developmental Screen
The Nipissing Developmental Screen is a checklist designed to help monitor your child’s development. This screening tool is used across the province. Would you like a copy? Ask us.

By 24 months your child should be able to:
•  Use 100 to 150 words?
•  Use 2 word sentences – “daddy hat”, “more milk”?
•  Follow two-step directions – “Go find your teddy bear and show it to Grandma.”?

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s development, talk to a Parent Resource Worker.