Advancing the Practice of Family Support

Family Supports Institute Ontario is a member-based organization that provides leadership for professionals who work in the field of early learning and family support. 

What We Do

Families and caregivers with young children throughout Ontario have access to a suite of high quality, flexible, locally delivered services and programs, like EarlyON Child and Family Centres, that are delivered by skilled, informed and dedicated family support professionals.


FSIO is the only dedicated provincial organization that seeks to represent you, the professional, and the services you provide.


FSIO hosts and shares notices of professional development for staff working directly with families and managers to increase their professional competence and capacity.


FSIO produces and shares position statements, policy documents, practice resources, and research relevant to family support professionals.


FSIO provides opportunities to connect with colleagues across the province and have a voice in shaping family support programs.

Build Your Capacity

Family Supports Institute Ontario is proud to offer professional training in family support that will contribute to quality and consistency in EarlyON Child and Family Centres and other family programs across Ontario. 


Our Work and Impact

FSIO continually focuses on supporting professionals who support children and families in all types of family suopport programs including EarlyON Child and Family Centres. We continue to consult with the province and relay your perspectives. We are focused on giving our members a voice at the table to ensure that The Guiding Principles of Family Support are upheld and that the dual focus of child and family are at the forefront.

How We’re Making a Difference


Member Agencies


Professionals Served


Families Served By Our Members

Get Involved!

What does FSIO do?

Family Supports Institute Ontario (FSIO) is a non-profit organization governed by an active Board of professionals who have knowledge and expertise about both the needs of young families and the professionals that work with them. FSIO acts as a resource and a conduit for the dissemination of current information, in addition to providing professional development opportunities, including workshops, Town Halls, and advocacy opportunities. FSIO seeks to advocate and act as a "voice" for those who work with families and children in a variety of family support settings to actively inform and influence policy developments and discussions at all levels of government.

How can FSIO support individuals?

FSIO provides you with a connection to others working in a unique field that requires expertise and essential skills to provide family support. With ongoing changes in policy, our Board is comprised of members who are working in the field of family support and experiencing the same situation as you. We can advise you and connect you to resources and, most importantly, to each other as changes occur. In addition, we continue to advocate for you at the provincial and municipal levels of government to ensure that staff are treated fairly and that your needs are considered as changes occur. FSIO also organizes events at which you can provide feedback directly to government representatives.

How do I become a member?

It is easy to become a member or to renew your membership. You can become a member online or complete the membership form (.doc) (.pdf) and send your payment online through Paypal, cheque, or e-transfer. Individual friends/supporters pay $80/year, organizations/agencies pay $100/year, and students/unwaged individuals pay $25/year. Want to be involved without becoming a member? Join FSIO’s, working committees, mailing list, or donate to FSIO.

Join Us!

FSIO is dedicated to supporting and improving the provision of high-quality, effective family support programs in Ontario. With an FSIO membership, you are connected to a provincial network of professionals working in similar programs across the province. You will have easy online access to information and resources that will benefit you and your programs. You can participate in professional development and research and policy discussions. You will also benefit from current developments like online discussions, webinars, and events.


“FSIO, since its inception, has been one of my anchoring networks, which has supported our organization in fostering “true” family support. We could not have offered our exceptional services without it.” – Gudrun Klingelstein, Centrepointe Early Childhood Resource Centre in Ottawa.