Child Care & Youth Services

Smiths Falls offers many programs and services for youth of all ages.

Child Care

Smiths Falls Child Development Centre

Daycare available for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-age children. Programs are designed to meet a child’s emotional, social, physical, and cognitive requirements.

Judy Arthur (Supervisor)
Address: 73 Thurber Street, Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 3G3
Phone: 613-283-4124, ext. 6601 or 613-283-2981
Fax: 613-283-4764 – off site
E-mail: jarthur@smithsfalls.ca

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Nursery Rhyme Day Care Centre

A nursery school/daycare facility offering programs for infants, toddlers and children through to 10 years of age. Call for more information.

Sue Adams (Director)
11 Elmsley Street North, Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 2G4
Phone: 613-284-0769


Rideau Child Care Centre Inc.

A child care centre that offers services for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and a before and after program for school-age children. Open from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Lisa Vickers (Director)
2 Gould Street, Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 4T7
Phone: 613-283-3400
Fax: 613-283-3406


Before and After School Program

St. Francis Before and After School Program

A before and after school-age program for children aged 6 – 12. Hours : 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. This program is part of the Smiths Falls Child Development Centre. Please contact Bev Leach, Director of the Smiths Falls Child Development Centre for more information at 613-283-4124, ext. 6601 or 613-283-2981or by e-mail at bleach@smithsfalls.ca.

Kim Deegan (Supervisor)
43 Russell Street East, Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 1G2
Phone: 613-285-9588
Fax: 613-283-4764


St. James Before and After School Program

A before and after school-age program for children aged 6 – 12. Hours of operation: 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. and 3– 6 p.m. This program is part of the Smiths Falls Child Development Centre. Please contact Bev Leach, Director of the Smiths Falls Child Development Centre for more information at 613-283-4124, ext. 6601 or 613-283-2981or by e-mail at bleach@smithsfalls.ca.

Lauren Cliffen/Marlene Hull (Supervisors)
5 Catherine St., Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 3Z9
Phone: 613-285-9585
Fax: 613-283-4764


Chimo Before and After School Program

A before and after school-age program for children aged 3.6 – 12. Hours of operation: 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. and 3– 6 p.m. This program is part of the Smiths Falls Child Development Centre. Please contact Bev Leach, Director of the Smiths Falls Child Development Centre for more information at 613-283-4124, ext. 6601 or 613-283-2981or by e-mail at bleach@smithsfalls.ca.

Natasha Taylor (Supervisor)
11 Ross St., Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4V7
Phone: 613-285-9835
Fax: 613-283-4764


Youth Services

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County

Our vision at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County is that “Every child in Lanark County who needs a mentor has a mentor.” We have so many roles for people to play in realizing this dream. We are looking for Big Brothers Big Sisters champions to learn about our programs and share that knowledge with potential mentors and funders. To learn how you can play a part in changing someone’s life and to share your magic, call us or visit our website.

Phone: 613-283-0570
Website: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County


CROW/OEYC

Children’s Resources on Wheels is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening child care, family life, child development and community links in Lanark County. We currently provide Lanark families with two main streams of service: Ontario Early Years and Licensed Home Child Care.

The Ontario Early Years playgroups serves children from birth to age six. Children can explore and learn through play, while parents and caregivers can establish friendships and networks of support. The Ontario Early Years Centre offers playgroups and parent education workshops throughout Lanark County. To find a schedule of playgroups and upcoming workshops visit http://www.crowlanark.com. All playgroups and workshops are free!

Licensed Home Child Care is child care in a home setting that meets legislated standards set out by the Province of Ontario. We work together with parents and child care providers to ensure the best possible care for the children. Early Childhood Educators from Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) offer training for Providers, introduce families to Providers, ensure legislated standards and CROW Policies are followed, and provide support for both Parents and Providers. Licensed Home Child Care is available for children between 6 weeks and 12 years of age requiring care in Lanark County. For more information visit http://www.crowlanark.com

To contact Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) call 613-283-0095 or visit http://www.crowlanark.com


Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth

Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth is a child and youth mental health agency serving all of Lanark County with three sites, including one in Smiths Falls.  The staff at Open Doors is comprised of child and youth mental health specialists who make it possible for children and youth with mental health needs to live, learn and thrive. Services at the Smiths Falls site include: Quick Response, Counselling, Family Resource Team, Early Years and access to Specialised Services (Psychology and Psychiatry).

Nicki Collins (Executive Director)
Amber McCart  (Manager of Programs and Services)
Address: 88 Cornelia St. West, Unit A1, Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 5K9
Phone: 613-283-8260  Toll-free: 877-232-8260
Fax: 613-283-8757
E-mail: ncollins@opendoors.on.ca
Website: http://www.opendoors.on.ca


Resource Links

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County
Phone: 613-283-0570
Website: bigbrothersbigsisterslanark.ca

Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
Website: boostforkids.org

Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
Phone: 613-745-1893
Website: casott.on.ca

Crime Stoppers
Phone: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Distress Line
Phone: 613-238-3311
Website: dcottawa.on.ca

Health Action Line
Phone: 1-800-660-5853
Website: healthunit.org

KIDS Help Phone
Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Website: kidshelpphone.ca