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SmartStart Hub

New SmartStart Hub coming December 2022!

A one-stop shop to developmental services for children and youth in Windsor/Essex

Not sure where to go? Let us help you! The SmartStart Hub at John McGivney Children’s Centre will be a clear entry point to service for families and caregivers in our community who are concerned about your child/youth’s development, and day-to-day functioning related to development, to make sure you get connected to the help you need.
Who can refer to the SmartStart Hub?
Anyone can refer, including:
  • individuals
  • parents or legal guardians
  • healthcare providers
  • community agencies
You do not need a diagnosis or a physician's referral to access our HUB services!

Development Services are for families and caregivers who may be concerned about one or more of these areas:
  • your child/youth’s ability to move around
  • your child/youth’s ability to perform daily activities such as feeding/eating
  • your child/youth’s ability to understand other people or tell people what they want
  • your child/youth’s ability to get along with others, or the way their development impacts their ability to participate in activities

The SmartStart Hub will not be the only way to access services, and families will not have to go through the Hub to access other services across Windsor-Essex. You can contact any of the partner agencies directly. If you’re not sure which one, our new SmartStart Hub service will help get you to the right one.

Download our information flyers:

SmartStart Hub Partners
    Children's First LogoConnections Early Years Family Centre Logo  Family Respite Services Logo Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Logo  Ska Na Family Logo  City of Windsor LogoWindsor Essex County Health Unit

About SmartStart Hubs

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) introduced SmartStart Hubs in March 2022. They are the first step toward greater integration in the child development services system, under the leadership of Ontario's Children's Treatment Centres (CTCs). The John McGivney Children’s Centre is one of 22 CTCs in Ontario, and will be the SmartStart Hub for the Windsor/Essex region.

For more information about SmartStart Hubs, you can read the Ministry’s announcement here.