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How we can help

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Families

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.

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Operators

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.

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Planning

Our Planning page gives an overview of the many plans, reports, policies, programs, projects and strategies that promote the health and well-being of Toronto’s children.

News

Toronto Child Care Funding Model

Toronto Child Care Funding Model approved

On June 11, 2015 Council unanimously approved Children's Service's Funding Model Report which establishes a General Operating Grant to replace the previous provincial wage-related grant programs. The General Operating Grant will be provided to all eligible licensed child care service providers to offset operating expenses and improve affordability for families.

Operators currently receiving base funding will not lose current base funding assuming service levels and programs are unchanged.

Children's Services wishes to thank everyone for their input and involvement in the engagement process. With your assistance we have developed a funding model that provides direction for future system investments. Throughout the rest of the year, Toronto Children's Services will work with community partners to ensure that they are prepared for its implementation in 2016. Read more...

Measuring the impact of a fee subsidy and access to child care on children and families

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.

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Launch of new Child Care Quality sticker

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.

City Response - Proposed Legislative and Regulatory Changes

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 was approved by City Council in March 2014.

In March 2015, the Province posted updated regulatory proposals. Children's Services has written a staff report to Community Development and Recreation Committee and City Council on the proposals.