Child Care and Day Care Centres
There are numerous daycare centres in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. However, if you are looking for a daycare, it is important to find one ahead of time and apply in advance since the majority of them have long waiting lists. Besides licensed daycare centres, summer camps, before and after school programs, licensed private home child care and unlicensed caregivers are other options for your children.
In Ontario, subsidies for daycare are not available to international students; however, childcare subsidies are available to landed immigrants. Visitors to Canada are also eligible to receive “Canada Child Tax Benefits”: call: 1-800-387-1193. In order to receive these benefits, you must have been in Canada for a minimum of twelve months and have filed an income tax form. Your child must also be under the age of eighteen and one parent must be a visitor or hold a permit under the Immigration Act for duration of not less than one year.
Many daycare centres are listed below; however, this link will provide you with more child care centres in the region as well as helpful information.
|Abwunza YMCA Child Care||(519)747-000775||University Avenue; Waterloo|
|Emmanuel Day Care & Nursery||(519)886-3610||22 Bridgeport Street; Waterloo|
|Hildegard Marsden Nursery||(519)886-5437||220Columbia Street; Waterloo|
|Paintin’ Place Cooperative Daycare||(519)888-4030||106 Seagram Dr; Waterloo|
|Parkminster Daycare Centre||(519)885-487075||Erb Street; Waterloo|
Community Resource Information
|Ambulance, Fire Department or Police||911-free of charge|
|Government of Canada||1-800-622-6232|
|Government of Ontario||1-800-267-8097|
|K-W Community Information Centre||(519)579-3800|
|Parking Ticket Information||(519)741-2379|
|To find a number ($0.50 charge each time)||411|
|Waterloo Parking Ticket||(519)747-8745|
Crisis Lines, Emergency food and shelters
|Abuse Crisis Line for Women||1-877-419-1517 or 742-5894|
|Food Bank of Waterloo Region||(519)743-5576|
|House of Friendship||(519)885-3330|
|Out of the Cold: contact Trinity United Church||(519)742-8327|
|Suicide and Mental Health distress line||(519)745-1166|
|Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region||(519)741-9184; 653-2422|
New Canadians Resources:
|YMCA-K-W Cross Cultural/Community Services||
It provides services to new immigrants/refugees for example the Host Program that matches newcomers with the volunteer host.
|Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre:||
It offers many services, programs, and support for new Canadians such as assistance with job search, interpretation/translation services, and counselling. An important aspect of services offered is the language training. The Centre offers one-on-one volunteer tutor program, geared to help the newcomers learn the English language. The tutor and the student meet once a week for approximately two hours, for a minimum of four months.
|St. Louis Adult Learning Centre:||
It offers English as a second language courses at several sites in the area.
|Catholic Family Counseling||(519)743-6333|