Critical Hours

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The 3 Pillars of Critical Hours Programming

Critical hours programs foster the social and academic skills of participants. When students are engaged in high quality after school activities, they experience higher levels of intrinsic concentration and motivation...

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Summer Literacy

Our Summer Literacy program aims to promote literacy for children and youth while they are on summer break, maintaining their engagement in their education.

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Critical Hours Programs in Ottawa

See a map of critical hours programs in Ottawa!

150 Hours of Programming

The Ottawa Child & Youth Initiative Critical Hours Task Group developed a resource tool called 150 Days of Programming to aid frontline workers of critical-hours programs in easily integrating quality, skill-building activities into their programming. You can view this resource at