Information for Operators

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.

What's New

ExpandLaunch of the 2018 Online Budget

The 2018 Online Budget application will be available on October 10, 2017 and Child Care Centre budgets will be due on November 24, 2017.

Child care service providers are invited to attend the 2018 Budget Overview Sessions which will highlight important changes to the 2018 Online Budget Application and updates to the Budget Guidelines.

Share the Air! All TCS Budget Overview Sessions are Scent Free.

ExpandRegistration for 2018 Budget Input Labs Now Open

Budget Input Labs will be available during October and November for childcare service providers who wish to attend a lab to input their 2018 budget in the Online Budget Application. Labs will be available in all four District Offices and Consultants will be available at all labs to provide support.

Operators who wish to attend the lab must register online and may register for the location of their choice.

In order to access the online budget you must have an active Budget Preparer or Signing Authority user role in Online Services and must bring your user ID and password to participate in the lab.

Share the Air! All TCS Budget Overview Sessions are Scent Free.

ExpandApply now - Capital Funding for Community Child Care Expansion

The provincial and federal governments have made a commitment of increasing access to licensed child care through the expansion of spaces. Funding has been made available to support the Children's Services Growth Strategy of increasing access to affordable child care in Toronto. To improve access to licensed child care for families, Children's Services is providing funding to operators interested in creating new infant, toddler and/or preschool spaces (outside of schools).

The grant will cover 100% of the capital costs and does not require an agency contribution. Funding will also be given to cover the costs necessary to equip the new space.

Apply now - Project agreements must be in place by December 2017 and construction completed by December 2018.

ExpandFinancement d’immobilisation pour l’agrandissement des services de garde communautaires

Les gouvernements provinciaux et fédéral se sont engagés à améliorer l’accès à des services de garde agréés en agrandissant les espaces. Un financement est disponible pour soutenir la stratégie de développement des services de garde agréés visant à améliorer l’accès à des services de garde abordables à Toronto. Pour améliorer l’accès des familles à des services de garde agréés, les services à l’enfance financent les fournisseurs qui souhaitent créer de nouveaux espaces pour les poupons, bambins et préscolaires (hors des écoles).

Cette subvention couvrira 100 % des coûts d’immobilisation et ne nécessite pas de contribution d’un organisme. Le financement sera également octroyé pour couvrir les coûts nécessaires à l’équipement du nouvel espace.

Faites une demande dès maintenant - Les ententes de projet doivent être en place d’ici le 27 décembre 2017 et la construction achevée d’ici décembre 2018.

ExpandChild Care Hygiene Policies Launch

Toronto Children's Services has launched Infection Prevention and Control policies and procedures for child care operators in the City of Toronto. These policies and procedures are to be used as a guiding framework for operators to write their own documents unique to their own location, processes and activities.

Children's Services has collaborated with Toronto Public Health (TPH) to ensure their policies and procedures follow the best practices of TPH's Guidance Document, Infection Prevention and Control in Child Care Centres, 2017 Edition.

ExpandAnnual Reporting Requirements for Summer Day Programs

Service providers in receipt of funding for summer day programs are on a three-year budget cycle and not required to submit a budget for 2017. However, in order to remain eligible for funding in 2017, operators must submit information to their Children's Services Consultant on their planned service levels for 2017. The information is due by May 12, 2017. Please refer to the 2016 Budget Guidelines for Summer Day Programs and 2016 Budget Package for Summer Day Programs for more details.

ExpandBefore and After School Programs: Kindergarten - Grade 6

Recent regulatory changes have created a new duty for school boards to ensure that before and after school programs are provided where there is demand and viability, starting in September 2017. This duty applies to children in kindergarten to grade six. Policies and guidelines for school boards were released in January 2017.

Toronto Children's Services is working closely with school boards and consulting with operators to plan for these programs. More information will be available as the 2017-18 school year approaches.

ExpandBefore and After School Quality Assessment Measure

After two years of community consultation and development, we are pleased to share with you the revised Before & After School Early Learning and Care Assessment for Quality Improvement / Avant et Après l’École Évaluation des services de garde et d’apprentissagede la petite enfance aux fins d’amélioration de la qualité. The revised document better reflects the type of licensed before & after school programs we find across Toronto.

Effective 2017, this revised quality measure will also be used for Kindergarten Before & After School Programs. In previous years, the Preschool section of the Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI) was used to assess these programs for quality.

Visit our Assessment for Quality Improvement page to view the program expectations for high quality child care.

ExpandEvery Child Belongs, Special Needs Resource - Service Request System, Oct 3, 2016

We are making requests for Special Needs Resource services quick and easy through Operator's Online Services.

By selecting the Special Needs – Service Request tab the child care program will be able to make a direct request for service from the assigned Special Needs Resource staff.

The request for service can be made for an individual consultation (child specific), program consultation, or training consultation in relation to special needs resource support.

If you need more information about how to navigate this system please see the Special Needs Resource Service Request System User Guide, watch the demonstration video or contact us at