Who We Are

Skylark is a leading Toronto-based charity dedicated to children, young people and their families struggling with complex mental health and developmental needs.

Our depth of expertise can provide the help that is needed when it’s needed. We believe that all young people, regardless of their developmental, social and/or psychological needs, are resilient and possess their own unique strengths. After more than 90 years of experience, we know that our comprehensive range of high quality mental health promotion, intervention and treatment services help young people gain the confidence they need to become productive, contributing members in their communities.

The voice of youth is highly valued in our day to day operations. We regularly seek their input and perspective when making decisions.

Continuous quality improvement is the cornerstone of all that we do.

Our Brand

What’s in a name? The skylark – slightly larger than a sparrow and just as unremarkable in appearance can soar up to 100 metres in the sky while it sings its distinctive song. Most often heard at daybreak, this song has been said to “chase away the darkness”. For centuries authors, poets, songwriters and music virtuosos have been inspired by this ordinary little bird with the most extraordinary strength and skills.

Our young clients were key influencers in choosing our name – one that embodies hope and promise. Skylark is a place where mental wellness takes flight.

Vision Mission Values


Young people and their families live well, thrive and grow in the face of mental health and developmental challenges.


We help young people overcome mental health and developmental challenges by finding, developing and delivering the support services that are right for them and their families.


We live our values when we provide service to children, youth and families and when we  work within our organization, with our partners and with our stakeholders.

Integrity: We are ethical, do the right thing, and use our best judgment in all circumstances at all times.

Youth and Family Focus: We put children, youth, and families at the centre of what we do.

Collaboration and Partnerships: We engage children, youth, families and community partners to create positive change.

Evidence Informed: We strive to provide responsive, innovative, and personalized services that have been proven to achieve good results.

Diversity and Inclusion: We value different perspectives and ideas and strive to create an environment that rights the inequities that exist in society.

Skylark’s vision, mission and values not only underpin our work with clients and partners but also with our employees. We are committed to a workforce that reflects and respects the diversity of the community we serve. Our Diversity and Equity Advisory Group ensures that Skylark is a welcoming place for all, where everyone feels respected as unique individuals.

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Skylark Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022

Click the link to our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.

Measuring our Outcomes

Evaluation, Quality Improvement & Research

At Skylark Children, Youth and Families, we put our clients first by maintaining high standards of service delivery.  Our ongoing, agency-wide program evaluation and quality improvement activities allow us to determine what impact our services are having on the people that come to us for help and how satisfied they are with their service experience.

By utilizing pre- and post- measurement tools and client satisfaction surveys as part of service delivery and a balanced scorecard to measure performance across the organization, Skylark takes a continuous quality improvement approach to our work to remain accountable to our stakeholders. For more information, click the link to our Quality Assurance and Service Evaluation.

Skylark Merger Update

February 1, 2020
Dear Clients:

We are very excited to let you know that Adventure Place, The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, the Griffin Centre, and Skylark Children and Youth will be merging our four agencies. Effective April 1, 2020, we will be a single integrated organization serving infants, children, youth, young adults and families.The goal of our merger is to enhance the service we currently provide to our clients. Caring for you through the services we provide and enhancing that care is why we believe this merger makes sense.

We want to assure you that you will continue to receive services from the person(s) or program from which you are presently involved. We are committed to ensuring that client service is continuous and that the services that are available to clients will not be affected or disrupted through this merger.

The new single organization will incorporate the best that each of our current agencies has to offer and be a modern organization focused on providing you with excellent services. Our vision is that the new organization will focus on providing a broader range of accessible, integrated, coordinated services to more clients that will result in an even better experience.

We want to assure you that we are committed to continuing to deliver excellent care and high levels of client service. Please rest assured that your service experience now, and into the future, will continue to be our top priority.

We welcome your questions and feedback as we move through this process. We will keep you posted about the progress that we are making. Please check back on our website for updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your worker or call the Executive Director.

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