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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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 Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) online application is now available on a dedicated webpage. Helpful support documentation along with related guidelines are also included, such as: "How to" guide and Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
Thanks to our stakeholders over the last 18 months who have participated in many consultations and provided valuable feedback, Children's Services has prepared a report on Engagement on Funding Model scenarios between May 2013 and November 2014; and will recommend a "Made in Toronto" Child Care Funding Plan to Committee and Council in 2015. The Funding Plan will align with the 2015 Child Care Service Plan and support access, affordability and quality child care for families across Toronto. The plan must continue to support the child care system in a way that sustainable, supports growth of the system and does not disadvantage operators currently receiving base funding. Once a Funding Plan has been approved by Council, discussions with our stakeholders will continue with a focus on implementation and transition. 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
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.
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.
Effective April 1, 2014 the Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI), 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.