As with most things in life, the field of early childhood education is ever-changing. Up until recently, child care was viewed as just that: caring for children so that they are safe while their parents/guardians were at work or school. Over the years, evidence has shown that the years before school contribute greatly to a child’s health and well-being, as well as to their future success in life.
The child care environment has evolved to one that demonstrates that learning starts before a child enters school. In recognition of this, Municipal Child Care Services is changing its name to Toronto Early Learning and Child Care Services. While the name is changing, families will continue to receive the same great programs and support for their children at over 50 child care centres. Signs at the centres will be updated over the coming months to reflect the name change.