Lambton County

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 Best Start 

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Best Start is a community initiative that brings local government, school boards, and community agencies serving families with children 0 to 6 years of age together with parents to plan and deliver enhanced early learning and child care services.

Best Start supports families with children from birth through their transition into Grade 1, putting them in touch with the services they need.  Services include:


Best Start Hubs  

Best Start services are delivered from convenient and easily accessed locations across Lambton County in Early Learning and Care Hubs.  Local hubs are located primarily in select elementary schools and they offer a single integrated, seamless point of access to services and supports based on local needs and available resources.  Hubs offer a range of core programs to enhance the healthy early development of children.  They also offer transportation supports to families who require help getting to hubs to use their services.


Preschool Early Learning Program (PELP)

The Preschool Early Learning Program (PELP) helps prepare young children for school.  Children living in Lambton County who are 31 months to 4 years of age and are not yet eligible to enter junior kindergarten can access PELP.  Children can participate in up to 16 sessions per month (2.5 hours per session) of free programming delivered by licensed child care operators.  Through play, children work on acquiring age appropriate school readiness skills.  The PELP is available ten months of the year from September to June.  The program is also available in French.

Parents who want additional time at the child care centre, can pay based on the child care operator’s rate.  Financial help may be available.


More Licensed Child Care Spaces

New licensed child care spaces for children 0 to 6 have opened throughout Lambton County.  To ensure child care is more accessible for families, the majority of these new child care spaces are located in elementary schools. These optimally located child care spaces provide quality care for children in a variety of age groups including junior and senior kindergarten aged children when they are not attending school. 

Contact the Social Planning & Children’s Services Department or visit: for more information about:

  • Where to find child care
  • To apply simultaneously to any number of child care programs for more information about:

  • The closest Best Start Hub
  • The Preschool Early Learning Program (PELP) for more information about:

  • Resources about child care options


Social Planning & Children's Services Department
150 North Christina Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 8H3
Telephone:  519-344-2062  ext. 2201
Toll-free:  1-800-387-2882 ext. 2201
Fax:  519-344-2023

Children's Charter of Rights

The County of Lambton Social Planning & Children's Services Department, in conjunction with its various community partners, launched the Lambton County Children's Charter of Rights in November 2009.

The Charter supports the vision of a community that enriches the lives of children and families for a better tomorrow.  

Read Lambton County's  Children's Charter of Rights.