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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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.
Today is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day and this is our opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work done by Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers throughout the Child and Family system. Our ECE's are in a variety of positions throughout the system which include administrator, supervisor, child practitioner and program staff. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for the work you do every day to enrich the lives of children and families in Toronto. As our partners in the community you work with us to ensure that the early learning and care system in Toronto provides high quality services that support children's development and the well being of families.
The world of early learning and child care is a busy one. We have just implemented the final year of Full-Day Kindergarten and we are awaiting the passage of the Provincial Child Care Modernization Act. The Province has introduced "How Does Learning Happen?" a pedagogical framework for those working with young children and their families. The Early Learning and Care Assessment for Quality Improvement is now Canada's only validated tool for assessing quality. And Children's Services will once again be hosting the Parent's Summit, Let's talk child care, on November 19 and 22, 2014 to talk about child care issues affecting families.
There are many initiatives to keep up with, all of which enhance services for children and their families and continuously improve the network of child and family services.
On Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, we celebrate your ongoing leadership, creativity and hard work on behalf of children and families in Toronto.
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
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.
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. 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.