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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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 will be considered by City Council in early May 2016.
Toronto Children's Services is the administrator of the Provincial Wage Enhancement Grant (PWE), announced by the Provincial Government in January 2015 for all licensed child care in Toronto.
This grant is intended to support a wage enhancement in licensed child care. The wage enhancement will support an increase of up to $2 per hour in 2016 plus 17.5 per cent benefits to eligible child care program staff. In addition, the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) will support an increase of up to $20 per day in 2016 for eligible home child care providers. Learn more...
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.
Children's Services is proud to announce the Division's 2015-2019 Service Plan. The plan was adopted by City Council on May 5, 2015. This important tool will guide the planning and management of services for children and families for the next five years. It was developed during a period of significant change and is the result of extensive community engagement and research. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
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.
The City of Toronto helps families in financial need with the cost of care through child care fee subsidies. There are currently subsidies available for infants and toddlers. Find out more