What is CROW?

Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening child care, family life, child development and community links in Lanark County. We currently provide Lanark families with two main streams of service: EarlyON Child and Family Centre and Licensed Home Child Care.

What is EarlyON Child and Family Centre?

EarlyOn Child and Family Centres are welcoming places that offer a range of services:

  • join fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more
  • get advice from professionals trained in early childhood development 
  • find out about other family services in your community
  • connect with other families with young children

How is EarlyON funded?

The EarlyON Child and Family Centre receives funding through the County of Lanark.  

Who does EarlyON Child and Family Centre report to?

EarlyON reports to the Children’s Resources on Wheels Board of Directors and the County of Lanark. 

What does the EarlyON Child and Family Centre do?

The EarlyON Family and Child Centre offers playgroups, parent education workshops and support, school readiness,  and information links to community services. We work with a number of community partners to plan and deliver programs, workshops, and support to families.

Where are the EarlyON programs and services?

The EarlyON main office is in Smiths Falls and EarlyON programs and services are delivered throughout the County of Lanark. For more information about specific program and service locations go to our calendar on our website or phone 613-283-0095 (toll free at 1-800-267-9252). Like us on Facebook!

Who can access EarlyON?

Families and caregivers of children 0-6 years old can participate in EarlyON programs.

How old do children have to be to attend programs?

EarlyON offer programs and services for children 0 to six years old. Staff at the Centre also helps families find information about other community services. While the focus is on the early years, staff may have information about other services and programs for children older than six.

How much does it cost to attend EarlyON programs?

Free! All services are free to parents and caregivers of young children.

How do I find out about EarlyON programs?

You can visit our website   for up to date information on programs and services.  Call us at 613-283-0095 or toll free at 1-800-267-9252.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter online or call the Centre.

How can I find out information about other community programs?

  • You can visit our Weblinks page on our website  From there you can choose resources for parents and/or professionals.
  • Call EarlyON at 613-283-0095 or 1-800-267-9252
  • Ask a playgroup facilitator or workshop facilitator for information.

How do I know if my child is developing normally? 

To see if your child is developing normally use the Nipissing District Development Screen tool  (NDDS)

If you have a concern about your child you can discuss it with a playgroup facilitator, parent education coordinator, your physician, or call EarlyON for information and referral.

What is a playgroup?

EarlyON playgroups offer participants the opportunity to explore and learn through play, while establishing friendships and networks of support. Early Learning activities include:

  • access to inclusive, play and inquiry-based learning opportunities
  • interactive learning
  • imaginative play
  • physical activity programs
  • creative arts and crafts
  • music and movement
  • literacy activities

What is parent education?

EarlyON offers parents and caregivers opportunities to participate in parenting education workshops and discussion groups. Early childhood professional are available for parent and caregiver questions regarding healthy childhood development and milestones.