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Who We Are

Fostering a culture of well-being and

Our Beginning

Upper Canada Child Care is the direct result of a working mom who envisioned better quality childcare options for families.

Josie Harlow (Seneca Alumni Award Winner, ECE graduate) opened Fenside Children’s Centre in 1983 with her husband John and established their brand of professional childcare.



UCCC has evolved into more than 80 non-profit childcare centres, offering full-day childcare, before and after school programs, summer camps, and most recently, a forest school. Building upon his parents’ legacy, CEO Bill Harlow leads the way for the organization, prioritizing the well-being of the UCCC community.

Our Values

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    We offer tools and resources that help build successful partnerships throughout our childcare communities.

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    We provide an environment that promotes active exploration of the world, ensuring physical well-being, and emotional security.

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    We foster a culture of integrity by establishing consistent expectations and clear boundaries while acknowledging the competencies and capabilities of children, families, and staff.

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    We practice our profession in collaboration with one another, demonstrating a commitment to advocacy, ethical conduct, and continuous professional learning.

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    We cultivate meaningful relationships by honouring diversity, and engaging in authentic communication.


  • B. Ayube

    Five stars rating

    I feel supported, connected and respected as a parent. I am confident that my child is given the best care there is to offer and her health and safety is of utmost value to them.

    J. Kasper

    Five stars rating

    I as a parent feel confident sending my children to these programs because I know the staff are well equipped and prepared for the day. They welcome my children each morning with enthusiasm and kindness.

  • S. & A. Koehler

    Five stars rating

    Our experience with UCCC has been nothing but exceptional.

    T. Viveiros

    Five stars rating

    I’m happy to recommend the services of Upper Canada Child Care and their staff.

Our clients have rated UCCC 4.5/5 on our 2022-2023 Family Satisfaction Survey.

Our child care programs, summer camp, and forest school are child-centered and inquiry based.