FIREFLY’s Kenora and Minto EarlyON Centres will resume in-person programming and services this week, opening up another resource for families with youth.

Sessions will be taking place at the Kenora Public Library location on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Families are asked to enter through the Harbourfront entrance.

Sessions at the Minto EarlyON centre will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Virtual programming will also be offered throughout the week.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback from families about the virtual programming that we have been providing throughout the pandemic and we are excited to continue to provide those services,” said Leanne Mineault, Manager of Early Years for FIREFLY.

“However, we do know that some of our families might not have access to virtual platforms. We recognize the importance of connecting with others in these unprecedented times and we are looking to safely provide some in-person programming to help families to participate and connect.”

Programs will only be available by pre-registering, and drop-ins will not be allowed. You can register by phone for any of the programs by calling the centre ahead of time. Online registration is not being accepted at this time.

“The safety of the children and families we serve as well as the safety of our staff is of the utmost importance to us. We are following all guidelines of Public Health as recommended by the Northwestern Health Unit,” added Mineault.

“This is why we will need our families to call in to register, so we can walk them through what they can expect when they come to the centre. We are very excited to be able to welcome families into the centre again, even though things will be a little different.”

Families will be expected to wear masks at all times, masks for children will depend on their age, hand washing measures are in effect, as well as social distancing.