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Child Care

We know that parents often rely on before and after school care for their children.

A variety of child care programs are offered in our schools. These programs range from Extended Day Programs for Kindergarten students, Before and After School Programs for 6 -12 years olds, and Full Day programs offered in childcare centres. The programs are operated by quality licensed not-for-profit child care organizations. Availability of before-and after-school programs depends on whether there is sufficient demand and viability for a program. The hours, costs, and services provided at each site vary.

What is a before and after school program?

At PVNCCDSB, before and after school programs in schools (extended day program) provide children with more opportunities to learn and grow during a seamless day with fewer transitions for children and families. Programs provide snacks, academic assistance, arts and cultural activities, active play, creative pursuits, and personal health and wellness education. Offered learning opportunities align with the principles set out under the professional learning resource guide, “How Does Learning Happen?” Before and after school programs typically run from 7am until school commences, and from dismissal time until 6pm. Some locations offer full-day child care.

For general information about child care options in Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Education’s website:

Please see this document for full details of programs in our schools.

These centers are located in schools and offer a variety of family services that are free. Pre and post natal, parenting resources and programs, toy lending library, playgroups, and links with other community services. Visit the following links to access the site specific community calendar:

  • St. John Catholic Elementary School, Peterborough
  • St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, Cobourg

Fees and Financial help

Before and after school programs are funded by parent fees. Families who require financial help, can apply for a child care fee subsidy. Find details on eligibility for this assistance by calling one of the following office locations in year area:

Northumberland County Community Social Services
555 Courthouse Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 5J6
Tel: 905-372-6846
Toll Free: 1-800-354-7051
Fax: 905-372-6701

Durham Region Social Services Children’s Services
The Regional Municipality of Durham
605 Rossland Road East, Level 1
Po Box 623
Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A3
Tel: 905-666-6238
Fax: 905-666-6220

City of Kawartha Lakes Social Services
322 Kent St W
Lindsay, ON K9V 4S7
Tel:: 1-877-324-9870
Fax: 705-328-2875

City of Peterborough Social Services
178 Charlotte Street, in the Charlotte Mews
PO Box 4138
Peterborough, ON K9J 8S1
T: (705) 748 – 8830 ext 3226
Toll-free: 1 (855) 738 – 3755
Fax: (705) 742 – 0542

For more information, please contact PVNCCDSB Early Years and Child Care Programs Supervisor at 705-748-4861 ext 220.