On April 13th, City Council adopted Toronto's Child Care Growth Strategy. This 10 year strategy aims to
- create new child care spaces to meet demand,
- improve affordability for families and
- support a thriving workforce.
Toronto City Council has approved the City's 2017 operating budget of $10.5 billion and a 10-year capital budget and plan of $26.5 billion. The 2017 budget provides an additional $43 million for new and enhanced services, including investments in poverty reduction, child care and community wellness, safe transportation, environmental sustainability and city building. Read more about highlights of the Children's Services budget.
Toronto has monitored the well-being of children since 1991 when the Toronto Report Card on Children was first published.
On November 28, 2016, we will launch Raising the Village. This joint community initiative measures child and family well-being and provides data and research which we can use to improve outcomes for Toronto's children and families.
In response to City Council's request to develop a child care growth strategy for Toronto, Children's Services commissioned a research team from the University of Toronto, led by Dr. Gordon Cleveland and Dr. Michael Krashinsky, to study the demand for and affordability of child care in Toronto.
The results of the study will be presented to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on October 20, 2016 and include the following reports:
Toronto Children’s Services and our community partners are planning Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres throughout the City. Learn more
Middle Childhood - The City has developed a strategy and and implementation plan with goals and actions to improve supports and services for children from 6 to 12 years.
Policies and guidelines for school boards who are planning before and after school programs were released in January 2017.
A planning table where City divisions and community partners come together to discuss, develop and promote services, supports and activities that positively impact outcomes for children and their families.
'Regardless of the socio-economic status of his/her family and community, every child has the right to childhood experiences which promote the chances of developing into a healthy, well-adjusted and productive adult.' This vision sets the foundation for the development of City plans, reports, policies, programs, projects and strategies that impact children.