Early experiences have a significant impact on children's well being and latter success in school, work and the community, and sets the foundation for lifelong learning. It is during the early years that a child develops socially, physically, intellectually, creatively and emotionally at a more rapid pace than any other time in their lives. Parents, educators and community members recognize the value of providing enriching supportive experiences that enable children to grow and become healthy, happy and productive citizens.
Early childhood learning programs serve children aged 0-6 years and their families. These include regulated full-time or part-time child care centres, family childcare homes, family resource centre programs, school-sponsored pre-Kindergarten programs, and early literacy programs such as those affiliated with public libraries, schools and community centres.The Department of Child, Youth and Family Services is responsible for child care services and family resource centres. Please visit their website for more information on these services.
If you have questions or concerns regarding regulated child care centres in your area, please contact the office nearest you:
Many public libraries offer early childhood learning program. Visit the public libraries web site to see if there is a program in a library near you.