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Preschool Support Services

Preschool Support Services provides services to parents and caregivers of children in (or about to enter) licensed child care settings.  This is where you can find the information you need, from learning about quality child care or child development, to learning ways to help your child deal with specific concerns.  This Program also provides a link to services and supports for young children when parents or caregivers identify concerns about the child’s development through our Special Needs Access Point (SNAP) at 519-741-0076.

We work together with parents and caregivers in licensed child care programs to guide and support a child’s social, emotional and behavioural development. To reach Preschool Support Services, call 519-741-1122.

Along with our core programming, Preschool Support Services also provides the following initiatives:

Resource Centre

Information is available in ways that work best for you. We have books and videos in the Resource Centre (located upstairs in the Front Door Offices), and we also offer workshops and meetings with a skilled professional.  The Resource Centre is open Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Wednesdays 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.  Come and visit us.

To download a copy of our Resource Centre Application and to view our borrowing procedures, click here.

Special Needs Access Point

The Special Needs Access Point (SNAP) is the single point of access to special needs services for children, birth to age six, attending or planning to attend licensed child care programs in Waterloo Region.  SNAP takes referrals from child care programs, community agencies and parents who have a concern about their child’s development, and then links families to the most appropriate resource, support or service. kidsLINK is the host agency for SNAP and is one of seven partners in the Childcare Special Needs Resourcing Partnership.

To make a referral or to get further information about eligibility, contact the SNAP co-ordinator by telephone at 519-741-0076 or e-mail snap@kidsLINKcares.com.

Child Care Special Needs Resourcing Partnership

kidsLINK is one of seven community agencies funded by the Region of Waterloo Children’s Services Division to provide supports for children with special needs to attend licensed child care settings in Waterloo Region. These seven agencies form the Child Care Special Needs Resourcing Partnership and include:

Community Living Cambridge-Preschool Services
Developmental Services Access Centre-Preschool Assessment Services
Elmira & District Association for Community Living-Preschool Services
Family and Children’s Services-Preschool Support Program
KidsAbility-SPOT and ECE Outreach Services
kidsLINK-Preschool Support Services
K-W Habilitation Services-Preschool Outreach.

The partnership creates and supports the capacity of licensed child care programs to identify and meet the needs of children with special needs. Our vision is to have all children and their families participating in quality, inclusive child care services.

Tools for Life®: Relationship-building Solutions

Tools for Life® is a resource for child care teachers with an accompanying kit that is fun and highly interactive. The program progressively develops more sophisticated skills in the areas of self-understanding, self-management, interpersonal communication, and relationship problem-solving. Through the use of common language and consistent strategies to build a positive child care culture, Tools for Life® provides foundations for character development, conflict resolution, peacemaking, and bullying prevention.