SNR Collaborative of Waterloo Region

Working as partners to support licensed early learning and child care programs in Waterloo Region, we work closely with educators, caregivers, families and caring adults to support all children, regardless of their abilities, to thrive in their early learning environments.

Together, KidsAbility and KW Habilitation make up the SNR Collaborative.

what we do

We work with families, licensed early learning and child care programs, community partners and other caring adults to provide support for children up to 12 years of age.

About the SNRC

KidsAbility and KW Habilitation work together in support of licensed early learning and child care programs across Waterloo Region for children up to 12 years of age.

Supports Available

We work together in licensed early learning and child care programs to help build the capacity of educators to support all children in their care. We also collaborate with our community partners to ensure appropriate services are in place to support the educators and the child.


We make the referral process a snap!

A SNAP referral is a single point of access for children up to 12 years of age who are currently attending or looking to enroll in a licensed early learning and child care program in Waterloo Region.

Transition to School

The transition from child care to school can be difficult. The SNRC works with partners across Waterloo Region to help make that transition for a child with complex needs easier.

Resources for Families

The SNRC works hard to create and research valuable resources that you can access here.



Resources for ELCCs

The SNRC researches and creates workshops and resources in response to the needs we support in licensed early learning and child care.  You can access many of these here!

How we WORK

It all starts with SNAP

SNAP accepts referrals from child care programs, parents and community agencies. A SNAP Coordinator will review the referral and connect you with the most appropriate services to support your child’s participation in a child care program.

SNAP Coordinators can also meet with families when they are not in a licensed child care and may require extra supports and services. Some things our SNAP coordinators might help with include special needs subsidy referrals, registering for child care programs, providing information regarding community services, discussing a child’s development, providing resources, and more. SNAP Coordinators will meet with you and your child to determine eligibility for these services

We're Here to help

The process is easy!


Identify a need

Looking for child care? Do you have a concern about your child currently attending child care? Are you an educator searching for additional supports in your classroom? We can help.


Make a SNAP Referral

SNAP is a single access point for children up to 12 years of age who are currently attending licensed child care in Waterloo Region, or who are seeking to attend licensed child care and where there are concerns regarding their child’s development. When you make a referral, you will be connected with a member of the SNRC Team.


Connect to Resources

Once you’ve made a referral, supports will be available. Our resources can help you to feel more comfortable and confident in meeting the needs of the children in your care.

Did you Know

We’ve helped thousands of children and families in Waterloo Region

It’s not just about inclusion…it’s all about belonging.


The Regions centralized Child Care application and waitlist website

Before the School Bell Rings

Tips for Parents About Helping Their Child with Enter School

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

A tip sheet to help you prepare for the transition to kindergarten

RC Referrals in 2023
SPOT Referrals in 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the Region of Waterloo offers subsidy for licensed child care programs. To check if you qualify, use the online calculator. If you are not sure what to do, connect with a SNAP Coordinator.  


Yes! Check out OneList!  OneList is the centralized waitlist for all licensed child care programs in the Region of Waterloo.

Pro Tip: Check your applications regularly! Are you stuck with the application, connect with SNAP! 


You are in the right place! Connect with SNAP and they can help determine what supports are available for you and your child.

EarlyOn Child and Family Centres offer free, high quality programs for families and children from birth to 6 years old.

Sign up for SNRC emails

Get the latest from your SNRC Resource Consultants and SPOT Team! Sign up to receive monthly emails with important information, resources and tip sheets, along with links to learning videos and articles that will help you to support the child(ren) in your care. These emails will include tasks and activities to help address every day concerns.

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