JACOB HESPELER CHILD CARE CENTRE

  • Established in 1986.
  • Non-Profit charitable organization able to issue tax receipts for donations.
  • Operates ten high quality innovative child care programs in Waterloo Region serving children and their families.
  • Provides services for children from Infant to 12 years of age on a full time and/or part time basis.
  • Our new location in South West Kitchener, Janet Metcalfe Child Care Centre, is now open and offering Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Before and After School Care along with PD Days and Summer Programming.
  • Two of our current locations will be expanding in the next 2 years to offer Infant care as well as additional Toddler and Preschool spaces. 

Site Locations:

  1. Jacob Hespeler Child Care Centre - Cambridge (located in Centennial Public School)
  2. Woodland Park Child Care Centre - Cambridge (located in Woodland Park Public School)
  3. Westvale Child Care Centre - Waterloo (located in Westvale Public School)
  4. Saginaw Child Care Centre - Cambridge (located at Saginaw Public School)
  5. Lackner Woods Child Care Centre - Kitchener (located at Lackner Wood Public School)
  6. Millen Woods Child Care Centre – Waterloo (located in Millen Woods Public School)
  7. Hillcrest PS Site ~ Youth Development Program – Cambridge (located in Hillcrest Public School)
  8. Hespeler PS Site ~ Youth Development Program – Cambridge (located in Hespeler Public School)
  9. Lexington PS Site ~ Youth Development Program - Waterloo (located in Lexington Public School)
  10. Janet Metcalfe Child Care Centre - Kitchener (Located in Janet Metcalfe Public School)
  • Run by a voluntary Board of Directors made up of parent, community and school board representatives.
  • Licensed by the Ministry of Education.
  • Operates under the strict guidelines of the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Education

Current operating funding sources:  

  • 82.88% parent fees
  • 17% Regional Grants
  • .12% donations 


  • Provides child care space for all children including those from lower socioeconomic circumstances ~ fees are subsidized by the Region of Waterloo.


  • Our philosophy is inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, which are considered by many experts as the best child care system in the world.


  • Curriculum is child centered and inquiry based. Educators ask questions; discover children's ideas, hypotheses and theories and provide enriching opportunities for discovery and learning.


  • Professional staff are warm and nurturing Registered Early Childhood Educators who are committed to life long learning.

“All of the staff are fantastic and very responsive to questions and needs” --- Parent Survey 2013