Child care supports

The London-Middlesex Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan serves as a road map for child care and early years planning, providing a picture of current services and opportunities for growth throughout the area between 2019-2023. The full document is available by contacting childrensservicesadmin@london.ca.

For general community program information, health and family resources, visit familyinfo.ca.

For families
Child Care Fee Subsidy Program

Fee subsidy supports eligible families with the cost of child care expenses by paying all or a portion of the total cost, as funding permits. 

 

 

Child care and early years resources for parents​​​​​​

 

Ontario Childcare Tax Credit Information

The Ontario Childcare Tax Credit was recently introduced by the Ontario government. This new tax credit will provide about 300,000 families with up to 75 percent of their eligible child care expenses, and allow families to access a broad range of child care options, including care in centres, homes and camps.

Visit the Ontario Childcare Tax Credit page on Ontario.ca for to find out about eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, how to claim and to request more information.

This information is also available to you in French.

Questions about the Ontario Childcare Tax Credit should be directed to the Canada Revenue Agency:

Ministry of Education Early Years’ Resources
Middlesex London Health Unit Parenting videos

Locally created short videos can help parents with a variety of topics that include: technology and your child, sexual health, mental health, growth and development, substance misuse, and family meals.  View them on the Middlesex London Health Unit website.

 

Child and Youth Network​​​

London's Child and Youth Network (CYN) is comprised of over 170 organizations across the city that are working in new and different ways to support families in London. For over a decade, CYN partners have utilized research and collective knowledge to improve life for children, youth, and families in our community. The community's vision: "Happy, healthy children and youth today; caring, creative responsible adults tomorrow" guides the work of CYN partners to create positive changes in the following priority areas:

Ending Poverty

This priority began in 2007 to address a significant community problem: 1 in every 5 children born in London lives in poverty. Partners have worked together, recognizing that there are several stages to provide support to children, youth and families experiencing poverty in our community. Basic needs of individuals must first be met, followed by a strategic approach to impact system change and breaking the cycle of poverty.

To help meet the immediate basic needs of Londoners, the Food Families program brings together a group of neighbourhood families on a regular basis to form a network that supports, encourages, and mentors one another using food. The goal of Food Families is to build food literacy skills that increase families’ buying power and increase the sharing of practical and affordable ways to eat well.

Learn more at www.londoncyn.ca.

Increasing Healthy Eating Healthy Physical Activity (HEHPA)

In London, 1 in 5 children are obese or overweight.

The Healthy Eating Healthy Physical Activity (HEHPA) priority’s goal is to create environments, neighbourhoods, and opportunities that promote and support daily physical activity and healthy eating for all children, youth, and families in London. Community partners take a collaborative approach towards improving health by promoting awareness initiatives, supporting active neighbourhoods, developing educational and motivational tools for healthy habits, connecting people with healthy events and activities, and measuring health improvements in our communities.

To promote healthy living for children, the Grade 5 ACT-i-Pass program allows grade 5 students access to free recreational programming throughout the city of London.

For more information on this program, visit http://www.playeveryday.ca.

Making Literacy a Way of Life 

In London, over 1 in 4 children are not ready to learn in Grade 1, and significant numbers of children are below the provincial average in reading, writing, and math. More than 1 in 5 students are not graduating from secondary school.

It is through the implementation of a community-developed and led action plan that community partners works to meet the Literacy priority goal of making sure children, youth, and families develop strong literacy skills and competencies needed to fully participate, engage, and thrive throughout their lives.

To promote literacy from birth, every new family in London can receive a Baby's Book Bag.  These can be picked up any branch of the London Public Library or Family Centre/EarlyON in London.  

Baluchon de lecture pour bebe- Francophone and Francophile families who prefer to access the French version of this resource can get one at la ribambelle. Baby's Book Bag is a partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London.

Learn more at www.londoncyn.ca.

Creating a family-centred service system

A network of Family Centres was created that bring services together, and improve the way partners work together to make programs, resources and services more accessible to families. This offers a single door approach to each neighbourhood.

Families can access programs and services in any one of the seven Family Centres across the city including: [link to each centre page] Family Centre Argyle,  Family Centre Carling-Thames, Family Centre Fanshawe, Family Centre Fox Hollow, Family Centre Westminster, Family Centre Westmount and Family Centre White Oaks.

Each Family Centre neighbourhood offers programs and services, including:

  • Parenting and Early Learning Programs
  • Education, Early Childhood Education and Child Care
  • Public Health and Wellness
  • Recreation, Sports and Leisure
  • Referral, Resources, Information and Awareness

 

 

For child care providers
Wage enhancement grants and home child care enhancement grants

The Wage Enhancement Grant/Home Child Care Enhancement Grant is an initiative of the Provincial government to support program staff, retain Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs), and to support access to high-quality child care programs for children in Ontario.

Contact Children’s Services Office for information, updates and applications for London-Middlesex. Call 519-661-CITY (2489) ex. 5698, or email EnhancementGrants@london.ca.

Stay tuned for 2020 application information.​​​​​​

 

 

Last modified:Thursday, September 17, 2020