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.

Tours of our child care spaces in Trenton, Belleville, and Batawa can be arranged to see how we facilitate hands-on, play-based, experiential learning.

Please call to book your tour today:

Trenton  - (613) 965-2442

Belleville - (613) 779-6115

Batawa - (613) 398-6004

Licensed Child Care


610 Dundas Street East, Belleville

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

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.

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!

Hours of Operation (Monday to Friday)

6 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. (extended hours if needed)

Contact us to learn more:

MFRC Belleville Child Care - all main inquiries

  • (613) 779-6115

 Tanya Murphy, Belleville Supervisor



58 Plant Street, Batawa

Our beautiful child care centre in Batawa is open for registration! This 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. 

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 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. - 5 p.m.

Contact us to learn more:

MFRC Batawa Child Care - all main inquiries

  • (613) 398-6004

Andrea Kovacs, Batawa Supervisor



50 Rivers Drive East, Trenton

We offer full-time and before/after-school care for children six months up to 12 years of age. 

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 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 p.m.

The Hangar: 6:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.

St. Mary’s (Before and After School + PA Days): 6:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please contact us to learn more.

Trenton MFRC Child Care – all main inquiries

Trenton Supervisor


Rachel Marin, Child Care Supervisor - School Age Programs (Trenton)

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 2382

Karine Savoie, Child Care Financial Administrator

We have a separate email just for receiving children’s booking requests and cancelations:

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.

Please refer to the Child Care Handbook for pricing.

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.

This program offers the benefits of a family atmosphere and individual attention, combined with legislated standards of quality and safety.

As part of this 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

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. 

For children under the age of six (6), programs can be found under the Children & Parents section.

December Calendar

Welcome to Youth Central - a safe space for youth to connect, have fun and build life skills!

Youth Central is inclusive of the civilian community, though priority will be given to military connected youth. *Masks and double vaccination required. 

For more information please contact Kendra Bickford, Youth & Resiliency Coordinator:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4739

Meet n' Greet Mondays!

Family Nights (Mondays 4-6 PM)

Family Nights are for families with their children ages 6-11 to spend some quality time together, meet other families and have some fun! (Perfect opportunity if you are new to Trenton!)

*FUN FACT! On September 26th, parents can drop off their kids ages 6-11 for Pizza & a Movie! No need to stick around - pick up is at 6!

Youth Nights (6-8 PM)

Youth ages 12-16 are invited to join us for a variety of activities! Check out the calendar to see what's scheduled in September! 

Please register for all programs listed above by the Friday before. 

MYAP (Military Youth Ambassador Program)

Do you have a teen in grade 9-12? Do they have an interest in mental health, graphic design, social planning, leadership, or just like to help? We have a program perfectly suited for them! MYAP is a peer support team that provides in-school information and services to their fellow students focused on mental wellness, integration, social engagement, and increased awareness of the unique military family culture. The team will achieve this through peer support, social event planning, welcome services, mental health promotion and awareness.

There’s so much in it for them, such as training, monthly social/educational events, volunteer hours, and so much more! Most of all, they’ll be a part of something great that will improve the wellbeing of military connected youth nationwide. Email Paul at for more info or to register!

Wellness Wednesdays

Understanding Anxiety - for teens

This is a 6 week group program designed to assist Youth to better understand their relationship with anxiety, have increased coping skills, a support network of peers, and know how to identify when to seek professional assistance. Register by September 5th.

Bonus: Thursday Program

Kids Have Stress Too! For parents
This 3-week program teaches parents and caregivers of children ages 4 to 9 to recognize when children are feeling stressed and teach them ways to cope.Must attend all 3 sessions: September 15th, 22nd and 29th. Register by September 9th.

Trenton MFRC Youth Central
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 Trenton MFRC is an EarlyON child and family centre. This program offers play-based learning for children and connection, support, advice, and resources for parents and caregivers. 

For more information, visit our EarlyON page. 

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

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 3317

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 Family Support and Inclusion Specialist is here to support the needs of all military and veteran families by offering confidential support, information, referrals and unique programming to family members with exceptionalities and complex needs. Learning to navigate the social services in a new community is stressful; our Family Support and Inclusion Specialist can help.

The following services are offered:

  • Assistance in applying for funding opportunities Information sessions
  • Networking opportunities
  • One-on-one sessions
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • Support and resources
  • 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, troubleshooting, visual aids (choice boards, visual routines, etc.)

For more information, please contact Andi-Lynn James, Family Support and Inclusion Specialist at


The Family Support and Inclusion program offers a variety of programs that help connect families with exceptional and complex needs. For more detailed information on any of the programs please contact the Family Support and Inclusion specialist.

A support group for caregivers of individuals with exceptional and complex needs. Connect with other families in your community and discuss topics that affect and interest you. Gain support and insight from local families. Runs once a month from September - June.


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 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:

  • How to ‘play detective’ to find common interests
  • How to join a group of kids at play
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to be a good host on a playdate
  • How to be a good winner
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to show respect to adults
  • How to make phone calls to friends

Participation requirements:

  • Both the child and 1 designated parent must commit to attending the entire 10-week program )consideration will be given if someone is ill)
  • Child must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Child must have difficulties establishing and / or maintaining friendships
  • Child must have verbal communication skills
  • Child must be able to participate in a group setting without additional support beyond that provided within the program
  • Child must demonstrate emerging social skills (interest in engaging with peers, attempts to verbally communicate, manages emotions in a non-aggressive way) and an interest in building relationships with same-aged peers
  • Children must be between 8 to 12 years of age.
  • Children must be interested in attending the program


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:

  • How to find common interests by trading information
  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to appropriately use humor
  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to handle rumors and gossip
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to make phone calls to friends
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to change a bad reputation

The Research Finds...

  • Increased adolescent social skills and knowledge
  • Increased number and frequency of hosted “get-togethers”
  • Improved overall social skills including: cooperation, assertion and responsibility (parent reported)
  • Improved social responsiveness including: awareness, recognition and communication (parent reported)
  • A trend toward increased overall social skills (teacher reported)

What are the participation requirements?

  • Teens who struggle with making and keeping friends
  • Teens in the 7th-12th grade
  • Teens must be interested in the program and attend voluntarily

                           *** More program options to come... ***


A collection of tips and tricks, how-to's and helpful information sessions put together by the Family Support and Inclusion team for families to access at their convenience.

  • Speech and Language - Tips and Tricks for Preschoolers
  • Social Skill Development
  • Toddler and Preschooler Development
  • Promoting Engaging Learning Environments
  • IEP/IPRC Virtual Chat
  • Sensory 101

Toolkit for Children & Youth

This Family Support and 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.

Toolkit for Adults

This toolkit speaks to individuals with special needs who are seeking guidance and support as well as parents and caregivers who are supporting an individual with special needs transitioning into adulthood. View here.

Andi-Lynn James, Family Support & Inclusion Specialist

  • 613-661-5426

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