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. Registration is required and ongoing for each program. See below for registration forms.


Little Explorers

Little Explorers is an outdoor program where families meet in a park 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 in a safe, supportive environment, for children to learn from each other, and for parents to build connections.

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Location: Thursdays in Verdun, near Monseigneur JA Richard Park (Exact location to be sent via email to participants one week before program starts)

Program dates:

Summer 2021: May 17 - June 23
Fall 2021: September 7 - December 16
Winter 2022: January 11 - March 31

Educator: Megan Cohoe-Kenney
Registration: or fill in this form to join the waitlist

Fatherhood Programs

We are currently hosting virtual monthly events for fathers!

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

Sign-up now for the SEPTEMBER Father-Child BINGO event, held on zoom on September 25th 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: Alexandra Dahlberg
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: Fridays, 9:30 - 10:45AM, followed by free gym time 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Marcel Giroux Community Centre, 4501 Avenue Bannantyne, Verdun, H4G 1E3
Program dates:
Fall 2021: October 1 - December 3
Winter 2022: January 21 - April 1
Spring 2022: April 8 - June 17

Educators: Emilie Zervos and Sylvia Mignacca

To register: or fill out this form.

Please view and/or download the PDF version of the CCS-Mother Goose Bilingual Brochure




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. The workshops take place at Marcel-Giroux Community Center in Verdun during two sessions: October & November and April & May.

Time: Fridays, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Spring 2021: April 30 - June 18
Fall 2021: October 8 - November 26
Spring 2022 : April 22 - June 10

Please view and/or download the PDF version of the CCS-Family Matters Bilingual Brochure.

Program facilitator: Sylvia Mignacca

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. Workshops and meetings are organized to share resources and information with families and reduce isolation by providing a chance to engage with other families.

Time: Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM - 12:30PM, Thursdays 1:15 - 3:15PM
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 -- Please note: Marcel Giroux is currently closed, slated to re-open September 24, 2021. Registered parents will receive an update via email for a temporary location OR delayed start time (TBD) prior to September 7th.

Winter 2022: January 10 - June 22, 2022

Please view and/or download the CCS Little Learners Bilingual Brochure.

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. Workshops and support groups are organized for parents to share local resources that can support them in raising healthy families. Early Head Start Program provides all participating families an opportunity to interact with other families which in return strengthens the community.

Time: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 - 11:30AM
Location: C.A.D.R.E., 7491 Cordner, LaSalle, Quebec, H8N 2R5
Program dates:
Fall 2021: September 7 - December 16
Winter 2022: January 10 - March 31
Spring 2022: April 1 - June 16

Educator: Emilie Zervos
To register: or click here.

Time: Tuesdays & Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30AM
Location: Benny Park, NDG
Program dates:
Fall 2021: September 14 - December 17
Winter 2022: January 10 - March 31
Spring 2022: April 1 - June 16

Educator: Megan Cohoe-Kenney
To register: or click here.

Please view and/or download the PDF version of the CCS-EHS-Lasalle Bilingual Brochure



Growing Together

COVID-19 has affected our partner sites, therefore programs are not currently being offered. For more information contact Please follow our Facebook to stay up to date.

Growing Together is a free co-operative early childhood program which promotes the development of child, family and community. The program consists of educational activities for children ages 0-5, workshops and information for parents. Healthy lunch for all participants included.

Please view and/or download the PDF version of the CCS-Growing Together Poster

For more information please contact:

Growing Together

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.