Welcome to Toronto Children's Services. We promote access to high quality early learning, child care and support for families through a well-planned and managed system. Read more about Children's Services.
In response to City Council's request to develop a child care growth strategy for Toronto, Children's Services commissioned a research team from the University of Toronto, led by Dr. Gordon Cleveland and Dr. Michael Krashinsky, to study the demand for and affordability of child care in Toronto.
The results of the study will be presented to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on October 20, 2016 and include the following reports:
The Aboriginal Advisory & Planning Committee of the Toronto Child & Family Network present:
One dish, one spoon: Decolonizing our practices
Dialogue and knowledge sharing on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and Indigenous directed pathways to the well-being of Indigenous children and families in Toronto.
Newsweek magazine has called the municipal infant-toddler and preschool programs of the Reggio Emilia region of Italy the "best in the world."
Find out what this buzz is all about at The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit at the concourse level of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel until November 13, 2016. Visit the Ontario Reggio Association's website for more information,
Effective September 1, 2016 licensed child care centres and home child care agencies can no longer charge a fee or require a deposit to join a child care waitlist.
Licensed child care providers will also be required to:
- develop a public waitlist policy that clearly explains how children on a waitlist are offered admission.
- ensure waitlist status is made available to families, in a manner that protects the confidentiality of their personal information.
Read the Province's news release.
The scholarly journal, Early Education and Development published an article in their June 2016 edition that commends the Toronto Children's Services' Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI) tool as an accurate way to determine quality in early learning and child care settings. This endorsement makes the AQI the only peer-reviewed and validated improvement tool for child care developed in Canada. Read the article.
On May 9, 2016, the Ministry of Education posted new regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act and Education Act. These changes cover a number of areas, including licensing fees, serious occurrences, enforcement, before- and after-school programs, and new optional models for group sizes, age ranges and ratios. The new rules come into effect at varying dates. A letter highlighting some of the key changes was sent to the child care sector on May 18, 2016.
More information, including fact sheets, is available on the Ministry of Education website.
Our Family page helps parents to find licensed child care and out-of-school time programs; apply online for a child care fee subsidy; check out a centre’s quality ratings and find early learning services and supports.
Our Operators' page gives providers of early learning and child care programs access to funding opportunities, policies and guidelines, supports for children with special needs, online services, training and more.
The City of Toronto Children's Services division has ventured into an exciting opportunity with The University of Toronto to administer a research project that will measure the impact of a fee subsidy and access to child care on children and families.
This research will examine the effects of getting a childcare fee subsidy and space for eligible families and their children and will provide key information about how children who receive subsidized child care are impacted.
The Toronto Children's Services offices will be recruiting over 600 parents from the waiting list to participate in this study over a one year period. They will also be supporting and working closely with the participating families to help make this study a success.