Family Services

We believe all children are competent, capable, curious and rich in potential!

Our diverse and inclusive child care programs offer play-based learning, environments and experiences driven by the interests of the children and supported by caring, compassionate and dedicated staff. Your children will explore, discover and inquire about the world around them through play.

Tour our child care space in Trenton or Belleville to see how we facilitate hands-on, play-based, experiential learning. Your guided tour will give you the opportunity to see first-hand how our Early Childhood Educators interact and engage with the children in our care. Tours can be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m, Monday to Friday.

Please call to book your tour today:

Trenton  - (613) 965-2442

Belleville - (613) 779-6115

Frankford - (613) 965-3575

Licensed Child Care

Belleville

610 Dundas Street East, Belleville

Families, military and civilian, can register for licensed child care at the MFRC in Belleville! Your child can discover, experiment and play with early childhood educators in our brand new space.

Spaces are available for infant, toddler and preschool children. Visit the Belleville branch to see how we can serve your family in the community that you live in!

Contact us to learn more:

Belleville MFRC Child Care - all main inquiries

  • (613) 779-6115
  • bellevillechildcare@trentonmfrc.ca

 
Andrea Turner, Belleville Supervisor

  • (613) 242-7251
  • andrea.t@trentonmfrc.ca

Hours of Operation (Monday to Friday)

Reception and General Programming:
Child Care: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. *if needed

Frankford

36 Adelaide Street, Frankford

Families, military and civilian, can register for licensed child care in Frankford! Your child can discover, experiment and play in our bilingual preschool program for ages 2.6 - 3.8 years old. There is limited space for toddlers.

Hours of Operation (Monday to Friday)

The MFRC Frankford branch offers child care from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. all year round.

Contact us to learn more:

  • (613) 965-3575

Trenton

50 Rivers Drive East, Trenton

We offer full-time, part-time and casual care for children six months up to 12 years of age. We currently have spaces available for toddler and preschool aged children.

What stands our centre apart is the flexibility that we offer. The Trenton MFRC understands the demands of the military lifestyle and we recognize that non-military and civilian parents are incredibly busy – no matter what your lifestyle, you are juggling work, after-school programs, extra-curricular activities, personal wellness and more. We will work with you to meet your schedule.

We also provide a healthy menu on a four-week rotation, including nutritious snacks in the morning and afternoon along with daily lunches that are all cooked in-house.

The majority of our staff are registered Early Childhood Educators and our dedicated caregivers provide fun educational activities for all ages. Additionally, we offer school-age programs for PA days, March Break and during the summer. For more information, please consult the Parent's Guide.

Hours of Operation (Monday to Friday)

The Trenton MFRC Main Site: 6:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Hangar: 6:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s: 6:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Rates

Please contact us to learn more.

Trenton MFRC Child Care – all main inquiries

Denise Currie, Child Care Director

Karine Savoie, Child Care Financial Administrator

We have a separate email just for receiving children’s booking requests and cancelations: childcare@trentonmfrc.ca.

If you are calling later in the afternoon with an urgent matter and you reach the voicemail, please call Little Toads ext. 3137 - they have a portable phone for this purpose.

Home Child Care

You can help shape young lives. You can run your own business inside your own home. You can be a Home Child Care Provider.

The Trenton MFRC is launching Home Child Care! This program will offer the benefits of a family atmosphere and individual attention, combined with legislated standards of quality and safety.

As part of this new program, Home Child Care Providers are self-employed, contracted and paid by the Trenton MFRC in order to offer care in their own homes for a maximum of six (6) children.

The Trenton MFRC approves, supervises and supports caregivers who are interested in developing their own home-based child care business. Every effort will be made to accommodate most work schedules through flexible hours of care.

The Trenton MFRC will regularly conduct scheduled and unscheduled visits to ensure that all safety and other standards are maintained. Our Home Child Care Providers are also given ongoing administrative support, First Aid and CPR training, as well as opportunities for professional development.

The Home Child Care program is licensed by the Ministry of Education to administer the operation of this program in accordance with the Child Care Early Years Act.

To learn more about this new program please contact Susan Stoddard, Children’s Program & Home Child Care Coordinator:

Youth & Teen Programs

For youth 6 – 12 years and teens 13 – 18 years.

The MFRC works with youth, teens and community partners to ensure the provision of youth/teens programs which promote emotional and social well-being and address any identified needs. Some of these programs are: babysitting, home alone, self-defence, bike safety and self-esteem workshops. A newly refurbished Youth Centre is located in the MFRC/Siskin Centre; you can find the entrance at the side door.

The Youth Centre has a variety of activities for youth 6-18 years old, with new programs added to the monthly calendar:  craft days, outdoor activities, pool table, ping pong, a well-stocked canteen, karaoke, Wii, PS2 just to name a few. The Centre is supervised at all times and parents are invited to stop by any time to see the activities.

September Youth Centre Calendar

The Youth Centre is for children/youth over the age of six. We ask parents to adhere to the age limit. For children under the age of six (6), programs can be found under the Children & Parents section.

For more information please contact Rabia Stobbart, Youth & Personal Development Coordinator:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 2568
  • rabia.s@trentonmfrc.ca

Trenton MFRC Youth Centre
50 Rivers Drive East
CFB Trenton (Side door)

For special needs children and youth, the MFRC assists parents to access information and resources, and fosters a support network for parents. Please call us for more information.

