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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November 20 is National Child Day, a day for celebrating children and the right of every child to a safe, healthy, and engaging childhood. It's an opportunity to take a moment to reflect and discuss the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Learn more about this important day, including how you can celebrate together with children, by visiting our National Child Day webpage.
Whether or not you receive a child care subsidy, City of Toronto Children's Services is likely involved in your child's licensed care. We are working hard to help Toronto families like yours by: helping to keep child care fees affordable by providing funding to licensed child care providers; offering incentives to child care operators to open more programs for infants and toddlers; and by monitoring and rating funded child care centres for quality. Find out how.
On August 31, 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, comes 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.
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.
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!
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...
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