Parents of newborns and young preschoolers can find child care services in licensed child care centres or home care.
In Niagara, the child care co-op La Boîte à soleil – Garderie francophone offers comprehensive programs across Niagara Region. The non-profit child care centre provides a full range of services, from infant to preschool care and before and after school programs. The centres are located in French language schools of both the Catholic and secular board. The organization serves the local Francophone families of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland and Port Colborne.
You can also find bilingual On y va! centres, which offer free drop-in programs for caregivers and children together. Montessori schools and before-and-after school care are additional alternatives to provide your young ones with the best education and care.
For more information on options and subsidies, see this Government of Ontario page.
Parents are encouraged to read about the Ministry of Education and the Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario.
Elementary and Secondary Education
All children in Ontario are required to attend school until the age of 18 or until they have graduated from a secondary school. Well established Francophone school systems provide free top quality primary and secondary eduction.
French Language Education
French Language schools offer a rich and diversified cultural experience in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
To attend a French language school, children are admissible if their native language is French, if their elementary education was in French or their parent received education in a French-language school in Canada. For more information, see: Admission to French-language schools.
For more information, visit French-language education in Ontario.
French Immersion Programs
Many schools in Niagara offer French Immersion programs where students learn French as a second language and serves as the language of instruction for some courses. School life and extracurricular activities take place in English.
For a better understanding of the differences, download the document
La différence entre L’ÉDUCATION EN LANGUE FRANÇAISE et le programme « FRENCH IMMERSION » (pdf – 346 KB)
Post Secondary Education
French as a second language teacher education (BEd) is offered at Brock University.
The French language college, Collège Boréal offers a wide range of programs through distance learning. In Welland, the Access Centre is located at Niagara College and another is located in Hamilton. Students can enroll to study on campus in either Toronto or Sudbury.
L’ABC Communautaire offers French, Math and computer courses for free to francophones. They can also help them obtain a high school equivalency diploma (GED). The education centre may provide financial assistance for travel expenses and child care to their francophone students.
French teachers are in demand!
Qualified teachers are in demand in French schools! The resources of Ontario College of Teachers could help you in your job search.