West Neighbourhood House (Formerly St. Christopher House) is a multi-service non-profit neighbourhood agency serving communities in the west Toronto.
Programs for Children and Youth
West Neighbourhood House provides a variety of programs for pre-school children (ages 0–6) and their families.
Growing Up Healthy Downtown (GUHD) is an 8 agency collaborative health promotion partnership providing programming and support for families with young children (0-6) living in downtown Toronto. Parents/caregivers and their children (0 to 6 years old) are invited to drop in to this program and take advantage of our friendly atmosphere. This program is designed to facilitate family/caregiver support where children and their family/caregivers can interact with one another and learn and play together.
Drop-in activities include an indoor playground, arts and crafts, music and movement and parent relief. There is also a summer school readiness program offered in the summer to help prepare 4 and 5 year olds for the transition to school.
The program is located at 248 Ossington Avenue and operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. There are no fees for the drop-in program.
Parent Relief program provides free on-site childcare for children 0 to 6 years of age for up to two hours. Parent relief takes place during the hours of Growing Up Healthy Downtown (see information on days/hours above). Please book your parent relief at least 24 hours in advance, in person or via telephone by calling (416) 532-4828 X 161. Please make sure you speak with someone to book your parent relief as no voicemail bookings will be accepted. There are no fees for the Parent Relief Program.
Musical School Programs
After-School Opera Program (ages 7 to 12, grade 2-7), sponsored by the Canadian Opera Company.
Music Lessons (ages 7+) - individual classes in piano, guitar, accordion, violin, voice, MIDI recording and composing using a computer.
Common Thread Kids Children’s Choir (ages 7-13, non-auditioned), in partnership with Common Thread Community Chorus.
Toronto Song Lovers Adult Choir (ages 14 and up).
Suite Life Arts For Youth: a multi-disciplinary program for 13 to 21 years olds interested in all aspects of music and performance. Audition is required.
After-School Programs: provides comprehensive social, recreational and educational activities throughout the school year for children between the ages of 6 and 12. The program runs Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 6:00pm in 3 locations; 248 Ossington Avenue; St. Luke's Catholic School and Holy Family Elementary School in Parkdale. The program also operates full day programs on Professional Activity Days.
Camps: Summer, Winter, March Break and P.A. Day Camps (ages 6-12).
Youth After-School Tutoring: provides free after school tutoring to children living in Parkdale. Students between grade 1 and 12 who are currently achieving average or below average grades are invited to take part in this program. Volunteer tutors provide one hour per week of individual or small group (2 or 3 students) tutoring in language development, reading and math.
*Please contact the program office or visit its website for further details (schedules, fees, registration, etc) or the latest updates.