Finding Quality Programs

Finding high quality child care is important for your child's safe, healthy growth and development. To help parents know what to look for and how to evaluate quality,  the Ministry of Education provides information for parents. Click here to connect to their website.

In Waterloo Region we have a centralized registry for all licensed child care programs.  To search for child care go to OneList Waterloo Region.

Raising the Bar on Quality has been the quality initiative that Licensed Early Learning and Care Programs have participated in for the past 12 years. Given the many changes to the child care sector in recent years, the Region of Waterloo is leading the development of a new quality approach which will better align with this changing landscape. The first phase is expected to launch in early 2017. 


To hear about the impact Raising the Bar has had on early learning and child care programs watch this video.


To see the the final report on RTB click here.


Helpful Links

Common Questions to Ask a Child Care Provider

Ontario Ministry of Education - About Child Care

Canadian Child Care Federation - Quality checklist of things you should look for.