New Operator Information

If you are considering opening a new licensed early learning and child care program, or purchasing an existing program, you must contact both the Ministry of Education and the Region of Waterloo.

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education is responsible for licensing and monitoring early learning and child care.  Their website has important information about the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, and its regulations and licensing requirements.

If you are planning to construct a new building, or renovate an existing one, check out the Ministry's Planning and Design Guidelines for Child Care Centres.

Region of Waterloo

As the Service System Manager, the Region of Waterloo, Children's Services, has responsibility to plan and manage licensed early learning and child care for ages 0 - 4.  The Region also issues funding to licensees, on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Click here for information on where current child care programs and schools are located.

For more information, please contact

Sherri Phillips 
Manager, Early Years Funding Administration
Children's Services
Region of Waterloo

519-575-4400 ext 5518