Child Care

Many families benefit from child care and family support services located within our school buildings.  And, while each location may offer different programs, all are designed to provide children and their families with an opportunity to learn and grow, providing a more convenient approach to school and child care, with fewer transitions for children and families.

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

New Child Care Centre at John M. James PS

people cutting ribbon

We are pleased to announce the official opening of a new Child Care Centre at John M James Public School.

The program provides 24 pre-schooler spaces for the community. With these new licensed child care spaces, children in Bowmanville will have the opportunity to transition from child care into full-day Kindergarten at the same location.

The construction of these child care spaces was funded by the Ministry of Education’s Schools First Child Care Capital Retrofit dollars. This funding was provided to school boards to convert surplus school space into child care rooms.

The YMCA of GTA is operating the new program at John M James, and also offers before and after-school care for school-age children at the school.

Local MPP Granville Anderson, attended the official opening, and confirmed that this project is part of the Ministry of Education’s commitment to creating 100,000 child care spaces for communities across the province.

“This project is the result of our strong partnerships with Durham Region, the YMCA of GTA and the Ministry of Education. We are pleased to be able to offer these new licensed spaces at John M James, to support positive transitions for students and families,” says Cathy Abraham, Chairperson of the Board.

“Having child care centres in our schools is one way in which we can support the overall success of our communities,” says W.R. (Rusty) Hick, Director of Education. “We know that early years programming is critical to the future success of children, and we look forward to welcoming young children into our schools and having them stay with us for their educational journey.”

For more information on the child care program, or to register, please contact the YMCA GTA at 

Full Day Child Care Centres

The following schools have full service, all day child care centres located on site, run by licensed, not-for-profit child care agencies.   Fees for service are set by the agency, with subsidies available by application to the local municipality.     

The following schools sites have full-service child care programs: 

Extended Day Programs and Before & After School Child Care

An integrated extended day program* for kindergarten students (with co-curricular activities), as well as before and after school child care programs for students aged 6-12 provides a seamless day from school to child care, with fewer transitions for children and families. Typically, programs are offered from 7:00 a.m. to morning bell, and from afternoon bell  to 6:00 p.m. (although the exact time for these programs may vary at each school). Parents may choose to enrol their child, for a fee, in the before-school program, the after-school program or both.  Subsidies are available to some families, based on financial need. The process is similar to applying for other child care subsidies.  Child care agencies may provide child care programs on non-instructional days (PA day, school holidays) if there is sufficient need.  At all school sites, these programs are offered by licensed, not-for-profit child care agencies.

Before & After & Extended Day programs are located within the school, in shared spaces, typically within kindergarten classrooms (for jk/sk age children) and/or in gyms and libraries for 6-12 year olds, and with daily access to outside play areas. Each school arrangement is unique to meet the needs of the school and the childcare provider.

The following schools have on-site extended day and/or before and after school child care programs:

* Registered early childhood educators are responsible for the extended day programs for full day kindergarten children. They plan a play-based program that is connected to the learning that will happen during the regular school day. The program includes a mix of exploration, guided and independent activities, quiet times and outdoor play.

Child and Family Hubs

These centres offer a variety of family services, including pre- and post-natal supports, parenting resources and programs, play groups, and links to other community resources.  Located within schools, they are community spaces where a range of organizations can come together to provide coordinated programs and supports to families.   Visit these links for information about the programs being offered at each school location.  While some programs require registration, many are offered on a drop-in basis.  

For more information on child care and family services located within KPRDSB schools, please contact:

Brooke Erickson, Community Outreach Officer, (705)742-9773 ext. 2051, 1-877-741-4577 or email