Child Care

Find out if you qualify for child care assistance in Northumberland County and learn more about what child care options are available.

Child care fee subsidy

A child care fee subsidy helps by paying some or all of the cost of child care to the child care provider.

You may qualify if:

  • You are working
  • You are going to school
  • You have a child with special needs

To find out if you qualify, contact 905-372-6846 or 1-800-354-7050 ext. 2001.

Ontario Works child care assistance

If you receive Ontario Works, you may qualify for fee subsidy assistance. To learn more, please contact your caseworker directly.

Child care options in Northumberland

Licensed child care centres 

Township of Alnwick/Haldimand 

Grafton YMCA Child Care*

718 Station Road, Grafton

Roseneath Centennial YMCA Child Care*

9047 45, Roseneath, ON K0K 2X0

Municipality of Brighton

Brighton Children's Centre*

24 Elizabeth Street, Brighton

Spring Valley YMCA Child Care*

212 Country Road 26, RR 7, Brighton

Town of Cobourg 

Burnham YMCA Child Care*

614 Burnham Street, Cobourg

Cobourg Day Care*

325 Alexandria Drive, Cobourg

Cobourg YMCA Child Care*

339 Elgin Street, Cobourg

Compass Early Learning and Care, Cobourg*

1333 Ontario Street, Cobourg

CR Gummow YMCA Child Care*

311 Cottesmore Avenue, Cobourg

Merwin Greer YMCA Child Care*

457 King Street East, Cobourg

St. Joseph's YMCA Child Care*

919 D'Arcy Street North, Cobourg

Terry Fox YMCA Child Care*

1065 Riddell Avenue, Cobourg

Victoria Park Child Care Centre*

172 Queen Street, Cobourg

Watch Me Grow*

4581 County Road 45, Cobourg

Township of Cramahe

Colborne YMCA Child Care*

8 Alfred St, Colborne, ON K0K 1S0 

Northumberland Hills YMCA Child Care*

2246 Spring Street, Castleton

Township of Hamilton 

Baltimore YMCA Child Care*

9320 Burwash Road, Baltimore

Camborne YMCA Child Care*

3546 Kennedy Road, RR 4, Cobourg

Plainville YMCA Child Care*

4877 Burnham Street North, Gores Landing

Municipality of Port Hope 

Beatrice Strong YMCA Child Care*

90 Rose Glen Road, Port Hope

Ganaraska Child Care Centre*

(Port Hope High School)
130 Highland Drive, Port Hope


155 Toronto Road, Port Hope 


North Hope YMCA Child Care*

3278 Ganaraska Road, RR 1, Campbellcroft

St. Anthony's YMCA Child Care*

74 Toronto Road, Port Hope

Sunshine Heights Co-operative Day Care*

40 Ward Street, Port Hope

Municipality of Trent Hills

Compass Early Learning and Care-Beehive*

35 Centre Street, Campbellford

Compass Early Learning and Care-Hillcrest*

55 Elmore Street, Campbellford

Hastings YMCA Child Care*

25 Albert Street, Hastings

Kent YMCA Child Care*

150 Kent Street, Campbellford

Percy Centennial YMCA Child Care*

129 Church Street, Warkworth

Home child care agencies 

Compass Early Learning and Care*

533 Bonaccord St. Peterborough, ON 

Wee Watch Northumberland*

113 Park Street South, Peterborough

Nursery school programs 

Junior Set Nursery School*

326 Ball Street, Cobourg

St. Peter’s Pre-School Learning Centre*

240 College Street, Cobourg

Approved recreational programs

YMCA Northumberland*

339 Elgin Street, West, Cobourg

170 Main Street, Brighton

Special needs resource programs

Five Counties Children's Centre*

700 D'Arcy Street, Unit 3, Cobourg

Licensed first nations programs 

Alderville First Nation Day Care*

8913B County Road 45, Roseneath

* Enrolled in Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) program.

Expanding Child Care in Northumberland

Under the Access and Inclusion Framework, the Ministry of Education developed a model to allocate funding for new spaces for children aged 0-5 across Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs)/District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs). The Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) System focuses on working toward a common provincial access ratio of 37%. 

The model is based on available data and incorporates:

  • existing child care capacity
  • demographics
  • socioeconomic indicators
  • official language minorities
  • capacity for growth

Northumberland's framework

The Ministry of Education has allocated 404 spaces to be created in Northumberland County. The Ministry’s goal is to have 37% access to licensed child care across the province.

Northumberland County has developed a framework to determine where to prioritize the 404 targeted growth spaces. The framework used existing child care capacity, demand for child care, demographic information, projected growth, and socioeconomic factors to rank each municipality. The rankings for each factor were combined to determine where to prioritized new child care spaces.

The neighbourhood rankings, from highest to lowest priority, are:

  1. Cobourg
  2. Trent Hills 
  3. Port Hope
  4. Brighton 
  5. Alnwick/Haldimand
  6. Cramahe
  7. Hamilton

Child care operators: Apply to join CWELCC

If you are a new child care operator in Northumberland County and would like to apply to be considered to be part of the CWELCC program, please email us to receive additional information and an application.