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In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, County of Wellington Social Services offices are closed to the public until further notice.  Children’s Early Years will continue to provide service over the phone, by mail and through electronic communication.  Please see below for service options.

Dropping off a document?
Please use the drop off boxes located on the exterior of our office buildings at 129 or 138 Wyndham Street, Guelph.

Child Care Subsidy
Help for families to pay for licensed child care for children is available for families who are financially eligible and have an approved reason for service. For more information visit our Child Care Fee Subsidy page.
To apply call 519.837.3620 x3090
Although our office is closed to the public, staff continue to be available to assist via phone and other electronic formats.

Need information on EarlyON Centres?
Please contact: Roger Gilbert, Manager of Children's Early Years Operations by email at: rogerg@wellington.ca or by phone at or by phone at 519.837.3620 Ext 3844

For all other inquiries, please contact:
Luisa Artuso, Director of Children’s Early Years Division, please email luisaa@wellington.ca or by phone at 519.837.3620 Ext. 3970

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Children's Early Years is a division of the Social Services department with the Corporation of the County of Wellington. We are one of 47 Consolidated Municipal Service Managers/District Social Services Administrative Boards in Ontario that are contracted by the Ministry of Education to plan and manage the early years system. The early years system includes licensed child care and child and family support programmes. 

The Children's Early Years Division is responsible for preparing Child Care and Early Years service plans for our service delivery area (Wellington and Guelph). These planning documents provide an overview of the existing child care and early years services and describe our plans for improvements to the system. The 2015-2018 Child Care plan includes how we are transitioning licensed child care into a high quality early learning and child care system. 

We also lead the Birth to Six Planning Working Group to plan and manage child and family support systems which became part of our services as of January 2018.

The Children's Early Years Division produces many related documents that support our service plans

Early years operators meetings

The Children's Early Years Division holds a meeting for all early years service providers within the wellington service delivery area. These meetings include updates on the early years system and funding. There are also updates from the Ministry of Education.

All early years service providers in Wellington County and in Guelph are welcome to come to the meetings.


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