Quality Initiatives

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Raising the Bar (RTB) on quality has been the major quality initiative in Waterloo Region from 2004-2016. 

Based on strong results of the Raising the Bar initiative in recent years and the implementation of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years, the Region of Waterloo, Children's Services believes it is important to consider the changing needs of our Early Learning and Care Community and recognizes the necessity to better align our   approach to quality assurance.


The development of a new quality approach is underway which will be much broader in scope and coherent with the changing landscape of the Early Learning and Child Care Sector.  We anticipate the implementation of the new framework in early 2017.


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


For a copy of the final RTB Annual Summary, click here.

For copies of reports from previous years, please contact Debbie Jones at 519-575-4400 ext. 5044


Environment Rating Scales training is available on a limited basis pending the roll out of the new approach. For training schedule and registration as well as other training opportunities and information about Communities of Practice (CoPs), visit the Early Childhood Professional Resource Centre Website.


Considerations for Health and Safety Practices when using Environmental Rating Scales - Recommendations from Region of Waterloo Public Health.