Today is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day and this is our opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work done by Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers throughout the Child and Family system. Our ECE's are in a variety of positions throughout the system which include administrator, supervisor, child practitioner and program staff. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for the work you do every day to enrich the lives of children and families in Toronto. As our partners in the community you work with us to ensure that the early learning and care system in Toronto provides high quality services that support children's development and the well being of families.
The world of early learning and child care is a busy one. We have just implemented the final year of Full-Day Kindergarten and we are awaiting the passage of the Provincial Child Care Modernization Act. The Province has introduced "How Does Learning Happen?" a pedagogical framework for those working with young children and their families. The Early Learning and Care Assessment for Quality Improvement is now Canada's only validated tool for assessing quality. And Children's Services will once again be hosting the Parent's Summit, Let's talk child care, on November 19 and 22, 2014 to talk about child care issues affecting families.
There are many initiatives to keep up with, all of which enhance services for children and their families and continuously improve the network of child and family services.
On Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, we celebrate your ongoing leadership, creativity and hard work on behalf of children and families in Toronto.