About Children Services

Children’s Services supports a child care system that is affordable, accessible and accountable. 

We support families, children and licensed child care programs by providing:

 Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan

The City of Cornwall manages child care for Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry. The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, governs our work.  We have to establish a service system plan under the Act.

Service managers play a critical role:

  • they maintain in-depth knowledge about the community's needs,
  • they plan and manage the system,
  • they identify and address service gaps,
  • they support service coordination

Our five-year service system plan serves Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.

This is a strategic plan that identifies local priorities. It was developed in partnership with members of the local Early Years Planning Table. You can find it by clicking below.

Child Care Directed Growth Plan 2022-2026
Ontario's Child Care Vision
  • Child care is foundational to supporting early childhood development, learning, well-being and student success. It is a key enabler of workforce participation, particularly for women, both as parents and providers.
  • Ontario has developed an Action Plan with five key pillars to achieve this vision: 

  1. Affordability: Reduce parent fees for children aged 0-5 to achieve $10/day average fees. 
  2. Quality: Increase number of RECEs to 60% of workforce & implement wage minimums.
  3. Access: 86,000 new child care spaces created in high need areas by December 2026. 
  4. Inclusion: Ensure affordable spaces and access to child care for priority populations, including low income, vulnerable children, Francophone, Indigenous, and other diverse communities. 
  5. Data and Reporting: Support successful implementation through data and reporting.

Child Care Directed growth Plan 2022-2026


The early years are important and have a long-lasting impact on a child's future. You can find more information on a variety of early years subjects by clicking on the resources below.

  1. Types of Child Care
  2. Search for licensed child care
  3. Common questions to ask a child care provider
  4. How to prepare your child for child care
  5. Coping with Separation Anxiety
  6. Returning to Work After Baby
  7. Child Care Rules in Ontario
  8. Child Development and Early Years Programs
  9. Make a child care complaint
  10. How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years
  11. College of Early Childhood Educators
  12. CHEO

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Child Care Division
340 Pitt Street, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9

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