Early Learning and Child Care Navigators - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Early Learning and Child Care Navigators

Are you a Parent?

Here is how an Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Navigator can support families with young children:

As one of the first points of contact for children and families attempting to access a variety of early learning and childcare programs, ELCC Navigators help by:

  • Sharing information about licensed child care in Waterloo Region
  • Providing information on child care subsidies and assisting families to apply for subsidy online
  • Assisting families to apply for child care on the centralized registry (OneList Waterloo Region)
  • Providing information and supporting with access to other resources, including, but not limited to special needs resourcing support, EarlyON Child and Family Centres, Public Health and other community services

ELCC Navigators will meet families where they are. We can meet with families in their neighbourhood, at community centres, libraries, while accessing other services, over the phone, or by email. ELCC Navigators will connect as it makes sense to a family.


Do you have a question unrelated to Child Care?

Call 519-741-8585 ext 3008 and ask to speak with a YMCA Community Connector. The role of a Community Connector is to share information about resources available in Waterloo Region that supports the healthy development of children and their families. You can also reach our Community Connector via email.

Are you a Service Provider?

Here is why the ELCC Navigator role exists:

These roles, funded by the Region of Waterloo Community Services, have been developed in response to our greater community’s need to improve equitable access within Early Learning and Child Care services for Black, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+, and other equity seeking populations.

How can an ELCC Navigator support your staff?

ELCC Navigators can help build capacity in your staff by sharing resource information, knowledge, and expertise about child development, inclusion, adult interaction, child care system navigation, and more.

How can you connect with an ELCC Navigator?

By Email

By Phone

  • Call 519-741-8585 ext 3008 and ask to speak with an ELCC Navigator

By Online Contact Form

Funding for ELCC Navigators provided by:

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