The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) has developed The District of Thunder Bay Child Care Registry. It is an online application and registry for families seeking licensed child care spaces.

The first step is to complete and submit an online application to register your child(ren) for any of the licensed child care options in the district of Thunder Bay that meets your family’s needs. The child care programs you apply to will contact you when a space becomes available. All families enrolled in a licensed child care centre must first register on the waitlist. To access the Child Care Registry, visit

It is always possible to call our Executive Director or a Site Supervisor to inquire about the waitlist and the possible wait times or to arrange a tour of our facilities. Please note that wait times are estimates only. If you are calling to inquire about the waitlist but no one is available to take your call, please remember to leave a voicemail including your child’s full name. This will allow us to find out where your child is on our waitlist prior to returning your call.

Below are the documents required for registration at Mahmowenchike Family Development Centre once a child care space is secured. Generally, you will be given a copy of these documents during your tour and prior to your child(ren) starting at Mahmowenchike but it is always helpful to have them done ahead of time to give you and anyone else caring for the child time to think about helpful information for your child(ren)’s potential educator(s).

Mahmowenchike Application Package – revised October 2017

Please note: tours of the facilities are available by appointment only to ensure there is sufficient time for supervisors to dedicate to your family. Miigwetch!

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