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.
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Parents now have a new way to find quality child care. Toronto Children's Services is introducing a new sticker that licensed child care operators who have been assessed for quality child care can display on their premises. Find out more about child care quality ratings, including ratings for a particular child care centre.
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.
In December 2013, the Province announced changes to the legislative and regulatory framework for child care in Ontario. Children's Services consulted widely on the proposed changes and has developed a response. The response is on the agenda for the March 17, 2014 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on these changes.
Effective April 1, 2014 the Early Learning and Care Assessment for Quality Improvement (ELCAQI), the next version of the Toronto Operating Criteria, will be used during quality assessment visits. Children's Services is working in partnership with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) to validate this measure.
City Council endorsed the report and principles at its meeting of July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013. The Principles were revised to add "parent affordability" in #2; and a new principle #9 that expressly addresses the need to keep child care fees affordable. See the City Council decision and the revised Toronto Child Care Funding Model: Assumptions, Principles and Evaluation Criteria (Modèle de financement des services de garde de Toronto: Hypothèses, principes et critères d'évaluation). Read more...