Collective Community Services (Montreal)

Children & Families

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!

If you’d like to be added to our families mailing list to stay informed on new events and programs, sign up here.

All programs are free, except for Little Learners which is $5/class, and Zumbini, which is $125 per 8-week session. Registration is required and ongoing for each program EXCEPT Free Play Saturdays. See below for registration forms. For the most up to date schedule, please check our Facebook page @ CCS Montreal or email


Little Explorers

Little Explorers is an outdoor program where families meet for playtime, adventures, and exploring. Led by a Forest and Nature School Practitioner with many years of experience working with children and families outdoors in the city, Little Explorers is a way for families to develop confidence in outdoor play and free play in a safe, supportive environment, for children to learn from each other, and for parents to build connections. Little Explorers is a space to learn to enjoy the winter and being outside in all kinds of conditions! Expect tobogganing, examining snowflakes, cooking in snow kitchens, building forts, looking for animal tracks, or simply enjoying active free play outdoors!

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Location: Thursdays in Verdun, in the green space along the river close to Monseigneur Richard Park(Exact location to be sent via email to participants one week before program starts)

Program dates:

Winter 2022: January 13 - March 31, 2022 (Spring Session to Follow)

Educator: Megan Cohoe-Kenney
Registration: or fill in this form

Fatherhood Programs

We are currently hosting virtual monthly events for fathers! We plan to begin in-person Fathers Programs in 2022 - stay tuned!

We have recently held virtual fatherhood live chats, Father-Child bingo sessions, and more!

Sign-up now for the DECEMBER Father-Child BINGO event, held on zoom on December 11th at 11am!

Keep an eye out for Father-Child outings to zoos, museums, parks and more as the situation evolves and in-person events resume.

Coordinator: Megan Cohoe-Kenney
Registration for future events:

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 - 10:30AM, followed by Open Gym Time 10:30 - 11AM OR Fridays, 11AM - 12PM, followed by Open Gym Time 12-12:30PM
Location: Marcel Giroux Community Centre, 4501 Avenue Bannantyne, Verdun, H4G 1E3 (2nd floor)
Program dates:
Winter 2022: January 21 - April 1
Spring 2022: April 8 - June 17

Facilitators: Emilie Zervos and Sylvia Mignacca

To register: or fill out this form.


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. The workshops take place at Marcel-Giroux Community Center in Verdun.

Time: Fridays, 12 - 2PM
Winter 2022: February 4th- April 1st
Spring 2022
: April 22 - June 10

Program facilitator: Sylvia Mignacca; Childcare Provide: Emilie Zervos

To register: or click here.


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:
Spring 2021: March 1 - June 22, 2021
Fall 2021: September 7 - December 22, 2021 --
Winter 2022: January 10 - June 22, 2022

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!

Time: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 - 11:45AM
Location: C.A.D.R.E., 7491 Cordner, LaSalle, Quebec, H8N 2R5
Program dates:
Winter 2022: January 10 - March 31
Spring 2022: April 1 - June 16

Educator: Emilie Zervos
To register for EHS LaSalle: or click here.


NDG: TWO OPTIONS AVAILABLE! Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30AM
Program dates:
Winter 2022: January 10 - March 31
Spring 2022: April 1 - June 16
Tuesdays: EHS PLAYS OUTSIDE! Location: Benny Park, (6455 Monkland Avenue, NDG) (Please note: the program will be held at Monkland Community Centre on increment weather days)

Wednesdays: EHS PLAYS AT WALKLEY CENTRE! Location: Walkley Centre (6550 Côte Saint Luc Rd), NDG
Educator: Megan Cohoe-Kenney
To register for EHS NDG: or click here.

Free Play Saturdays

CCS, in collaboration with the Table de Concertation Famille de Verdun, (Verdun Family Round Table/TCFV) is thrilled to announce the program, "Free Play Saturdays/Sam'dit de bouger', in Verdun! Families can ride bikes, build obstacle courses, or scooter and run around the gym and build some active time into their winter weekends. 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. If you have any questions please email
Program Location: Gym of Notre-Dame-de-Sept-Douleurs School (320 rue de l'église)
Program Times: Saturdays 9AM-12PM
Program Dates: December 4, 11 & 18 2021 + January 15 - May 7 2022

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.