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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.



The Ontario Caregiver Organization resources and programs to support and include caregivers:

The Ontario Caregiver Organization offers a variety of resources and programs to support and include caregivers:


Caregiver ID Programs: Available in healthcare settings, these programs formally identify caregivers, recognizing their role in patient care.


Partners in Care Pandemic Toolkit: Designed for hospitals, long-term care homes, and other care settings, this toolkit provides tools to facilitate caregiver engagement during COVID-19.


Caregiver as Partners e-Learning: A two-module series for healthcare providers, offering practical tips and strategies for working with caregivers.


Time to Talk Toolkit: For providers across care settings, this toolkit promotes meaningful conversations between staff and caregivers.


 Health Privacy and Consent Resources: Resources to help caregivers understand privacy and consent rules to optimize care partnerships.


E-Learning Module for Caregivers: A 1.5-hour learning module to help caregivers communicate effectively with care providers.


Ontario Caregiver Helpline: A 24-hour helpline offering information and referrals to connect caregivers with support. Call 1-833-416-2273.


OCO Caregiver Programs & Services Programs supporting caregivers, including peer support groups and SCALE Program.


Resources to Support Meaningful Engagement and Co-Design with Caregivers**: Resources and tools for organizations and caregivers to engage in meaningful co-design efforts.


For more information, visit or contact at partners@ontariocaregiver.ca.

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Drayton Entertainment Children's Programs

Drayton Entertainment is excited to offer our Caterpillar Program which provides diverse, music theatre-skills based workshops for children ages 18 months to 7 years happening from September 10th to November 30th.


We think your network and clientele could benefit greatly from this program and we are hoping you could share this with them.


Learn more about the Caterpillar Program and how to register by clicking here.


The Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is committed to dismantling systemic constructs which serve as cultural, financial, and physical barriers to representation and participation in arts education.


More information about our program:

Location: Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy (145 Northfield Dr W, Waterloo)
Term: Tuesday, September 10th – Saturday, November 30th, 2024
Early Bird Pricing Available Until July 31st: $96 + HST (that’s just $8 per class!)
Regular Pricing: $120 + HST ($10 per class)


Skippers (18 Months to 3 Years, With Caregiver)

Skippers is a fun and active program that allows children to develop social skills and talents at a young age. Children will participate in dance and movement while enjoying music and drama lessons.


Swallowtails (3 to 4 Years, With Caregiver)

With busy toddlers in mind, we will focus on nurturing gross motor, cognitive and emotional development; through dance, music, circle dances, creative free movement, songs, rhymes, and storytelling. Focus is also on social skills, with a basic class structure and the ability to follow the instructions and take turns demonstrating skills with peers.


Angelwings (4 to 5 Years)

Angelwings is your child’s opportunity to explore the fine arts and develop talents, skills and confidence at a young age. Children 4 to 5 years of age will be inspired through dance, music, storytelling, and character work while making learning fun. 


Monarchs (6 to 7 Years)

Fundamental elements are taught through a series of ‘theatre-style’ games, rhythms and rhymes, story creation, movement exploration, and basic choreography. Designed for an active, creative child who loves to express themselves through music and movement, this class will prepare children who are ready to progress in their dance and music adventures.

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