Early Years and Child Care Services

Child Care Affordability Plan

Notice: EarlyON Child & Family Centres

Effective Monday, November 23, 2020 all indoor EarlyON Child and Family Centres will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED as a result of Hamilton moving into the “Control” - Red category within the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. This closure will be in place until January 1, 2021 and will be re-assessed at that time. 

Outdoor and virtual programming will continued to be offered during this closure period.

Licensed child care just got more affordable in Hamilton. The Child Care Affordability Plan is an initiative of the City of Hamilton funded by the Provincial Government to reduce the cost of child care for families.  

This initiative will reduce the rates for children 0-4 years of age (until eligible to start JK) to attend licensed centre based child care for a full day by $10 per day. The intent of this initiative is to reduce the cost of child care for families that do not qualify for child care fee subsidy. Families eligible for child care fee subsidy will continue to pay child care fees based on their income.

Ongoing sustainability of this initiative will be dependent on the Ministry of Education’s funding to the City of Hamilton. Therefore families should be aware that the reduction in child care rates will be discontinued at the end of this initiative. Child care centres will be provided reasonable notice of when the initiative will end so that families can be informed and plan accordingly. Currently this initiative has been extended to December 31, 2020.

How do I know if my child care centre qualifies?

  • Licensed centre based child care centres are eligible for child care spaces for children 0-4 years
  • The child care centre must have a funding agreement and Schedule “A” with the City of Hamilton;
  • The child care centre must operate a minimum of nine hours per day;
  • Families must sign a funding acknowledgement letter with their child care centre.

For more information speak to your child care centre.