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Child Care and Early Learning Professionals

The Kawartha Lakes Children's Services division is committed to providing and promoting licensed child care services that enhance opportunities for early childhood development. The following information is for licensed child care service providers operating within Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton.

Wage Enhancement Grant and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant

The application deadline for the Wage Enhancement/Home Child Care Enhancement Grant is February 26, 2021.

2021 Application Process:

The Children’s Services Division, as the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager, is the administrator of Provincial Wage Enhancement for all licensed child care in the City of Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton.

In 2021, operators will need to apply to receive the full Wage Enhancement Grant (WEG) entitlement of up to $2 per hour plus 17.5% benefits, or up to $20 per day for the Home Child Care Enhancement (HCCEG). If an operator applied in 2020, they will need to apply again in 2021 for all positions or providers that would be eligible for WEG/HCCEG.

Operators should enter the estimated total hours to be worked in 2021 for each eligible position, including overtime hours. Please note the base hourly wage rate or home child care provider fees entered in the application form should exclude the previous year’s WEG/HCCEG amount.

Information on eligible positions/providers and hours/days in 2021 will be gathered through the application process administered by Children’s Services. The information gathered on the application forms will be used to determine an operator’s funding entitlement for 2021. WEG/HCCEG payment to staff and providers will be made based on 2021 time in program.

Operators are encouraged to read the ‘Instructions’ tab within the application file prior to completing the WEG/HCCEG form.

There is important information included related to eligibility and how to complete the application form.

The application will remain posted to the City of Kawartha Lakes website for a period of one month, with a closing date of February 26, 2021. Any operator that has not submitted an application for the WEG/HCCEG by the deadline date will not be allocated WEG/HCCEG funding in 2021. Operators who miss the application deadline may apply for funding in 2022.

Operators must complete one application per child care centre/site and submit the application. The application is formatted as an excel workbook and must be submitted electronically to: Aaron Mulcaster,


Must be submitted no later than February 26, 2021.

More Information:


Need Assistance?

The City is responsible for investigating all complaints pertaining to the use of funding by contracted licensed Child Care Agencies. Complaints will be handled on a case by case basis.

Further information on WEG/HCCEG and this application process should be directed to Aaron Mulcaster at 705-324-9870 ext. 3258 or

General operating funding

General operating funding supports the costs of operating licensed child care programs in order to reduce wait times and fees for services, stabilize service levels and improve access to high quality affordable learning and child care services for children and their families.

For information about all available funding and fee subsidy procedures, consult the Operating Guidelines and Procedures for Service Providers.

If you are expanding your program to serve additional age groups, adding new sites or applying for a Purchase of Service Agreement with Kawartha Lakes, contact the Children's Services Program Supervisor by calling 705-324-9870 extension 3254.

At this time there is a temporary suspension on all new Purchase and Service Agreements and program expansion with licensed child care program

Starting and Opening a Licensed Child Care Centre

Prospective child care operators can visit the Ministry of Education website to:

For information about providing licensed child care in your home, contact Compass Early Learning and Care or Wee Watch Private Home Child Care.

Special Needs Resourcing Program

The Ministry of Education, through Kawartha Lakes, provides funding for special needs programs.

Kawartha Lakes promotes an inclusive child care model by supporting a range of service options for families. The Special Needs Resourcing Program provides services and supports to licensed child care, authorized recreation programs and licensed home child care.

Licensed child care programs may apply for funding for additional staffing to make it possible for children (infants through 12 years of age) with special needs to be included in childcare programs. Funding is provided based on availability and eligibility.

For a full listing of support services for children and families visit the Ontario 211 website.

Early Learning Quality Initiative

The Early Learning Quality Initiative promotes professional development and high quality in early learning programs within Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton.

Child care and Early Learning Professional resources

We know that professional learning and development strengthens and supports early learning professionals in their daily interactions with children and families.



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