Early in 2021, SPECTRUM conducted some community surveys to help us better understand the needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in Waterloo Region. One of the things we heard about was a need for programs for 2SLGBTQIA+ children, families, and parents. We connected with EarlyON | Waterloo Region to talk about how we might be able to partner to make something possible.
In April 2022, we did an additional community survey to help us understand what families would like to see in a new program. Using the information we gathered, we have created a new Rainbow Family Drop-In!
On October 29th we will run our first test group at the EarlyON | Roger Street (161 Roger Street, Waterloo) location. Join other 2SLGBTQIA+ children (aged 0-6), caring adults and families in play and exploration together from 9am-11am!
EarlyON facilitators are available to provide support and information around early learning topics, community resources, programs and referrals in a play-based environment. Onsite supports will also include Beck, a YMCA of Three Rivers 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion and Diversity Worker, and Mel, an Early Learning Child Care Navigator, funded by the Region of Waterloo.
This program requires pre-registration. Create your KEyON at https://www.keyon.ca/ and pre-register for each session. For KEyON account or registration support, please contact the EarlyON Admin team at 519.741.8585 x 3001 or email@example.com
SPECTRUM has been providing Rainbow Diversity Training to all EarlyON staff and we are excited about what the future may hold for our partnership.
We hope to see you at the first session on October 29th and look forward to hearing from participants as we build this program.