Child Care Programs

All child care programs in the SCDSB are operated by non-profit, established community child care operators. Child care programs located in schools are licensed by the Ministry of Education, Child-Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Unit, to ensure compliance with regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and other applicable Acts governing the operation of licensed child-care.

There are two types of child care programs operating in SCDSB schools:

Child care centres operate in exclusive-use space within school facilities during the school day, under a lease agreement with the SCDSB. These high-quality early learning programs provide care for children from birth to school entry.

Before and after school programs (B&A) operate in schools where there is an identified need for the service by families, in shared spaces within school classrooms provided by third-party child care operators. These high-quality programs provide care for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 before and/or after regular school day hours and in some locations, on Professional Activity (PA) days, Winter Break, March Break and summer holidays. 

Check out the videos below to learn more about our partnerships with licensed child care operators, and to view an example of a before and after school program in the SCDSB!



2023-24 school year



Please contact the child care organization that is listed as the operator in your school to register for the program directly. Please refer to links above.

Registration information will be available in the office of your child's school; however, completed registration packages will only be processed by the child care operator.

Your child's space in the program for the following September will be considered a priority if completed registration forms have been submitted by June 30 of the preceding school year. Families wishing to register after June 30 for the following school year may be subject to a wait list. 



Hours of operation vary based on the needs of families in each school; child care operators will confirm hours in June of the preceding year. Contact the operator directly to confirm B&A program hours at each school. 



All B&A programs are offered on a fee-for-service basis. Fees are the same in all programs.

2023-24 daily fees

*Fees are under review, following the release of the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care Plan and are subject to change. 
Notice will be posted in the event of a change to the fees.

Kindergarten program:

Before and After School Fee: $12
Before School Only Fee: $12
After School Only Fee: $12
PA Day, Holiday Fee: $19.37 


Primary/Junior program:
Before and After School Fee: $25.10
Before School Only Fee: $16.60
After School Only Fee: $17.70
PA Day, Holiday Fee: $47.05 


Child care fee subsidy


The County of Simcoe’s Children and Community Services Department provides Child Care Fee Assistance to eligible families within the County of Simcoe including the Cities of Barrie and Orillia. Parents/guardians must be working, attending school or fulfilling a participation agreement with Ontario Works to qualify.

How do I apply for child care fee assistance?

Residents interested in applying for Child Care Fee Assistance may call the Children and Community Services Department and speak with the Intake Screening Unit, at 705-722-3132 or 905-729-4514.

A helpful external link for locating child care centres is: There is also an interactive map to locate child care centres in Simcoe County.

Demand and viability are two components that are considered when opening or expanding a before and after school program. School boards work in collaboration with the local municipalities/districts in their roles as consolidated municipal service managers (CMSM), and district social service administration boards (DSSAB) also consult with child care operators to determine demand and viability of expanding existing programs and/or offering a new before and after school program. This means that the numbers are viable for a third-party child care operator to provide a program and that there is a third-party child care operator able to provide a program. 
Additional child care programs and locations can be found at Child Care in Simcoe County .There is also an interactive map to locate child care centres in Simcoe County. 
For general child care enquiries, contact Service Simcoe:
Tel: 705-735-6901 
Toll Free: 1-800-263-3199 
Email: [email protected] 

Please contact our Early Years and Child Care Coordinator at 705-734-6363 ext. 11297 if you have any questions.