Parents and caregivers are pivotal in helping their children reach their fullest potential.  Working collaboratively with community partners and service providers, we strive to ensure that families are informed about and connected to other community services they may require.  In this section, you will find a variety of links to resources and downloads regarding the early years and licensed child care system.

Early Years

Parenting Supports

Becoming a parent is one of the most enjoyable life experiences, but can sometimes also be one of the most challenging.  There are a variety of agencies in our district that offer programs and services to help you along the way.  Below is just a sample of the community agencies and the services they provide; you can click on the links to visit their website and get more information on programs that may be of interest to you.

Community Organizations

Looksee Checklist 

The Looksee Checklist by ndds is a checklist to help monitor a child’s development from 1 month to 6 years of age, with tips to promote the child’s ongoing development.  It is not a diagnostic tool or formal assessment, but rather a quick survey to help parents, caregivers and professionals determine any areas that may require some extra help.  Click here to visit their website and download the checklists.      

Promoting Literacy

Language and literacy develop together as a baby grows from an infant, to a toddler, to a school-aged child and older.  Building literacy and language skills early on makes it easier for children to learn to read.  Click on any of the flyers below to learn more about how you can build early literacy skills with your child.

EarlyON Child & Family Centres

EarlyON Child & Family Centres provide families with a warm and inclusive environment to help support children’s learning, development, health and well-being.  To learn more about our EarlyON programs and to access  a list of programs/calendars, please visit our EarlyON page

How Does Learning Happen?

How Does Learning Happen? (HDLH?) is Ontario’s pedagogical approach for early learning.  This play based approach is intended to:

  • Guide program development, pedagogy and practice
  • Strengthen the quality of programs
  • Ensure high quality experiences for children
  • Support positive outcomes in learning, development, health and well-being

The Children’s Services Quality Assurance team helps support licensed child care centres in the implementation of HDLH? through site visits and professional learning opportunities.  Click here for more information on HDLH?.

Child Care

 Finding Care

The Ministry of Education is responsible for licensing child care centres and home child care agencies in Ontario.  Visit the Ministry’s website to learn more about the different types of child care available to you.

All licensed child care settings in the Nipissing District use the Nipissing District Child Care Waitlist Registry to manage their waitlists, so be sure to set up a profile and apply to programs using the registry.  If you need help using the registry, you can download the Parent Manual with step-by-step instructions to complete your application.  You can also download a list of licensed child care programs in the Nipissing District.

Child Care Fee Subsidy

Child care fee subsidy is a program that is intended to help families with the cost of their child care expenses.  It supports eligible families by paying a portion of their total licensed child care costs, as funding permits.  For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the How to Apply section of our website, or click below to download the Fee Subsidy Infographic.

Fee Subsidy – English   Fee Subsidy – French

Quality Care

Licensed child care settings in Ontario are regulated by the Child Care Early Years Act , 2014 (CCEYA) to ensure high standards of safety and quality.  The best way to determine if a child care setting will meet your needs is to visit the centre and observe the children and staff.  Take into consideration the relationships you see between the staff and children.  Are staff genuinely happy when interacting with children? Is everyone (administration, educators, cooks, etc.) receptive and open to questions?  The Ministry has developed a list of questions to ask potential child care providers to help you on your quest, or you can visit Finding Quality Child Care for more helpful tips.

Children with Special Needs

Children’s Services is responsible for administering Inclusion Support Special Needs Resourcing to allow children with special needs to participate in early years and child care programs with no additional costs to the parent or caregiver.  We have two Inclusion Support Partners:  Community Living North Bay’s Inclusion Support Program and West Nipissing Child Care Corporation’s Stepping Stone Program, to ensure that all children are integrated with their peers.

Through Inclusion Support services, Resource Consultants (RCs) provide support to child care and EarlyON programs by conducting regular visits to programs, providing early identification and intervention as well as individual consultations to programs across the Nipissing District.  RCs and front line staff work together to ensure programming is meeting the needs of every child and to include everyone in the conversations regarding next steps in supporting individual children.  Children’s Services also administers funds to support enriched staffing levels for children who require additional care.  

Additionally, EarlyON and licensed child care programs receive professional learning opportunities to build capacity in the area of inclusion and special needs resourcing.

For more information, or if your child requires additional services, use the links in the side menu to find out more about additional community services for children with special needs.


other resources

Income Support

Ontario Works helps people who are in financial need by providing financial assistance to help with the costs of basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, as well as health benefits for clients and their families.  Click here to learn more about the Ontario Works program and supports. 

If you are struggling to pay your rent, heat or hydro, the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) program may be able to help.  Click here for more information about this program and other community services that may be of assistance. 

Food Security

Food insecurity occurs when one does not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.  If you or someone you know requires support with food security, click on the links below to find more information on food banks and other services in your area to help with food security.

North Bay Food Bank

The Gathering Place

Mattawa Area Food Bank

West Nipissing Food Bank