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Child care and online activities

City-operated child care - reopening July 6

Among the hundreds of licensed child care homes and centres in Ottawa, the City of Ottawa operates ten child care programs which are licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act:

Licensing reports for all centre-based licensed child care programs are available on the provincial licensed child care finder(link is external).

Municipal child care centres

The City of Ottawa will reopen all 10 Municipal child care centres on July 6. Provincial restrictions limit the number of children who can attend. Priority criteria was set to determine placements into limited spaces. Parents with active placements will be advised on placement status for July 6 reopening.

All licensed child care providers are required to follow new provincial operational guidance(link is external) PDF opens in a new tab or window. This guidance includes enhanced health and safety protocols, as well as the advice of local public health units, to ensure the safety of child care staff and children

  • 10 City-operated centres in a group setting for children 18 months to 5 years old
  • Open Monday to Friday
  • Services are available in English or French
  • Qualified staff provide educational programs with indoor and outdoor activities
  • Provide nutritious meals/snacks based on Healthy Eating and Active Living Guidelines from Ottawa Public Health
  • Help may be available to pay for child care costs

List of Municipal child care centres

To get more detailed information about a centre, contact a centre directly. To make an application to one of the centres, go to the online City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist.(link is external)
 

List of Municipal child care centres
Name of Centre Ages and language Hours Contact 
Borden Farm Child Care Centre 18 months to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
170 Chesterton Drive
613-224-1411
mccbordenfarm@ottawa.ca
Charmian Craven Child Care Centre 18 months to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
2071 Jasmine Crescent
613-746-9286
mccharmiancraven@ottawa.ca
Dr. E. Couture Child Care Centre 18 months to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
2185 Riverside Drive
613-731-2980
mccdrcouture@ottawa.ca
Elsie Stapleford Child Care Centre 2 ½ to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm

1000 Teron Road
613-592-5151
mccelsiestapleford@ottawa.ca

Esther By Child Care Centre 18 months to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
1550 Caldwell Avenue
613-729-3242
mccestherby@ottawa.ca
Foster Farm Child Care Centre 2 ½ to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
1056 Ramsey Crescent
613-829-8939
mccfosterfarm@ottawa.ca
Huron Early Learning Centre 18 months to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
24 Capilano Drive
613-224-4878
mcchuron@ottawa.ca
Centre éducatif Pinocchio 18 months to 5 years (French) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
111 Sussex Drive
613-789-1027
mccpinocchio@ottawa.ca
Centre éducatif Tournesol 18 months to 5 years (French) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
194 McArthur Road
613-745-2729
mcctournesol@ottawa.ca
St. Luke's Child Care Centre 18 months to 5 years (English) 7:30 am to 5:45 pm
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-234-3617
mccstlukes@ottawa.ca

Virtual EarlyON programs and resources for families

The EarlyON Child and Family Centres are working to ensure families in Ottawa have access to children’s programs and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are many virtual programs and resources for children from birth to age 6, their parents and caregivers. Here are some examples – check out the fact sheet (PDF opens in a new tab or window below) for a full list with all the details:

  • Online newsletters
  • Virtual Circle Time events
  • Virtual classes – cooking, dancing, story time, school readiness, yoga
  • Videos like science experiments
  • Art kits
  • Ideas for activities
  • Book reading
  • Virtual parenting support groups for new and expecting parents
  • Virtual parent workshops and education
  • Evening coffee chats
  • Access to basics for families in need
  • Telephone breastfeeding support or wellness calls
  • And more.

Fact sheet on EarlyON programs and resources PDF opens in a new tab or window [ 308 KB ]
Human Needs Task Force ملخص وقائع برامج EarlyON PDF opens in a new tab or window [ 223 KB ]
Human Needs Task Force ﻪﻣﺎﻧﺮﺑ ﺕﺎﻋﻼﻃﺍ ﻩگﺮﺑیﺎﻫ EarlyON PDF opens in a new tab or window [ 397 KB ]
Human Needs Task Force EarlyON 计划资讯 PDF opens in a new tab or window [ 433 KB ]
Human Needs Task Force EarlyON कार्यक्रमसम्बन्धी तथ्य सूची PDF opens in a new tab or window [ 200 KB ]
Human Needs Task Force Xaqiiqda Xaanshida ee Barnaamijyada EarlyON PDF opens in a new tab or window [ 188 KB ]
Human Needs Task Force Hoja informativa sobre programas EarlyON PDF opens in a new tab or window [ 957 KB ]

Francophone and Indigenous EarlyON programming is also available to support these communities .

Most EarlyON programming is now available virtually so families can contact any EarlyON centre regardless of where they live.

Stay connected with your child(ren)’s school

Schools are closed, but teachers are providing learning through the internet and by phone. Schools are offering many different resources to help children keep up with their education. Remember to check in with your child(ren)’s school at least once before the end of the school year.

You can call the school and leave a message on the answering machine. If you have email, you can send an email to the school principal. Email addresses are on the homepage of your child(ren)'s school's website. Or, you can contact the Human Needs Task Force at HNTF@ottawa.ca and tell them you need help reaching the school. We will help you connect with them.

Online educational supports fact sheet PDF opens in new tab or window.