The Nook Children’s Program
How to
Get Involved

Join the Nook

Registration for the afterschool program begins in June of each year. We prioritize families who are earning no-to-low income, new to Canada, sole-support parents, or otherwise vulnerable.

Our Afterschool program operates September – June Monday – Friday between 3:30-6:00pm.

We currently pick up children from the following schools:

  • St. Raymond’s Catholic School
  • Essex Junior Public School
  • Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School
  • Palmerston Avenue Junior Public School

Contact us for more information.


*** Please note that we are at capacity and can no longer accept volunteer requests for Summer 2017***

The Nook Children’s Program welcomes volunteers to assist with:

  • Arts Programing
  • Sports Programing
  • Homework Help
  • Social Justice programming
  • Creative workshops for children or parents
  • Snack Preparation
  • Cleaning and organizing
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising

The Nook engages volunteers from local high schools, members of the community, local artists and professionals who want to offer their time in a community-based environment.

Student Placements

The Nook Children’s Program currently offers student placements to students in fields such as:

  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • CYW / CYC
  • Community Worker

The Nook Children’s Program has international placement partnerships with Universities in Sweden and Germany.

In-Kind Wishlist

The Nook is currently in need of in-kind items including:

  • School supplies
  • Arts and craft materials
  • Sports & rec equipment
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Current computers
  • A good quality camera/ video camera
  • Board games
  • Kids shoes and toys
  • Books
  • Boxes of tissue
  • Household plants and gardening materials

The Nook Program is a great asset for our children and those of the neighbouring schools. They facilitate both tutoring and mentoring for the children that participate by having great program leaders. The Nook Program also enhances our school and community relationships. They act as a resource, as well, for our staff, our parent communities and other community groups.

We at St. Raymond are very appreciative of this collaboration with the Nook Program. We have seen that this team effort fosters and promotes an active and meaningful role to the concept of school-community partnerships.

St. Raymond Catholic School

I have no words to say thank you for Nook. You are amazing! Since when I arrive in Canada NOOK is being Kaique’s second family.

Nook Parent

I must say that the Nook is amazing. I thought it might have been too much change for Kai to start after school care on top of adjustment to Grade 1 and our house situation, but going to the Nook is actually helping him for those and it was a good surprise to me!

Nook Parent

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