Planning

2015-2019 Service Plan

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Contents:

Introduction

  • Message from the General Manager
  • Executive Summary
  • Stakeholder-Driven Service Planning

A Toronto for All Children and Families

  • Toronto’s Children and Families
  • Benefits of Investing in Children and Families
  • Service System Vision
  • The Child and Family Service System
  • Toronto Children’s Services Division
  • Guiding Principles

The Changing Landscape

  • Influences on the System
  • Community Priorities
  • Municipal Policy
  • Provincial Policy
  • Broader Social Context

The Current Service Sector

  • A Continuum of Services
  • Funding the System
  • Determining Child Care Demand and Growth
  • Financial Implications and Growth
  • Early Learning and Care
  • Infant/Toddler/Preschool Programs
  • Capital Strategy for Infants and Toddlers
  • Kindergarten Programs
  • Middle Childhood Programs
  • Home Child Care
  • Toronto Early Learning and Child Care Services (TELCCS)
  • Aboriginal Child Care
  • French-language Child Care
  • The Cost of Care
  • Child Care Fee Subsidy
  • Child Care Funding Model
  • The Child and Family Sector Workforce
  • Special Needs Services
  • Family Support
  • Quality Assurance

Directions and Actions for the Next Five Years

  • Access to High-Quality Child Care
  • Inclusive Support for All Families
  • Engagement, Partnership, and Communication
  • Systems Change
  • Leadership

Appendix and Endnotes

  • Appendix A: Child and Family Network
  • Appendix B: List of Neighbourhoods
  • Endnotes

Strategic Directions

What does this mean?
Families have access to affordable, available, and high-quality early learning and child care services.

Priorities for 2017:

  • Develop a 10 year child care growth strategy for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Continue the design and/or construction of 17 new child care centres across the city.
  • Continue to increase the number of non-profit and public spaces for infants and toddlers.
  • Continue to increase before-and-after school spaces through collaboration with TDSB and TCDSB.
  • Review feasibility and implications of a risk-based approach to assess quality in licensed child care.

What does this mean?
Supports and services meet the unique needs of all Toronto families.

Priorities for 2017:

  • Work with the Aboriginal Advisory and Planning Committee and the Indigenous community to develop a service plan that increases access to early years programs for Indigenous families.
  • Improve ability to monitor services provided through the Every Child Belongs model by reviewing and improving existing service data.
  • Address quality and pedagogy within the French language child care sector through professional learning opportunities.
  • Build partnerships with organizations serving newcomer families to improve access to child care fee subsidies.

What does this mean?
Strong partnerships, ongoing engagement, and communication result in planning processes that respond to the diverse needs of children, families, and service providers.

Priorities for 2017:

  • With Toronto Public Health, pilot a child engagement initiative to increase the voice of children in planning and decision-making.
  • Develop new opportunities for parent engagement, including targeted approaches for Indigenous families, LGBTQ2S families and families of trans or gender independent children, newcomer families, and families of children with special needs.
  • Launch the new planning structure of the Toronto Child and Family Network, including four new integrated working tables that bring together key leaders to improve key elements of wellbeing for children and families in Toronto (informed by Raising the Village data).
  • Develop new online service platform for families applying for and receiving child care fee subsidies.

What does this mean?
The child and family system is modernized in a way that works best for Toronto.

Priorities for 2017:

What does this mean?
All orders of government, municipal and community partners contribute to the well-being of children and families.

Priorities for 2017:

  • Inform the National Early Learning and Child Care Multilateral Agreement and the revised provincial early years framework to ensure that the needs of Toronto families and the child care system are reflected.
  • Continue to build partnerships with the federal and provincial governments to expand and improve access and affordability of child care in Toronto, including communicating the level of investments required.
  • Develop an integrated, 'one-window' approach to make it easier for parents to access information about child care fee subsidies, Ontario Works, and rent-geared-to-income supports.
  • Continue to expand the Raising the Village initiative by identifying and addressing existing gaps in data and by expanding awareness of its ability to inform the planning to improve child and family wellbeing.
  • In partnership with OISE, implement the third year of the longitudinal study that measures the impact of receiving fee subsidy on families and their children.

ExpandPriorities for 2015-2016

What does this mean?
Families have access to affordable, available, and high-quality early learning and child care services.

Priorities for 2015-2016:

  • Review the methodology used to determine the distribution of child care fee subsidies and ensure that the principles of age and geographic equity are effectively applied
  • Encourage and expedite the development of new child care spaces for infants and toddlers based on the division's Capital Strategy included in the 2015-2019 Service Plan
  • Increase the number of middle childhood programs
  • Develop quality standards for middle childhood programs

What does this mean?
Supports and services meet the unique needs of all Toronto families.

Priorities for 2015-2016:

  • Strategically align need for chid care with poverty reduction initiatives
  • Increase and simplify access to child care for Aboriginal families (including the implementation of an Aboriginal self-identification policy)
  • Establish partnership opportunities with newcomer and LGBTQ organizations
  • Complete a business enhancement review of the Every Child Belongs model of special needs services
  • Increase access and quality for French-language families by establishing a joint planning process with French School Boards

What does this mean?
Strong partnerships, ongoing engagement, and communication result in planning processes that respond to the diverse needs of children, families, and service providers.

Priorities for 2015-2016:

  • Develop new models of engaging families
  • Modernize online supports for service providers





What does this mean?
The child and family system is modernized in a way that works best for Toronto.

Priorities for 2015-2016:

  • Present new child care funding model to Council for approval
  • Implement Provincial Wage Enhancement Grant







What does this mean?
All orders of government, municipal and community partners contribute to the well-being of children and families.

Priorities for 2015-2016:

  • Implement joint planning structure with school boards
  • Report on child and family well-being indicators
  • Advance human services integration together with other City divisions






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