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Children's services

Child care

Apply to the waitlist for a subsidy to help pay for your child care costs.

Child Care Fee Subsidies help a family with the cost of licensed child care.  The City of Ottawa prioritizes individuals that are in most need. Wait times for a fee subsidy will vary, based on spaces and funding.

Find the right child care for your family and learn about other helpful resources for parents.

Early learning

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EarlyON centres offer free, high-quality drop-in programs for families and children from birth to 6 years old. You can learn and play with your child, meet people and get advice from early childhood professionals.

Contact us

For more information about Children's Services in the City of Ottawa, please contact us by:

  • Email at or
  • Phone at 3-1-1 (select language and option "4" daycare) Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm