Niagara. Region Community Services Department

Children's Services, Children's Programs

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Record #: NIA0048 Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 Last Full Update: 29 Apr 2014
Description & Services
DescriptionChildren's Services ensures access to a coordinated, diverse range of affordable quality services and supports for young children and families. 
EARLY YEARS SERVICES The Region, through the Public Health and Community Services Departments, in collaboration with the Province, manages the system of early years/resource centre services and supports and contracts directly with many community agencies. Early Years Centres provide universal services that are both child and parent/caregiver focused. Services are offered in recreation facilities, community centres, schools and churches. Provide a gateway for a common set of programs and services including education and training, literacy supports, and information to ensure children are prepared for school entry. 
CHILD CARE Over 160 licensed child care centres and nursery schools are available throughout the region, most of which provide financial subsidy through the Region. Child care supports and services maximize developmental growth opportunities for children and employment related support for parents. 
SUPPORT TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS A range of support services through funded agencies are available throughout Niagara to assist in the successful integration of children with special needs. Resource Teachers and Early Childhood Educators provide additional assistance in service planning and intervention techniques to improve the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children, primarily enrolled in licensed child care settings. 
FINANCIAL SUBSIDY Families deemed eligible for financial assistance are able to access a range of services. Hours are flexible, dependent upon the services provided. Fees are confirmed on a sliding scale based on completion of an income test in accordance with families most current taxation information. For eligibility determination families may make application directly on line at www.niagararegion.ca or by contacting Children's Services intake line at 905-984-3750. Eligible Families are provided with a range of child care placement options where subsidy can be used to assist with their child care costs. When there are waiting lists a priority ranking scale is administered to determine placement for those most in need. 
DIRECT SERVICES Children's Services operates five child care centres in St. Catharines, Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Welland, as well as a region-wide Home Child Care Program. 
Pro-Kids See separate record
HoursMon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
DatesAll year
Areas ServedNiagara Region
EligibilityChildren 12 years and younger * Infants, Toddlers, Children, Preschool and school-aged children
ApplicationApplication for fee subsidy requires an assessment of financial eligibility by a Subsidy Eligibility Worker. Eligible families are provided with the range of locations where subsidy is available. When waiting lists exist for fee subsidy, a priority ranking scale is administered to determine placement for those most in need. 
LanguagesEnglish
FeesProgram ; Fee assistance available for child care (based on a sliding scale); recreation opportunities.
Contact Information
Office PhoneCommunity Services 905-984-6900 * Child Care Subsidy Intake 905-984-3750 * ProKids 905-984-6900 ext 3797, Grimsby Residents 905-945-2271 ext 3797
Toll Free PhoneChild care subsidy intake Grimsby Residents 1-800-263-7215 ext 3897
Fax905-984-4463
Websitewww.niagararegion.ca/government/community-services/children-services.aspx
Primary ContactDarlene Edgar, Manager; Email: darlene.edgar@niagararegion.ca
Primary ExecutiveKatherine Chislett, Commissioner
Located In CommunityThorold
Address & Map
Campbell East
2201 St David's Rd
Thorold, ON L2V 4T7
 
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IntersectionSt David's Rd and Merrittville Hwy
Mailing AddressPO Box 344 
Thorold, ON L2V 3Z3
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Other Details
Service Level(20) Regional Government
Subjects
SubjectsChild care ; Children ; Coordinating organizations ; Disabilities ; Financial assistance ; Private home child care ; Regional government ; Registries ; Subsidies
Broader TermsAge groups ; Child care ; Financial services ; Government ; Organizations