Early Years Support Services Registry
This is a resource for health, early learning and child care professionals in York Region who wish to refer a young child or their family for support services. It provides information about programs and services available including information regarding eligibility and referral.
|Resources for Inclusion Support in Early Learning Settings (R.I.S.E.)
Resources for Inclusion Support in Early Learning Settings (R.I.S.E.) includes a series of wraparound supports available to early learning and child care programs to support the inclusion of all children with varying abilities. R.I.S.E. includes training and other supports, such as coaching, to build the confidence of early learning and child care professionals as they support inclusive classrooms.
R.I.S.E. encompasses all services and supports available from York Region Children's Services, including:
R.I.S.E. services and supports can be accessed by making referrals to Inclusion Support Services. For questions about the R.I.S.E. program, please email @email
|Red Flags Guide
Red Flags is a quick reference tool to assist early years and health care professionals in knowing when and where to refer children from birth to six years of age for whom there are potential health, growth and development concerns. Red Flags will assist professionals in identifying when children could be at risk of not meeting their expected health outcomes or developmental milestones. It also includes other areas that may impact child health, growth and development due to the dynamics of parent-child interaction, such as maternal mental illness and abuse.
|Mental Health Crisis Supports
If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can contact one of York Region’s community crisis lines, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Many of the crisis-response services can be accessed via telephone, web chat, text, email and/or in-person. The mental health crisis supports listed offer immediate emergency telephone counselling, usually by mental health professionals and/or trained volunteers.
The Looksee Checklist by NDDS (formerly known as the Nippising District Development Screen) is a checklist providing a snapshot of a child's development until age six. It can help identify any areas where a child may need some extra help and activities to encourage development. Register children at Lookseechecklist.com for:
The kit is an easy-to-use checklist that allows parents and professionals to identify developmental issues and guide them to the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. It is a system for children six months to five years of age, the years most important to a child’s development, intervention and rehabilitation.
|Early Years Program Finder
This online tool allows parents and caregivers to search for licensed child care and EarlyON child and family programs in York Region.
The York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board have schools that have on-site before and after care programs operated by third party child care operators and licensed by the Ministry of Education, Quality Assurance licensing Unit. A complete list of school locations with child care centres and/or before and after care programs and the agencies who deliver the programs is provided on their websites.
|Child Care Consultation
Child care consultation service is a general consultation to support the needs of educators in planning and implementing strategies to support the needs of all children in their programs. This service provides professional development to educators around emotional, social, behavioural and self-regulation development and needs of children from birth to six years of age. To make a referral, child care supervisors must call central intake and advise the call is regarding child care consultation.
York Region’s Integrated Children’s Services supports children, families, child care providers and the community in providing high-quality services so children have the best start in life and grow to become part of strong communities.
Supports and services include:
|Positive Early Childhood Education
The Positive Early Childhood Education (PECE) program was created to support the needs of caregivers in early learning settings through intervention and prevention. The program combines previously used Triple P strategies that have proven effective within the family context, and some new strategies specific to implementation in early learning settings.