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.

Employment Opportunities

The Nook Children’s Program is currently looking for a Recreation Worker for their After-School Program. This is a contract position starting September 13th, 2021 until December 23rd, 2021.

The Nook Afterschool Program is a unique program designed to create a safe environment for elementary school aged children. Our program’s focus is to bring daily art, sports, literacy, and social justice programs to children ages 4-12 in an after-school setting.

Click here to access the job posting and information on how to apply.


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

Thank goodness for a safe place full of community!

Nook Parent

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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