Collective Community Services (Montreal)

Child & Family Services

We offer a range of programs and events for children and their families throughout Montreal. While programs take place primarily in English, families of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds are welcome. Scroll down to see what we have going on and sign up for some of our fun and educational programs!

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Little Explorers

Little Explorers is an outdoor program where families meet for playtime and adventures. Little Explorers is a way for families to develop confidence in outdoor free play in a safe, supportive environment, for children to learn from each other, for parents to build connections, and a place to learn to enjoy being outside in all kinds of conditions! In the winter, we may toboggan, examine snowflakes, cook in snow kitchens, build snow forts, or look for animal tracks. In the spring, we may look for snails, jump in puddles, or dig in the dirt. In the summer, we may play in the sand, build swings, chase butterflies, or paint. In the fall, we may collect leaves, create forts, or make mud pies. Little Explorers is a space for children to lead their play, centred on our relationship with the lands we play on, and inspired by the principles of Forest and Nature Schools

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Location: Thursdays in Verdun, in the green space along the river close to Monseigneur Richard Park.

Program dates: 

Summer 2022: July 14 – August 18, 2022

Fall 2022: September 15 – December 15, 2022

Winter 2023: January 13 – March 30, 2023

Spring 2023: April 6 – June 15, 2023

Cost: FREE

Program Facilitator: Megan Cohoe-Kenney

Access the Little Explorers Parent Guide here.

Questions: Click here to sign up.


Location: Marcel Giroux Community Centre (4501 Bannantyne, Verdun)

Educators: Sylvia & Emilie

Program Dates: 

Fall 2022: October 6 – November 8, 2022

Winter 2023: January 19 – March 16, 2023

Spring 2023: April 13 – June 1, 2023

Program Times: Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 for 8-week session (Includes Zumbini® Bundle & Snack)*This is eligible for the Quebec Childcare Tax Credit.

Read more about Zumbini here

Questions: or Click here to sign up.

Moving, grooving, and growing for mom (or dad) and me. Created by Zumba® and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini® program combines music, dance and educational tools for 1 hour of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun, led by certified Zumbini instructors! After the one-hour class, there is a thirty minute period of snack, stories, and socializing for parents and children. Parents MUST read and agree to the Zumbini® FAQ before signing up. Registrations will be confirmed via email along with a request for payment one week before program begins.

Fathers Programs

We are currently hosting monthly events for fathers and father figures!!

We have recently held virtual fatherhood live chats, Father-Child bingo sessions, and outings such as Bach Before Bedtime, the Biodome, and picnics! Next upcoming event will be in September 2022 – see below!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and in our newsletter for more Father-Child outings to zoos, museums or parks.

Coordinator: Megan Cohoe-Kenney
Registration for future events:

Upcoming Event: Family Tam Tams in the Park

Back by popular demand, we will be kicking off the school year with Family Tam Tams in the Park with Vera – this time at Angrignon Park in LaSalle! Exact location will be sent one week before the event. CCS will provide snacks and refreshments. Please pack your own lunch and picnic blanket if you plan to stay for lunch.

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022Time: 10AM – 12PM (Option to stay for lunch after the event)Location: Angrignon Park (3400 Trinitaires Blvd, Montreal, QC) Questions: meganc@ccs-montreal.orgCost: FreeClick here to register. We have a couple of other upcoming events specifically for fathers, so mark your calendars! Sign up now to get reminded of the events closer to the date.October: Gardens of Light Group Visit – 4:30 – 7:30PM on Saturday, October 22 2022 at the Botanical Gardens in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. December: Montreal Science Centre Group Visit – 10:30AM – 12:30PM on Saturday, December 3 2022 at the Science Centre in Old Montreal. 

Mother Goose®

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children which focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years, and give their children healthy early experiences with language and communication.

Time: TWO OPTIONS: Fridays, 9:30 – 11AM OR Fridays, 11AM – 12:30PM
The Mother Goose class is one-hour long, followed by a thirty minute open gym session.

Location: Marcel Giroux Community Centre, 4501 Avenue Bannantyne, Verdun, H4G 1E3 (2nd floor)

Program dates:
Fall 2022: September 30  – December 2, 2022
Winter 2023: January 20 – March 31, 2023 (no class March 10)
Spring 2023: April 14 – June 16, 2023

Cost: FREE

Facilitators: Emilie Zervos and Sylvia Mignacca

Read more about Mother Goose here.

Questions: Click here to sign up.

Family Matters

A series of eight workshops for expecting parents and parents with children aged 0-5, based on “Nobody’s Perfect: a parenting education and support program” developed by Health Canada. Free childcare is provided during the workshops. Free lunch provided.

