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.

Atikokan
Emo
Fort Frances
Rainy River
Stratton

Atikokan (Sun Dog) Best Start Hub

Coordinator: Tania Bimm
Location: Rawn Road Centre
Hours: Tuesday 10:00 – 7:00, Wednesday – Friday 10:00 – 3:00
Phone: (807) 597-1481
E-mail: Tania.anpdc@shaw.ca

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Emo Best Start Hub

Coordinator: April Simmons
Location: 56 Front Street (downstairs in the Emo Public Library)

Summer Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 – 1:00
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 – 4:00   

Winter Hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 – 1:00
Tuesday 9:00 – 5:00, closed 1:00 – 2:00
Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 – 5:30, closed 1:00 – 2:00

Phone: (807) 482-2946
E-mail: emotoylibrary@hotmail.com

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Fort Frances Best Start Hub

Coordinator: Neva Carlson
Location: 1150 Portage Avenue North
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Phone: (807) 274-8588
E-mail: Ncarlson@fort-frances.com

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Fort Frances Aboriginal Best Start Hub

Coordinator: Shelly Mallet
Location: 616 Mowat Avenue (Circle of Life Centre)

Summer Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 – 3:30

Tuesday & Friday 8:30 – 4:00


Winter Hours:
Monday & Thursday 8:30 – 3:30

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 – 4:30

Phone: (807) 274-8541
E-mail: smallet@unfc.org

Rainy River Best Start Hub

Coordinators: Amanda Cyr
Location: 11 Mill Avenue (Riverview Elementary School)
Hours: Monday – Friday (10 am – 6 pm)
Phone: (807) 271-4266
E-mail: rainyriverbeststarthub@hotmail.com

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Stratton Best Start Hub

Coordinator: Debbie Spence
Location: Hwy 11 & Fire Road 11605

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 – 3:00

Winter Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 – 3:00

Phone: (807) 483-5319
E-mail: stratton_bsh@tbaytel.net

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