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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The proposed new 2015-2019 Service Plan is a vital tool that guides the planning and management of services for children and families in Toronto. It is the result of more than a year of research, analysis, and input from families, service providers, sector experts, and community partners. The Service Plan will be presented to the Community Development and Recreation Committee (CDRC) for approval on April 20 and then to City Council on May 5, 2015.
January 22, 2015
Premier Wynne announced that the Ontario government is increasing wages for eligible registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and front-line child care professionals in licensed child care settings. Starting this month, Ontario is implementing a wage increase of $1 per hour for eligible child care workers in the licensed care sector. Another wage increase is set for next year.
All staff working directly with children as well as supervisors in licensed centres are eligible. Home visitors working for a licensed home child care agency and providers contracted by a licensed home child care agency are also eligible.
Details and application information for this grant will be posted and communicated when available. A list of frequently asked questions / Questions et réponses has been provided by the province. Check the 2015 timelines of this grant.
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.