Summer and Recreation Programs

Durham District School Board (DDSB) offers a variety of Early Years summer and after school recreational programs for students and caregivers.

Summer programs

K is for Kindergarten program

K is for Kindergarten includes 8 sessions that will help you and your child prepare for Kindergarten. Your child will take part in a play-based curriculum that focuses on the development of: 

K is for Kindergarten brochure

 

 

  • Early math skills
  • Social skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Language and literacy
You will be given tools and strategies to create a smooth transition into Kindergarten.
Topics include:
  • Self-regulation
  • Learning styles
  • Communication with your child

Great Beginnings School Success Program

The Great Beginnings School Success Program is a play-based, developmentally appropriate program that will enhance children’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language, math and literacy skills. This program is designed for children who are not currently attending an Early Learning program, nursery school, preschool or child care and will be entering Junior Kindergarten (Year One) the following September. The goal of the program is for every child to enter Kindergarten healthy and secure, emotionally and socially competent, eager and confident. Every child can be a successful learner and respectful of the diversity of their peers. We recognize that play is children’s work and children learn through play and with this philosophy, the Great Beginnings program will allow children to reach their full potential. This program is designed to prepare children for a successful transition to kindergarten. Families will be provided with information about the important role they play, activities to support child development at home as well as an overview of what to expect in Kindergarten.

The Great Beginnings School Success Program is delivered by registered Early Childhood Educators who work closely with families to assess each individual child’s developmental achievements and act as a support for the family and the child`s transition into school.

Application forms are now being accepted for this free program. 

Please complete an application form for the preferred school location and submit all documents to your child’s current home school by Friday, June 10th. Application forms will be reviewed, and children will be selected for Great Beginnings in partnership by the school Principal (program location) and the Child Care Program Lead. Spaces are limited.

Applecroft PS 

Schoolhouse Playcare

July 4-14

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Application Form 

Bobby Orr PS 

SKD

May 9-27 (closed May 23 holiday)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

9:00 am - 11:30 pm

  • *Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.
Glen Street PS 

Carea

May 9-27 (closed May 23 holiday)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • *Applications for this program are no longer being accepted. 
Glengrove PS

YMCA

August 8-18

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Application Form 

 
Lakewoods PS 

Region of Durham

May 30-June 16

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • *Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.
McCaskills Mills PS 

Stonemoor

July 5-22

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Application Form

 
Seneca Trail PS

Fairy Glen

July 11-21

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Application Form 

Queen Elizabeth PS 

Umbrella

May 16-June 10 (closed May 23 holiday)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 11:30 pm

  • *Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.
Village Union PS

Schoolhouse Playcare

August 15-25

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Application Form 

 
Waverly PS 

YMCA

July 11-21

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Application Form 

 
West Lynde PS 

Kids Campus

August 15-25

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Application Form  

Great Beginnings Student Success Program for Black Students

The Great Beginnings Early Years School Success Program for Black Students is a play-based, developmentally appropriate program that will enhance children’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language, math and literacy skills. This program is designed for children who are not currently attending an early learning program, nursery school, preschool or child care and will be entering Junior Kindergarten (Year One) at a Durham District School Board School in September. The goal of the program is for every child to enter Kindergarten healthy and secure, emotionally and socially competent, eager and confident. Every child can be a successful learner and respectful of the diversity of their peers. We recognize that play is children’s work and children learn through play and with this philosophy, The Great Beginnings program will allow children to reach their full potential.

This program is designed to prepare children for a successful transition to kindergarten. Families will be provided with information about the important role they play, activities to support child development at home, DDSB Afrocentric Perspectives in the Classroom, DDSB Compendium of Action for Black Student Success as well as an overview of what to expect in Kindergarten.

The Great Beginnings School Success Program is delivered by registered Early Childhood Educators who work closely with families to assess each individual child’s developmental achievements and act as a support for the family and the child`s transition into school.

Viola Desmond Public School

Monday, July 18 to Friday, August 12, 2022

Monday through Friday (closed holiday Monday, August 1)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Healthy snacks provided daily.

Application Form

Please complete the application form and return by Monday, May 30th, 2022 via:

  • Scan and email completed form to EarlyYears@ddsb.ca
  • Mail to DDSB, Early Years Dept., 400 Taunton Rd. E., Whitby, ON, L1R 2K6
  • Drop off at your child’s home school and they will courier it to the Early Years Department.

Final celebration for children and families!

Friday, August 12th 12:00 - 2:00 pm 


After school recreation programs

The DDSB and community agencies/partners offer affordable after school recreation programs for children between the ages of 6 – 12. These programs are offered within a fun, safe, interesting, and engaging environment.

Further information about our school's Early Years programming can be found below. Registration and availability of programs is managed by our child care partners. Please click on your specific area to find available programs, contact information, and to obtain further details about a specific program.