Parent Education

Parent/Caregiver education provides workshops on a variety of early years topics by facilitating small group sessions, large group presentations and parent/child sessions.

At our workshops we

    • invite conversations and information sharing about child development, parenting, nutrition, play and inquiry based learning,
    • make connections for families, and
    • increase awareness of programs and services available for the whole family.
Jane Paul, Parent Education Coordinator interview with Lake 88 on Risky Play
Jane Paul, Parent Education Coordinator on Lake 88 talking about Parent Tips.
Jane Paul, Parent Education Coordinator on Lake 88 talking about Workshops
Jane Paul, Parent Education Coordinator with Lake 88 discussing Praise

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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!

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. 

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

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.

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.

  • Call EarlyON at 613-283-0095 or 1-800-267-9252
  • Ask a playgroup facilitator or workshop facilitator for information.

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 OntarioHealth Action Line, or Telehealth.

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