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Early Learning and Child Care Service Plan 2016 - 2020

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Region of Waterloo Children’s Services
Publication Date: 
20 Aug 2016


Executive summary

The Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Service Plan is a multi-year plan that will act as our road map for the next four years. As the Concolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM), the Region of Waterloo, Children's Services has a mandate and directive from the Province to engage in system wide planning for licensed ELCC services. 

This Service Plan provides a picture of our current services and challenges Waterloo Region, based on input and feedback from over 1,100 parents, as well as service providers and child care operators, and builds on the work completed as part of the 2010 - 2015 Service Plan. Since that time, licensed ELCC has changed significantly with the implementation of full-day kindergraten, expansion of before and after school programs, the role out of a new Provincial wage enhancement program, and the implementation of the new Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA). 

We are excited to continue our journey towards a vibrant, high-quality, inclusive ELCC system by taking a planned and strategic approach in collaboration with our community partners. Together, we want to ensure that Waterloo Region is a community where all children thrive.