The Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) agreement is a plan that supports a licensed early years and child care system that is committed to high-quality early years experiences, access equity, affordability, and inclusive conditions in early learning and child care.
As CWELCC continues to make child care more affordable for families, the demand for care is expected to increase. As the service manager for Haldimand County and Norfolk County, Haldimand and Norfolk Children’s Services intends to increase access to licensed early learning and child care in priority neighbourhoods by supporting the creation of 441 new spaces for children younger than 6 years, progressively each year, by the end of 2026.
We are committed to supporting the principles of the province’s access and inclusion framework as we operationalize our directed growth plan. Through data analyses of multiple socio-economic and demographic indicators, initial priority neighbourhoods were identified as areas for directed growth. These initial priority neighbourhoods are listed below in no particular order:
- Rural areas of Haldimand County
- Rural areas of Norfolk County
An application process for community-based spaces allocated to Haldimand and Norfolk as part of the CWELCC Directed Growth Plan will be introduced in early 2024. Individuals interested in becoming a licensed home child care provider can contact Today’s Family.
A copy of the current Directed Growth Plan can be found here.
General inquiries can be directed to:
Michelle Balint, Program Manager