Early Years Services
The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) is the Service System Manager for all Early Learning and Care Programs throughout the Kenora District.
The KDSB is also a direct service provider of Early Learning and Child Care in the communities of Dryden and Pickle Lake.
Services include: Licensed Child Care Programs and EarlyON Child and Family Centres. The KDSB believes that a supportive foundation for children and youth encourages an increase in well-being for the District.
All Early Learning and Care Programs (ELC) provides play-based learning environments that are:
- Supportive of children and their families need
KDSB’s Early Years Services:
Licensed Child Care and Early Learning Programs
EarlyON Child and Family Centres
Early Learning and Care Fee Subsidy
Special Needs Resourcing
Assistance for Recreational Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some things to look for when selecting child care:
- Are staff highly-skilled?
- Are there appropriate adult-to-child-ratios?
- Is programming age-appropriate and engaging?
- Are there systems in place that protect a child’s health and safety?
- Are children accepted no matter what their ability or culture?
- Are there opportunities for positive social, physical, cognitive, cultural and artistic experiences and learning?
These are just a few things to look for when selecting high-quality child care. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact our Early Years team.
2. I am expecting a child soon and will require child care. When should I contact a child care centre?
Contact a child care centre now to be placed on a waitlist. For a complete list of licensed child care centres in the Kenora District, see our Licensed Child Care Programs web page.
In Ontario, Child Care Centres are licensed by the Ministry of Education. For more information on choosing quality child care please visit the Government of Ontario’s: Find and Pay for Child Care web page.
Families should inquire at their local child care centre regarding availability of spaces to be placed on a waitlist. You should apply for subsidy once you have a secured a space. For a complete list of licensed child care centres in the Kenora District, please see the Licensed Child Care and Learning Programs web page.
Eligibility is determined using a provincially mandated income test. Please see Early Learning and Care (ELC) Fee Subsidy
In order to be eligible for an ELC fee subsidy both the applicant and co-applicant (if applicable) must be working or attending school unless other circumstances apply. Please see Early Learning and Care (ELC) Fee Subsidy period.
The amount that you pay for child care will be calculated using the information on Line 236 on your most recent Notice of Assessment/Reassessment and the amount of any Universal Child Care Benefit (if applicable). Depending on family circumstances, additional information may be needed.
For resources available please see Special Needs Resourcing.