Location: Marcel Giroux Community Centre (4501 rue Bannantyne, Verdun – 2nd floor) 

Time: Fridays, 12:30 – 2:30PM
Fall 2022: October 7 – November 25, 2022
Spring 2023: April 28 – June 16, 2023

Cost: FREE

Facilitator: Sylvia Mignacca; Childcare Provider: Emilie Zervos

Read more about Family Matters here.

Questions Click here to sign up.

Little Learners

Little Learners is a cooperative early childhood education program focusing on school readiness skills of children 2-5 years old. Through child-focused learning experiences, children develop fine and gross motor skills, creativity, early numeracy and literacy skills as well as social skills. Parents are welcome to participate and encouraged to volunteer during teaching time.

Time: Monday – Thursday, 9:00AM – 12:30PM
Location: Marcel Giroux Community Centre, 4501 Avenue Bannantyne, Verdun, Quebec, H4G 1E3

Program dates:
Fall 2022: September 12 – December 22, 2022
Winter & Spring 2023: January 9 – June 23, 2022

Cost: $40 Art Fee per year + $20-80 per month depending on number of classes. Eligible for Childcare Tax Credit.

Read more about Little Learners here.

Educator: Sylvia Mignacca
To register: or click here.

Early Head Start – LaSalle & NDG

The CCS-Early Head Start (EHS) is a program designed for young children between the ages of 0-5 and their parents. The program offers age-appropriate activities, based on the developmental needs of each child, with the goal of strengthening family relationships and preparing children for school. Early Head Start Program provides all participating families an opportunity to interact with other families which in return strengthens the community. Expect circle time, fun crafts, opportunities for free play, songs, and time to connect with other families!

Read more about EHS LaSalle & NDG here.

Time: Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 9:30AM – 12PM; Wednesday 12-2PM
Location: C.A.D.R.E., 7491 Cordner, LaSalle, Quebec, H8N 2R5
Program dates:
Fall 2022: September 6 – December 15, 2022
Winter 2023: January 9 – March 30, 2023 (No class March 6, 7 & 8 2023)
Spring 2023: April 3 – June 15, 2023

Cost: FREE

Educator: Emilie Zervos
Click here to register.


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30AM
Program dates:
Fall 2022: September 13 – December 15, 2022                                                              Winter and Spring 2023: January 12 – June 8

Cost:  FREE

Tuesdays: EHS PLAYS OUTSIDE! Location: Benny Park, (6455 Monkland Avenue, NDG) Thursdays: EHS PLAYS AT WALKLEY CENTRE!
Location: Walkley Centre (6550 Côte Saint Luc Rd), NDG
Educators: Megan Cohoe-Kenney and Emilie Zervos
Questions: Click here to register

Free Play Saturdays/Sam’dit de bouger en famille

Free Play Saturdays/Sam’dit de bouger en famille is a program designed to build some active time into the weekend while having a chance to connect with other families. Expect a big space and plenty of fun equipment to run, jump, climb, and play! This is a drop-in activity – no advanced registration required. Enter through the side door of the school (access via the schoolyard).

Program Location: Gym of Notre-Dame-de-Sept-Douleurs School (320 rue de l’église)
Program Times: Saturdays 9AM-12PM
Program Dates FALL & WINTER 2022: October 15, 2022 – April 29, 2022
(Please note: No courses on December 24 and 31 2022, January 7 and April 8 2023 for Christmas and Easter holidays)

Cost: FREE

TLC: Tender Loving Care Preschool

TLC is a bilingual preschool for children 2-4 years old, offering 3 separate classes based on the ages of the children. TLC offers a place for children to learn through play, conversation & language skill development, and school readiness & developmental skills. TLC is a unique program in the sense that it is affordable due to active fundraising involvement of all participating families. The school also receives help from donations and support from organizations such as CCS. Located in LaSalle, the program is a good starting point for children who need part time schooling before they enter kindergarten as it prepares them for the new challenges they will face in an elementary school.

For more information please visit TLC’s website at



McGill rates CCS’ early childhood development program a resounding success – click here to see an independent evaluation report by McGill’s Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology.

See what our families have been saying about our programs:

“I absolutely love Little Explorers and the fact that it takes place outside. It’s a great reason to get out of the house, have my child get some social interaction and connect with nature, but I also really love having adult interaction for my own sanity!”

“Being outdoors is my little one’s happy place. Although a bit slow to warm to others in social situations, she got used to the flow of the morning and felt more confident around others as the weeks progressed.”

“The kids get to do more in two hours then I could get them to do in a day!”

“I get to see my daughter interacting with others, as well as, she learns English language skills.”

“The educator does a fantastic job handling the kids and they all love her.”


Post-Program Survey


Your feedback helps us to improve our services and is greatly valued. Please take a few minutes to complete this post program survey, the information gathered will be used to shape future programs and services and is completely confidential. We thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Complete the post-program survey here.