Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track)

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0811
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(Formerly Child and Youth Worker program)

Child and Youth Care practitioners are specialists in facilitating change in children, youth and young adults who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges. Children and youth respond to the impact of change, stress, loss, poverty, violence, abuse and neglect with a range of emotions and behaviours including confusion, anger, withdrawal, aggression, hopelessness, violence, and suicide. Many of the children or youth experience numerous challenges and may have a variety of diagnoses.

Additionally, increasing numbers of these youth are in conflict with the law and/or are receiving therapeutic intervention. Understanding the individual and the unique nature of his/her response is therefore an important first task. Child and Youth Care practitioners are a valuable resource to children, youth and their families in this process. They commit themselves to understanding and interacting in therapeutic relationships with these children, youth, and their families to promote and facilitate positive change.

Frequently Asked Questions about the program can be found here 

Program Details

Code 0811
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 2 Years
Delivery Full-Time


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. 

Health Requirements

Immunization - Communicable Disease Requirements

Completion of the Immunization - Communicable Disease Form is a mandatory condition for your clinical/practical placement. THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download the Immunization - Communicable Disease Form

Questions about completing this form can be sent to

Note: Full-time student coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1 can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Other Requirements

Criminal Background Check
Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for pro­grams with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying. Criminal Background Checks should not be ordered, until the student is advised to do so by Child and Youth Care (CYC) Faculty/Student Placement Facilitator (SPF).



Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.


Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

  • Specialized educational programs
  • Schools/residential treatment centres
  • Group homes/youth detention centres
  • Before- and after-care school programs
  • Street/community work with children/youth
  • Hospitals, children’s mental health centres
  • Family and children’s services
  • Self-employment initiatives
  1. Family Access Worker, Family and Children's Services of Frontenac Lennox and Addington
  2. Deployment Counsellor, Family Military Resource Centre
  3. Educational Assistant, LDSB & ALCDSB
  4. Youth Worker, ALCDSB
  5. Residential Support Worker, Program Facilitator, Community Living
  6. Police Officer, Kingston Police
  7. Emergency Support Worker, Home Base Housing
  8. Site Support Worker, Student Parent Support Worker, Pathways to Education
  9. Youth Outreach Worker, Youth Diversion
  10. Youth in Transition Worker, Resolve
  11. Program Facilitator, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston


"I enrolled in the SLC Child and Youth care program after taking a year off after highschool to decide what I really wanted to do. I am thankful that I took my time in selecting the right school and course for me, and ever since my first class I have received nothing but personal growth, close relationships, and valuable knowledge that directly correlates with what I’d like to be doing in the field! "
Kara Godfrey
"I am proud to say that I am a Child and Youth worker. This course encapsulates sociology, psychology, child development, practical life skills, hand on experience, and a variety of pathways and domains for after graduation. I look forward to completing my social work B.A and potentially my masters as well and become a youth psychotherapist."
Lauren Pederson


Complete SLC Placement Requirements

  • 6 Training Modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver
  • Immunization



Placement agencies/partners: 

  1. LDSB
  3. Boys and Girls Club of Kingston
  4. Resolve
  5. Pathways to Education
  6. Kingston Community Health Centre, Immigrant Services Kingston and Area
  7. Home Base Housing
  8. Youth Diversion
  9. Quintilian Private School
  10. Family and Children's Services of Frontenac Lennox and Addington
  11. Community Living

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Tammy Kerr
613.544.5400, ext. 1607

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact

+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514