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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Launch of new Child Care Quality sticker
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.
How we can help
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.
City Response - Proposed Legislative and Regulatory Changes
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 is on the agenda for the March 17, 2014 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on these changes.
Early Learning and Care Assessment for Quality Improvement
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.
Introducing: Toronto Early Learning and Child Care Services
Municipal Child Care Services is changing its name to Toronto Early Learning and Child Care Services (TELCCS), which better reflects the focus on the importance of early learning in child care settings. Children enrolled in programs at City centres as well as through Toronto Home Child Care Agency will continue to enjoy the same high level of programs and care that they are used to. This change will not affect current fees or subsidies. Signs at the over 50 centres that are directly operated by the City will change over time to reflect the new name.
Toronto Child Care Funding Model - Revised Principles
City Council endorsed the report and principles at its meeting of July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013. The Principles were revised to add "parent affordability" in #2; and a new principle #9 that expressly addresses the need to keep child care fees affordable. See the City Council decision and the revised Toronto Child Care Funding Model: Assumptions, Principles and Evaluation Criteria (Modèle de financement des services de garde de Toronto: Hypothèses, principes et critères d'évaluation). Read more...
Toronto Early Learning & Child Care Services (formerly known as Municipal Child Care Services) offers high quality early learning and child care for children 0 – 12 years of age. Operated directly by the City of Toronto, our programs are located throughout the city.