Student and Family Advocacy (SFA) Program

SFA is a Black community-based program that supports Black families and students in engagement with the educational system.
Through our advocacy services, capacity building, navigation, and collaborations with schools/boards and other community groups, ECDI serves newcomer Black West African children ages 6-12 and their families in Toronto's York South-West and Humber River-Black Creek areas.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM, encompasses various fields and disciplines. Research indicates that approximately 95% of jobs by 2025 will require STEM education and training. Early exposure to STEM has been shown to increase children's interest in the field. STEM Camp introduces kids to the wonders of STEM, fostering curiosity and inspiring exploration. It covers areas such as science (biology, chemistry, physics), technology (computer science, digital media), engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical), mathematics, and more. By integrating these disciplines, STEM education promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation to tackle real-world challenges.


Reimagining Early Years Programming for Black Children and Families  

In partnership with the Toronto District School Board, we have a free drop-in EarlyON program for Black families and children ages 0-6 years old. Our early childhood educators facilitate play-based learning in a culturally safe, interactive environment so that Black families in the Greater Toronto Area can access high quality childcare, promoting growth and optimal development. Lunch and snacks are provided and a free book with each visit. 


Summer Camp for International Students

A two-week summer program from July to August where African youth can form connections and build skills in Canadian integration and other areas of interest. Students will be able to learn more about Canadian society with tours and park visits, with much to explore. Activities also include a wide range of focuses such as STEM, the arts, sports and leadership training. There are two sessions:                                 

 July 28 - August 10, 2024
 August 11 - August 24,2024

Fees: 5,500 CAD

Hand-in Hand

Come join us in our free, virtual African Intergenerational Cultural Identity Partnership - Hand in Hand program every other Wednesday from 5 to 6pm.

Led by a community elder through interactive sessions, we feature traditional African stories and folklore passed down from generation to generation. We also hold a variety of activities like African music, dance and arts & crafts to showcase the many cultures across Africa. Discover and explore more about the diversity of Africa through our community event that connects generations.

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