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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Toronto Children's Services in partnership with Ryerson University is doing a Home Language Survey to document home languages of children(up to age 6) attending Toronto child care centres. This information will help us provide programs that better support children’s home languages. The survey is confidential and will take a few minutes to complete.
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.
To help support the journey of quality improvement, a series of webinars has been created specifically for Frontline Educators, Operators and Boards of Directors. These tools are designed to support all centres and municipalities using the Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI). This webinar series outlines the importance of quality early learning programs and how the AQI can be used as a resource to support quality. Watch out for our next series in the coming months!
Toronto Children’s Services, in collaboration with its partners, researched and developed quality standards for out-of-school-time programs serving children between the ages of 6 to12. This research involved children, parents, program staff and supervisors involved in after-school programs and asked them to identify what they believed were the most important characteristics of high-quality after-school programs. The results of this research, as detailed in the report Toronto after-school programs: What really matters?, will form the basis for quality standards the City of Toronto will be developing for after-school programs in the coming years.
The Provincial deadline for submission of 2015 Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) applications has passed. Operators may monitor the status of their submitted applications on our dedicated webpage. The Application Status page contains the status of applications and the Next Steps page contains information regarding the approval and payment process.
Last July, Children's Services committed to review the Every Child Belongs (ECB) model for service and business enhancements. For an update on status of the review, and what has been accomplished thus far, read 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!
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.
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
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.