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.
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.
Toronto Children's Services has partnered with Holland Marsh Growers Association to increase awareness of local food. Children enrolled in our preschool programs were provided with seeds to plant in their centre gardens which they will care for, harvest and cook according to their favourite local food recipe. Children will also have a chance to visit Holland Marsh to see how the experts grow their own veggies.
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.
In February 2016, the Ministry of Education proposed regulatory changes under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2015 and Education Act. The proposals included changes to age ranges, ratios, and group sizes in child care centres; recreation programming; and other key areas. Toronto Children's Services and Parks, Forestry and Recreation consulted widely on the proposed changes and have submitted a response to the Province.
Thank you to all those who helped inform the response, especially to the 9291 parents who filled out the survey.
The response was considered by City Council in May 2016.
A new child care funding model has been created for Toronto after extensive consultation with families, child care operators, subject experts, and other community partners. It has been approved by Toronto City Council and will soon be implemented. For families, the new funding model will aim to help child care be more affordable and more accessible and will support high quality in programs that receive City funding. For child care operators, funding will be predictable and distributed more fairly. Learn more...
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.
On August 31, 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, came into effect. Learn more from this provincial document which answers key questions about how these changes will affect licensed and unlicensed child care providers in Ontario.
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.