Childcare Algoma

Drop-In Play Centres

Best Start Hub Drop-In Play Centres provide opportunities for parents, caregivers and children to interact with each other.  They engage in play-based activities which allow them to explore and express their unique selves, giving them a sense of well-being.  The face-to-face conversations among parents, caregivers and children in a safe and stimulating environment sets the stage for learning to happen as families feel secure in a place where they can connect and feel they belong.  Learning flourishes everywhere!

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SSM Best Start Hubs

Best Start Hub
102-A Wellington Street East

Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
EVENING HOURS: Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 & 4:00 to 7:00 p.m..
705-945-8898 ext. 255

Site Supervisor: Carrie Jones
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 301
e-mail: ssmeyss@childcarealgoma.ca

Program Coordinator: Diana Taranto
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 248
e-mail: dtaran@childcarealgoma.ca


Best Start Hub
16 Texas Avenue  

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
EVENING HOURS: Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 & 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Closed weekdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
705-945-8898 ext. 303

Site Supervisor: Carrie Jones
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 301
e-mail: ssmeyss@childcarealgoma.ca

Program Coordinator: Diana Taranto
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 248
e-mail: dtaran@childcarealgoma.ca


Best Start Hub
600 North Street

Hours of Operation
Thursday
EVENING HOURS:  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
705-542-3515

Site Supervisor: Carrie Jones
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 301
e-mail: ssmeyss@childcarealgoma.ca

Program Coordinator: Diana Taranto
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 248
e-mail: dtaran@childcarealgoma.ca


Best Start Hub
54 Amber Street

Hours of Operation
Friday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(705) 946-9739

Site Supervisor: Carrie Jones
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 301
e-mail: ssmeyss@childcarealgoma.ca

Program Coordinator: Diana Taranto
Phone: (705)945-8898 extension 248
e-mail: dtaran@childcarealgoma.ca


   Parent/Child Resource Centre "Best Start Hub"

Parent/Child Resource Centre Best Start Hub
3042 Second Line West

Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
EVENING HOURS: Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
705-779-3627

Executive Director:  Karen Vallee
Phone: (705)779-3627

e-mail: pcr@twp.prince.on.ca


Central Algoma Community Action Program for Children/ Best Start Hub

The Community Action for Program for Children/ Best Start Outreach Hubs in Central Algoma offer children and families in the rural communities the opportunity to socialize while engaging in activities that stimulate healthy growth and development. Our outreach programs work together as part of the community to support families, and to prepare children for school and to reach their full potential.  Our programs are community driven, universal, accessible, and focused primarily on meeting the needs of children and families. Parents also have access to resources and information about child development and a variety of parenting issues. Early years professionals assist parents in understanding their child’s development and through a coordinated access approach connect families with services they may need.

Drop in Programs are offered in partnership with local municipalities, schools and community agencies. The environment is set up to encourage active engagement, experimentation, exploration and social interaction. Curriculum is planned with goals for children’s learning and development based of the ages of the children, their emergent skills and interest, and is reflects the diversity of the families and communities served.    

Drop In Play & Learn Locations & Schedule:

Echo Bay Play & Learn

Monday Mornings~ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Echo Bay Community Hall ~ 257 Church Street, Echo Bay

St Joseph Island Play & Learn

Tuesday Mornings ~ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
St Joseph Island Free Methodist Church~ 1589 Hilton Road, St Joseph Island

Desbarats Play & Learn

Wednesday Mornings~ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Desbarats United Church ~ 15 Lake Huron Drive, Desbarats

Thessalon Play & Learn

Thursday Mornings ~10:00am- 12:00 pm
Church of Christ~ 8 Albert Street, Thessalon

Bruce Mines Play & Learn

Friday Mornings ~ 10:00am- 12:00 pm
Arthur Henderson Public School ~2 Henderson Lane, Bruce Mines

In addition to drop in services, outreach hubs offer a wide range of educational related programming. This parent support program, offers a variety of workshops and parent – child interactive readiness to learn programs in each community to strengthen parent capacity and empower parents and caregivers to prepare their children to be successful learners and resilient individuals.

For more information on our programs and services contact:

Megan Sole, R.E.C.E
Community Early Years Educator
Phone: 705-542-5661
Email: capc@childcarealgoma.ca

Kelly Rowlinson, R.E.C.E., A. E.C.E.O. C
Program Coordinator
Phone: 705-248-2043
Cellular phone: 705-946-9879
Email: krowli@childcarealgoma.ca