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Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Program

The Caregiver-Mediated Early Years (CMEY) program is for children who are between 12 and 48 months old and registered in the Ontario Autism Program.  

Program Overview

The CMEY program supports families with young children ages 12 months to 48 months (4 years). The programs help young children learn new skills and meet individualized goals.

Through these programs, parents and caregivers learn therapeutic strategies and specific techniques from professionals based on their child’s individual needs. The programs aim to build parents’ and caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s skill development in:

  • social interaction
  • play
  • communication
  • emotional development
  • adaptive development and self-help skills

The programs are play-based, child-led and developmentally appropriate. Programs are free of charge and available for up to six months per child.

Accessing the Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Program

To access the Caregiver-Mediated Early Years program, you must have received an invitation from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) through the OAP.

To be eligible to enroll, children must:

  • be registered with the Ontario Autism Program
  • have received an invitation
  • be 4 years of age or younger
  • have a diagnosis of autism


ErinoakKids is pleased to offer you the Early Social Interaction/ Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports (ESI/SCERTS) Model if your child is 12 to 36 months old and has been invited to participate in CMEY. 

The ESI/SCERTS Model  is a research-based model of service provision that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children with autism (and related disabilities), and their families. 

It helps young children learn new skills and meet individualized goals in the areas of social communication and play, and helps parents/caregivers learn how to support their children.


To register for ErinoakKids’ CMEY program, please call 905-855-2690, (or toll-free at 1-877-374-6625) and select option 1.