Schools & Children


Who we are:

The Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) Schools Committee is lead by two board members who are interested in strengthening the ties between the parents in the Cabbagetown community and the public schools in the area.

What we do:

Our role is to gather and disseminate information about the local public schools in Cabbagetown in order to help parents make an informed decision about their children’s education.

How we do it:

We will endeavour to facilitate and strengthen the relationship between the local schools and the Cabbagetown community by:

1. Holding informal Q&A sessions with parents in the community as a way to identify those school-related issues which are of most concern to residents.

2. Interviewing the Principals and Vice Principals of the local schools to identify what information they would like to relay to parents in the community.

Resources:

Toronto Public Schools

Sprucecourt Public School
70 Spruce Street
Toronto ON
416-393-1522
JK-Grade 8

Winchester Public School
15 Prospect Street
Toronto ON
416-393-1270
French Immersion centre SK-Grade 6
English Grade 7-8

Toronto Catholic Board

St. Paul Catholic School
80 Sackville Street
Toronto ON
416-393-5204
JK- Grade 8

Toronto French Public School Board

Gabrielle-Roy Elementary School
14, rue Pembroke
Toronto ON
M5A 2N7
416.393.1360
JK-Grade 6


Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
Parenting and Family Literacy Centres are free, school-based programs for parents and caregivers with children from birth to age six. These fun, play-based programs are designed to support your child’s early learning and development and are aligned with the Kindergarten program. They offer a safe, nurturing and stimulating program where children can play and parents can connect.  Many offer special theme days, lunches, visits to/from the library and other special events.

Sprucecourt Parenting and Family Literacy Centre
Sprucecourt Public School
70 Spruce Street
416-393-1522
M-F 9-12:30, however times vary.  Call for more details.  Closed in the summer.

Lord Dufferin Parenting and Family Literacy Centre
Lord Dufferin Public School
350 Parliament St
416-393-1760
M-Th 9-2, however times vary.  Call for more details.  Closed in the summer.


Drop in Centres
There are other centres run in and around Cabbagetown.  Many offer special theme days, art activities, stories and songs.

Gerrard Resource Centre
St. Simon’s-the-Apostle Church
525 Bloor St. East
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1J1
M-F 10-1
Run by the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson.  Also offers emergency child care.

The 519 Family Resource Room
519 Church Street
Toronto ON
416-392-6874
T-F 10-1
Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm
Indoor and outdoor play and a splashpad in the summer


Other places to visit
Sometimes you just need a destination.  Luckily there are a lot of great places to walk to nearby.

Riverdale Farm
201 Winchester Street
Toronto ON
416-392-6794
Daily, 9-5
See horses, cows, donkeys, pigs and more.  Walking paths and milking demonstrations.

Riverdale Farm Playroom
201 Winchester Street
Toronto ON
416-392-6794
A small playroom in the back of the Meeting House at Riverdale Farm.  Call for times.

Children’s Book Bank
350 Berkeley Street
Toronto ON
416-922-7323
M-Th 10-6 and Sat 11-3
Browse a huge, well organised collection of children’s books.  Each visitor is allowed to take one book home per visit.  They also accept donations of gently used children’s books and financial donations.

Allan Gardens Conservatory
15 Horticultural Avenue
Toronto ON
416-392-7288
Daily, 10-5pm
Six greenhouses with over 16 000 square feet of plants from Canada and around the world.
New playground on the South West of Allan Gardens coming in the Fall.

Regent Park Aquatic Centre – outdoor playground and NEW splash pad
640 Dundas Street East
Toronto ON
416-338-2237
Preschool Leisure Swim
M,W,F 1pm-2pm
Leisure Swim, various times throughout the week.  Call for more information as times vary.

Libraries
Cabbagetown has two public libraries nearby.  Both offer large children’s sections with books, DVD’s, CD’s and programming for children such as puppet plays and story time.  Please visit their websites for the most up to date information.

Parliament Street Library
269 Gerrard Street East
Toronto ON
416-393-7663

St. Jamestown Library
495 Sherbourne Street
Toronto ON
416-393-7744

City of Toronto Registered Programmes
The City of Toronto offers a variety of programmes and lessons throughout the year.  Registration is done at specific times and you must have a family and client PIN number before registration.  Call 311 for more information or pick up a FUN Guide.  There are a few programmes offered specifically in Cabbagetown.

Wellesley Community Centre
495 Sherbourne Street
416-392-0227
Preschool
-Playtime Fun (free)
-Crafty Creations (free)
-Jump and Play (free)
-Music with Caregiver (free)
Child/Youth
-a wide variety of sports at different times

Riverdale Farm
201 Winchester Street
416-392-6794
Preschool
-Indoor play (free)
-Sing along with Caregiver
-Little Farmer
Child
-Pottery
– Summer Camp Programs

Regent Park Aquatic Centre
Besides drop in free swim, RPAC also offers a huge number of lessons for all ages.  Check the FUN Guide or online for dates and times.

Regent Park South Community Centre
Sports
-Hip Hop
-Soccer
-Basketball
-Ball Hockey

Daycare/Preschool/Before and After Care

Cabbagetown Cooperative Nursery School
2 Lancaster Ave
Toronto, ON
(416) 964-2984
Half day nursery school classes for children 2.5-5 years old.  3, 4 or 5 day options.

Central Neighbourhood House
Two locations
1) 349 Ontario Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2V8
Tel: (416) 925-4363
2) Heritage Building
15 Prospect Street
Toronto, ON M4X 1C7
Tel: (416) 920-1034
Ontario location offers care for infants-preschool aged children and Winchester School location offers care for 2.5-5 years.

Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club
101 Spruce Street
Toronto, ON
416-925-2243
Offers many programmes for children, including after school care for kids in grades 1-6, summer day camps,
PA and Break programming, Breakfast Program and more.

Other
Paediatric Clinic
Sprucecourt Public School
http://www.kidsafterhourscare.ca
70 Spruce Street
Toronto ON
416-393-1522
A clinic for children attending Sprucecourt Public school, neighbourhood schools OR who have visited the Parenting Centre.  Staffed by a family doctor and a pediatrician.