About Us


This three-year project has been funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and carried out in partnership between Conestoga College, The Region of Waterloo – Children’s Services Division, and the Early Years Community.


Ideas Connect seeks to implement a collaborative model that supports the early years sector (birth to age 12 years) in navigating through the many shifts, changes, and transformations occurring; to implement and evaluate an innovative partnership model of reciprocal relationships; to uncover community, college and regional needs, issues, and dilemmas; to optimize resources (College, Region and Community); and to create an improved process for collaborative community decision making and transforming of services.


The Ideas Connect project works in partnership with professionals in the early years sector in the Waterloo Region, The Region of Waterloo Children’s Services Division, Conestoga College’s, Degree faculty and students of the Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development, the Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice, and the Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (Informatics) programs.

Ideas Connecting


CCEYA Analysis

Summarized Child Care and Early Years Act charts formatted to provide readers with a more user friendly experience.



Checklist and tool to aid in the planning and design for child care centres within the Region of Waterloo.



Documents related to early learning and care have been collected and placed into one accessible location.



Partnership between Conestoga College degree students; BELPD, BAHIS and BCCP.

"Creating a bridge between research and
practice in early learning and care."

Professional Affiliations

Conestoga College | Social Sciences and Humanities Research | Region of Waterloo