Early Learning
& Childcare

The YW adheres to all COVID-19 health regulations as set out by the region to ensure the safety of clients and staff.

In response to changes announced by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health with regard to COVID-19, we are changing the way we operate childcare programs. Click here for more information on our updated health and safety measures.

We act as a partner and caregiver for families in Waterloo Region, providing quality childcare for children from 6 months to 12 years of age. Our early childhood educators foster a safe place for children to learn through play and social connection.

Educators work with the unique learning style and personality of each child, identifying the strengths and skills they possess. We work with parents to give support on a personal level for children as needed. Our goal is to be part of a healthy, happy childhood for children in our care.

All of our programs are licensed by the Ministry of Education and follow the standards set in the Childcare and Early Years Act.

Licensed Childcare Centres

Our four licensed childcare centres are located in Kitchener at:

  • 8 Bridge Street – for children 18 months to 5 years of age, offering toddler and preschool programs
  • 111 Duke Street West – for children 18 months to 5 years, offering toddler and preschool programs
  • 130 Woodbine Ave, Jean Steckle – for children 6 months to 5 years, offering infant, toddler, and preschool programs
  • 45 Birchcliff Ave, St. Paul – for children 6 months to 5 years, offering infant, toddler, and preschool programs

Childcare Registration

To apply for licensed childcare in Waterloo Region please visit the Region of Waterloo OneList website.

For more information:

Ana Cabral, Manager
Bridge Street Childcare Centre
(519) 570-0211

Michele Kempster, Manager
Duke Street Childcare Centre
(519) 578-1515

Jennifer Marshall, Manager 
Jean Steckle Childcare Centre 
(519) 894-6666

Andrea Hardy, Manager
St. Paul Childcare Centre
(519) 744-9980

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