Licensed early learning and child care centres provide care and early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers, as well as pre-school and school-aged children.
They include nursery schools, full-day child care, and before-and-after-school programs.
Licensed early learning and child care centres are monitored by the Ministry of Education to ensure that they are meeting specific provincial health and safety standards.
Benefits of Licensed Early Learning and Child Care
- Government-regulated and inspected
- Children are with other children their age
- Staff members include professionals with training in early childhood education
- The centre has to meet certain standards of care
- Activities are designed for children at different stages of development
- A child care fee subsidy may be available (link to Get Assistance with Child Care Fees page)
Find an Early Learning and Child Care Centre located near you:
Atikokan – Rainbow Centre
Fort Frances – Fort Frances Day Care, Fort Frances Nursery School & Zaagi-idiwin Aboriginal Head Start
Devlin – Country View Child Care Centre
Rainy River – Learn, Laugh and Play Children’s Centre
The team at Rainbow Centre is committed to providing quality child care for children ages 0-12. We follow the lead of children and program according to their developmental level, their needs and interests. We use the How Does Learning Happen? pedagogy to guide our program goals.
Ages of Care Provided: 0-12 years
Supervisor: Kristi Langner
Address: 25 Rawn Road, Box 748 Atikokan, ON P0T 1C0
Hours: Monday – Friday (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Accommodations can be made for 7:00 a.m. drop-off and 6:00 p.m. pick-ups
Phone: (807) 597-4517
The Fort Frances Day Care Centre is a licensed integrated child care centre providing a warm and loving atmosphere to help all children grow together.
Children learn through play experience. The children are encouraged to choose their own activities and to use them to their fullest benefit with the guidance of the educators. We provide indoor and outdoor unstructured time where equipment lends itself to the child’s learning process.
We follow the emergent curriculum model, where children learn through hands on playing. The children’s interest and imagination create a place where learning happens naturally.
Ages of Care Provided: 12 months – 12 years
Supervisor: Shawna McRitchie
Address: 1150 Portage Avenue North
Hours: Monday - Friday (7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Robert Moore Site:
Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
J.W. Walker Site:
Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
St. Michael’s Site:
Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Phone: (807) 274-5457
The Nursery School is an early learning half-day program that follows the child’s lead and develops curriculum that stimulates their interests and helps develop skills that aid in the preparation for school readiness. This is presented in the form of “play” - the developmentally appropriate avenue through which preschool children learn.
We offer high quality experiences that lead to positive outcomes in relation to children’s learning, development, health and well-being. We support the view that children are competent, capable, curious, and rich in potential and encourage the children to interact and communicate in a positive way and support their ability to self-regulate.
Ages of Care Provided: 18 months to 6 years
Supervisor: Laurel Basaraba
Address: 340 Church Street
Hours: Monday - Thursday from September to June, Morning and Afternoon Programs
Phone: (807) 274-5653
The Zaagi-idiwin Aboriginal Head Start is dedicated to providing comprehensive early learning experiences for Aboriginal children in a licensed Early Learning Program. Our program focuses on school-readiness with strong Aboriginal culture and language influences.
Our program and curriculum are based on six specific components: 1) Culture and Language; 2) Education; 3) Nutrition; 4) Health; 5) Parental Involvement; and 6) Social Supports.
We recognize that children are our most valuable resource, as they are the future generations. The Program is based on caring, creativity, and pride, which flows from the knowledge and traditional community beliefs, all within a safe, nurturing, and holistic environment.
Ages of Care Provided: 2.5 to 5 years
Supervisor: Angela Siemens
Address: 308 Butler Avenue
Hours: Monday – Thursday from September to June (8:20 a.m.- 3:20 p.m.)
Phone: (807) 274-7244
Country View Child Care Centre is a licensed child care centre located in Devlin at Crossroads School. We provide our children with a safe, caring and nurturing environment, with many fun and exciting age- appropriate learning activities each day.
Ages of Care Provided: 12 months to 12 years
Supervisor: Alicia Gattoni
Address: 185 Highway 613 North (Crossroads Elementary School)
Hours: Monday – Friday (7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.)
Phone: (807) 486-1264
Children are competent, capable and rich in potential. Here at Learn, Laugh and Play Children’s Centre we seek to capitalize on these strengths that are inherent in every child. We want to encourage growth in all domains of the children’s development (social, emotional, physical and intellectual) by creating an environment where children feel a sense of belonging and well-being.
Supervisor: Lisa Barrett
Address: 310 Government Road
Hours: Monday - Friday (7:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.)
Phone: (807) 852-3362 Ext. 1