Children & Parent Programs

The Playroom Corner

8 Reasons to Drop-in

The playroom provides a safe comfortable setting for you to enjoy the company of other adults and make use of our resources, while keeping and alert eye on your children and interacting with peers.

Eight reasons why you should drop-in:

  • Your child's life revolves around play
  • A great place to meet new friends
  • Enjoy a coffee and moral support from parents and caregivers
  • The messy artwork is not in your kitchen!
  • Opportunities for volunteering
  • Exchange toys on a regular basis
  • Informative resources at your finger tips
  • Trained professionals to answer your questions

Playroom Fall Calendar

For more information please contact Susan Stoddard, Children’s Program/Home Childcare Coordinator:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 3317
  • susan.s@trentonmfrc.ca

An Emergency Child Care Plan is a written plan that describes both your regular arrangements for your child and those for an emergency. For example, if your regular arrangement is an infant at home with a parent, who will care for your child if that parent is in an accident while the other parent is deployed? What is your back up plan if this arrangement breaks down? The Emergency Child Care Plan is not the Family Care Plan (DAOD 5044) that you file with your unit but is an additional resource to assist you in planning for child care emergencies. The Emergency Child Care Plan describes in detail your child’s situation on a day-to-day basis. 

Emergency Child Care Plan Form

When developing a Family Care Plan, start looking as far in advance as you can. No matter what type of care you are considering - a child care center, care in someone else's home or having someone come to your home - finding the right child care option can take some time. Look at your schedule and determine if you will need care during off hours, nights or weekends or if you have the possibility of frequent or short tasking’s. You should be developing a plan that takes into consideration care in the event that your primary care provider is not available.

Things to take into consideration when developing a Family Care Plan:

  1. It is important that you understand what an emergency is as determined by the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre. An emergency is defined as a complete failure of your Family Care Plan ie; both primary and back up care plans. Lack of planning does not constitute an emergency.
  2. Family Care plans need to cover care during deployment/training, short notice tasking and the regular workday.
  3. If your primary care provider is your spouse or partner you need to develop a plan that takes into consideration:  a. who will provide care if she/he is ill b. what are his her work requirements
  4. If your primary care provider is a daycare facility or a home childcare provider who will provide care if the centre is closed for a statutory holiday or the home care provider is taking vacation or is ill.
  5. The Trenton Military Family Resource Center’s Emergency Childcare Program or the Daycare cannot be listed as part of your family care plan. We can only assist you with care due to a complete failure of your care plan and even then cannot always guarantee that we can provide care.
  6. If you have the possibility of needing care outside of the regular work day frequently, you should begin planning for this in your regular budget. Dual military service couples or single parent members should speak to their orderly room to determine if any funding is available through the Family Care Assistance plan. As well, take into consideration that if you leave quickly and are gone for more than 24 hours you may need to have funds available to the care provider for any expenses that may occur during your absence.
  7. Complete the Emergency Child Care plan form provided by the Trenton MFRC. This form gives extensive details about your child and their routines to a care provider and can be useful in the event that you have to leave quickly.
  8. Emergency Planning is not just for your children. Have you taken into consideration adults that due to age or abilities may need extra assistance? What about pets?

Resources to seek childcare for back up or hours outside of regular day care times:

  • Wee Watch- Well established and respected child care Providers for over 30 years, a stimulating curriculum, qualified, trained, committed Providers, monitored clean, safe environment, licensed child care. 613-475-0488
  • Family Space-Family Space Licensed Home Child Care Program has been available to area parents for over thirty years. Many parents tell us that they believe Licensed Home Child Care offers the best of both worlds – that is the benefits of a family atmosphere and individual attention combined with legislated standards of quality and safety.
  • Trenton MFRC- Childcare Board-next to the reception Local care providers post ads offering childcare services. These people are not screened by the MFRC
  • Employment and Education Services: You may contact Kelly directly to receive more information on how to advertise for child care through our employment program. 

The Special Needs & Inclusion Program (SNIP) offers support to individuals and their families with special needs. Learning to navigate the social services in a new community is stressful; our Special Needs & Inclusion Coordinator can help. 

The following are services offered by SNIP:

  • Connect to Local Community Agencies & Resources: Provides information on where to go for Psychological Assessments, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language, etc.
  • Special Needs & Inclusion specific programming: Parent Support Group, The Puzzle Project, The Building Blocks Club, SLED, etc.
  • Assistance in applying and locating special needs financial supports
  • School meeting support – navigating the Ontario school system and understanding the process of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Individual Review and Placement Committee (IPRCs)
  • Tips & Tricks – How to – Social Stories, trouble shooting, visual aids (choice boards, visual routines, etc.)
  • Provides support to the MFRC Daycare staff – ensures implementation of Inclusion Practices, etc.

This Special Needs Inclusion Toolkit is an information package to assist in navigating the resources available for all military families supporting an individual with special needs associated with CFB Trenton. This toolkit will explain the process of who is qualified to provide a diagnosis, next steps, financial options, understanding the terms and acronyms and navigating the Ontario School System.

To learn more about the Special Needs & Inclusion programs and services offered by the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre please contact Orlana Bourgoin:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext 3953
  • orlana.b@trentonmfrc.ca