Waterloo Region's Child Care and Early Learning Service System Plan, 2021-2025

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Region of Waterloo Children’s Services is in the process of developing the 2021-2025 Early Learning and Child Care Service System Plan. This plan will act as our road map for the next four years. As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM), the Region of Waterloo Children’s Services is engaging in system-wide planning for licensed early learning and child care services.

The system plan will provide a picture of our current services and challenges in Waterloo Region, based on input and feedback from parents, service providers, child care operators, and researchers. This work will guide us in our journey towards an accessible, affordable, high quality, equitable and inclusive early learning and child care system. By working with community partners and taking a strategic approach, we will work to ensure that Waterloo Region is a community where all children thrive.




Region of Waterloo Children’s Services is in the process of developing the 2021-2025 Early Learning and Child Care Service System Plan. This plan will act as our road map for the next four years. As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM), the Region of Waterloo Children’s Services is engaging in system-wide planning for licensed early learning and child care services.

The system plan will provide a picture of our current services and challenges in Waterloo Region, based on input and feedback from parents, service providers, child care operators, and researchers. This work will guide us in our journey towards an accessible, affordable, high quality, equitable and inclusive early learning and child care system. By working with community partners and taking a strategic approach, we will work to ensure that Waterloo Region is a community where all children thrive.

  • Progress Updates

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    22 Mar 2021


    What's happening now?

    Waterloo Region Parent Survey: Our first step in the engagement process is broad engagement for all parents in Waterloo Region.

    If you are a parent of a child age 0 to 12, we want to hear from you! Please provide your input by completing the online survey. This survey is open until April 16th.

    We would like to hear from all families, both those who use child care and EarlyON programs and those who do not. This survey will help us better understand how well the early learning and child care system serves local families, what barriers exist, and where improvements are needed. This work will help guide us in our journey towards an accessible, affordable, high quality, equitable and inclusive early learning and child care system.

    The survey is being promoted through various social media channels and with the support of a wide variety of community partners.


    What are the next steps?

    In the coming weeks and over the next four years, engagement will continue with parents, including Indigenous and racialized communities and other marginalized families, along with community partners and child care operators.

    The next step in the engagement process will be the launch of a survey for local child care operators.