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 spaces in Trenton, Belleville, and Batawa 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
Batawa - (613) 398-6004
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:
MFRC Belleville Child Care - all main inquiries
Tanya Murphy, Belleville Supervisor
Hours of Operation (Monday to Friday)
Child Care: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (extended hours if needed)
58 Plant Street, Batawa
Our beautiful child care centre in Batawa is now open for registration! Our new centre will offer children and families bright, airy indoors and ample outdoor space - not to mention access to all the nature and other amenities that the community of Batawa has to offer.
The licensed child care program in Batawa offers infant, toddler, preschool, and school-aged (before and after school) spaces for miltiary and civilian families, with the option of extended hours.
Hours of Operation (Monday to Friday)
6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Contact us to learn more:
MFRC Batawa Child Care - all main inquiries
Andrea Kovacs, Batawa Supervisor
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, preschool aged, and school-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 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.
Please contact us to learn more.
Trenton MFRC Child Care – all main inquiries
Denise Boucher, Child Care Director
Karine Savoie, Child Care Financial Administrator
We have a separate email just for receiving children’s booking requests and cancelations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are calling later in the afternoon with an urgent matter and you reach the voicemail, please call the Busy Bee room ext. 3137 - they have a portable phone for this purpose.
Child care will be available Monday to Friday in Family Age Grouping for ages 0-12 years. This is a licensed child care program offering parents an option to access casual child care.
Half Day 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Full Day 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In order to book your child for care you must have completed the following:
Spaces are limited and must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Payment is required by the time of drop-off and there is no cancellation once child care is booked.
To book a half day or full day of casual child care, please call Daycare Administration at 613-392-2811 ext. 2442.
For full details, please read our policy.
Contact Susan Stoddard for further information:
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:
For children and youth 6 – 14.
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 6-14 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.
For more information please contact Kendra Bickford, Youth & Resiliency Coordinator:
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.
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:
For more information please contact Susan Stoddard, Children’s Program/Home Childcare Coordinator:
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.
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:
Resources to seek childcare for back up or hours outside of regular day care times:
The Special Needs & Inclusion Program (SNIP) provides confidential support, information and referral to individuals with special needs as well as caregivers of children, youth, and adults 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:
SNIP offers a variety of groups that engage and connects families with special needs:
SNIP CORE PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS:
BUILDING BLOCKS CLUB:
Building Blocks is an 8-week program taking place once a week, with each session lasting an hour and a half. Building Blocks is a program that uses Lego as a tool in a structured and inclusive way to increase motivation to participate and positive interaction with peers. Throughout the program the children will be using and developing social skills, building strategies such as sharing, taking turns, making eye contact, problem solving, self-regulation, practicing patience, and using fine motor skills. Each week the children will be working in small groups where they will be given a role to assist in the completion of building a Lego set.
This course is designed specifically for children with Special Needs for the Military Family Resource Centres in Ontario, 2018. Improv can be scary for some of us - it is hard to get up and be “on stage” in front of others, with this in mind, the classes are set up with a progression of games and activities based on length of time it might take for class members to warm up to each other and develop the confidence to participate in different ways. The course is also built upon repetition of activities and games - this is to encourage and allow participants to fully learn the skills that come with each activity and session (note - new activities and games are highlighted in each session). If your class moves through the lesson plans quicker - awesome, there are extra activities and games at the bottom of each session’s lesson plan. If you don’t make it through them all, that’s ok, maybe you needed or wanted to spend more time on one particular activity this week - whatever works best for your group!
There are very few rules in our classes (please see session 1 lesson plan for rules), but there is one that is just for the facilitators/leaders - and that is - never ask an actor to do something that you would not do yourself. In improv the facilitators/leaders also join in - there will come a time when you know to stop joining in and let the kids do more, but at first it is vital that you let loose and have some fun while playing that games, as this will make the kids feel more comfortable.
This program is based off of the SibShop Model by Don Meyer and Patricia Vadasy. It is designed to be a support group for siblings of a child with special needs. This program provides a fun and supportive environment for siblings to share the joys and struggles of being a sibling to an individual with special needs. This is accomplished through discussion, activities and a variety of games designed to be unique, upbeat and appealing to a wide ability range, crafts activities and special guest to teach participants new skills.
CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP TRAINING:
Children’s Friendship Training is a 10-week, evidence-based, group-format, parent-assisted social skills intervention for children ages 8 – 12. It has been proven effective with verbal children who have high- functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD NOS, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and prenatal alcohol exposure. This program was developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where it has been used and studied for over 20 years with more than 1,000 families. This training is geared towards motivated children who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session, children are taught crucial social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during role-play and play activities (e.g. sports, boardgames, etc.). Parents are taught how to assist their children in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments designed to build on skills practiced in the sessions.
Topics of Instruction:
The UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS®) is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. This program has a strong evidence- base for use with teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) but may also be appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other socio-emotional problems. It includes 14 consecutive weeks of training with both a teen/young adult and a parent component which occur simultaneously. PEERS is designed for motivated teens in the 7th-12th grade who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session through role plays and during real play activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.). Each week there is a "homework" component in which the teen is encouraged to practice their new skills. Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends in their group session and are expected to provide feedback to their teen through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Topics of Instruction:
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Monthly Family Cooking event for families with special needs – Learn how to cook together as a family with expert teachings by a Chef! Gather with other inclusive families to experience new flavours, foods and cultures, and best of all – HAVE FUN. Nothing is better than gathering around the kitchen table to connect with others over delicious food. Families will learn new recipes, cooking techniques, how to substitute and create nutritious, tasty food on a budget.
*** More program options to come... ***
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 MFRC, please contact:
Bryanna Best, Special Needs Inclusion Coordinator
Orlana Bourgoin, Special Needs Inclusion Program - Provincial Lead