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 County 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 can be found throughout the province of Ontario.  EarlyON Child and Family Centres are parenting centres where parents and caregivers can:

  • take part with their children in a range of programs and activities.
  • get answers to questions.
  • get information about programs and services that are available for young children and their families.

What does the EarlyON Child and Family Centre do?

 EarlyON  offers playgroups, parent education workshops, support, and a variety of family centred activities and information links to community services.  Playgroups offer participants the opportunity to explore and learn through play while establishing friendships and networks of support.  We also work with a number of community partners to plan and deliver programs, workshops, and support to families.

When and where are EarlyON programs and services offered?

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?

EarlyON offers programs and services for families and caregivers with children 0 to six years old to support optimal development.  Staff at the Centre also helps families find information about other community services.  While the focus in 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 at www.crowlanark.com for up to date information on programs and services.  Call us at 613-283-0095 or toll-free at 1-800-267-9252. Like Us on Facebook!

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter online or call the Centre.

Ask a playgroup facilitator or workshop facilitator for information and for local Facebook pages. 

How can I find support as a parent?

EarlyON offers parents and caregivers opportunities to participate in parenting education workshops and discussion groups.  EarlyON staff are available for parent and caregiver questions at playgroup, workshops, community events, online and by phone.

How can I find information about other community programs?

  • You can visit our Weblinks pages 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.

Where do I go if I have a concern about my child?

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.  Visit 211 Ontario, Health Action Line, or Telehealth.

How is EarlyON funded?

The EarlyON Child and Family Centre receives funding from the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Education, through the County of Lanark. 

Children's Resources on Wheels
EarlyON Child & Family Centre

4 Ross Street
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4L5

Phone: 613-283-0095 extension 300 or
Toll Free: 1-800-267-9252 extension 300
Fax: 613-283-3324
Email: info@crowlanark.com