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Mission, Vision & Values


The ECC improves infant, child, youth and family well-being by providing effective community based mental health and autism services.


Children, youth and their families succeeding in their daily lives.


In partnership and collaboration with children, youth, families and our community partners, The ECC provides equitable, caring, respectful and knowledgeable mental health and autism services which are responsive and accessible to the diverse needs of children, families and communities.

Core Values:

  • All individuals have strengths and are capable of learning, adapting and growing. "Kids do well if they can!" (Dr. Ross Greene)

  • Family, friends and community are important to children and youth and are essential sources of support and strength.

  • Children need acceptance, nurturance, support, care, discipline and consistency.

  • Abuse, harassment, intimidation, violence and bullying are not acceptable or tolerated.

  • Diversity strengthens and improves lives.

  • Challenges are a normal part of life.

  • Use non-judgmental and respectful approaches.

  • Everyone is responsible for taking ownership for their actions and behaviour and taking steps to improve.

  • Trust, integrity, compassion and communication are key to developing healthy relationships and sustaining change.

  • Children, youth, and families have the right to be involved in service planning and decision-making processes.

  • Systemic approaches and practices that are individualized, coordinated, collaborative, and integrated will support success and sustainability.

  • Goals and outcomes must be achievable, monitored, reviewed, and evaluated.

  • Service practices and approaches must be knowledgeable, ethical, accountable, and effective.


Understanding Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health

Mental health refers to a person’s psychological and emotional well-being. It affects the way we think, feel and behave. A mental health problem can affect our ability to deal with life events.

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Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism

Research suggests that children with autism are able to form attachments. However the way they express attachment can be unusual and it may seem as if they are disconnected.

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The Etobicoke Children’s Centre

65 Hartsdale Drive,
Etobicoke, ON M9R 2S8

200 Ronson Dr., (4th floor)
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5Z9

Tel: (416) 240-1111
Fax: (416) 240-7999
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