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Learn about the EvenStart program.

What is the EvenStart program?

  • EvenStart is a half-day, four-week summer program for children transitioning to kindergarten. The program provides children with classroom experience and opportunities to develop social and literacy skills.
  • Unique to Halton, EvenStart has been offered since 1997 and serves approximately 250 children each year.
  • In the past 20 years, there have been significant changes and development to the early years and child care sector including new research, legislation, and services and programs for children and families.

Early Learning and Transition to School Programs and Resources in Halton

Will your child be attending kindergarten in September? The following resources and programs may be of interest to you in getting your child ready for school.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres

Halton Community Resources


Municipal Recreation Programs

Online Resources

Important Program Update

Halton Region, along with our community partners, is currently evaluating the EvenStart Program. This review will help us ensure that any future program is aligned with leading practices and current research to provide Halton families and children with the best support to help prepare them for kindergarten. While the review is underway, the program will not be offered in 2019.