Child Care and Early Learning

The Children's Services and Early Years Department provides support to families in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant to by offering a series of services including help finding quality child care, applying for child care subsidy to reduce costs, connecting families to free, quality drop-in programs and supporting children with special needs in licensed child care.

As the service system manager, the City of Brantford also supports individuals who operate Child Care Centres and Licensed Home Child Care providers, and EarlyON providers. We encourage you to explore the services outlined on this page and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get real time updates about programming.

Covid -19 Pandemic Update

As per the Ontario government’s Safer at Home Restrictions, full-day licensed child care for school-age children will be available at no cost for parents/caregivers who meet the criteria as essential eligible workers,

To be eligible for emergency child care for school aged children:

1. Child must have been enrolled in school as of December 31, 2020

2. Parent must live or work in the City of Brantford or the County of Brant

3. Parent must have no other child care option for that period of time

4. Parent must be meet the eligibility requirement as directed by the Province of Ontario

Parents may apply for Emergency Child Care online through OneLIST. Emergency child care is not offered by all licensed child care operators and spaces will be limited.

In order for the space to be without cost, parents must also complete a registration process through the Children’s Services Fee Subsidy Program

Parents may contact City of Brantford Children’s Services by calling 519-759-4150 or emailing if they have any questions.

EarlyON Child and Family Programs

EarlyON Child and Family programs will be offered in accordance with provincial direction.  During the lock down period (province wide shutdown and Level Grey) as well as during Red Level status, EarlyON services will include virtual Parent and Child programs, virtual Parent Chats, telephone and email support and EarlyON Videos on the EarlyON You Tube Channel.  All programs will be posted on the EarlyON Calendar and on the EarlyOn Facebook page