Find a Child and Family Centre

Child and family centres (also known as Best Start Hubs) are warm and welcoming places for children and their families to gather.  The centres provide opportunities for children to participate in play and learning programs, and for parents to meet-up with other parents. Parents and caregivers also have access to caring and knowledgeable staff that can provide information about child development and specialized services as needed to help support parents in their role.

The Best Start Hubs offer scheduled programs such as infant massage, music and movement, and toddler story time.  They also offer drop-in opportunities so that families can visit when it works for them.  Check out the Best Start Hub in your community for more information about what’s available to you and your family.

Fort Frances
Rainy River

Atikokan (Sun Dog) Best Start Hub

Coordinator: Tania Bimm
Location: Rawn Road Centre
Phone: (807) 597-1481

Emo EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Coordinator: April Simmons
Location: 56 Front Street (downstairs in the Emo Public Library)
Phone: (807) 482-2946


Fort Frances EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Coordinator: Cara Balla
Location: 281 Second Street E.
Phone: (807) 271-3220


Fort Frances Aboriginal Family Support Program

Coordinator: Kristen Kelly
Location: 616 Mowat Avenue (Circle of Life Centre)
Phone: (807) 274-8541
Facebook: @CAPCFF and @PrenatalWorker


Rainy River EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Coordinator: Amanda Cyr
Location: 11 Mill Avenue (co-located with Riverview Elementary School)
Phone: (807) 271-4266


Stratton EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Coordinator: Debbie Spence
Location: Hwy 11 & Fire Road 11605
Phone: (807) 483-5319