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Happy Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day!
Early learning and child care professionals work hard each and every day to foster and develop the young minds of children right across our city. Their knowledge, skills and dedication make a significant difference today and long into the future.
October 25th is a day for celebrating the important contributions that child care professionals make to children, families, and our city, each and every day. In recognition of their dedication and achievements, please see a letter of appreciation from Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager of Children's Services.
Please also see additional messages of recognition from the College of Early Childhood Educators and the Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care.
Client Services, in collaboration with Toronto Employment and Social Services will be changing office hours to improve services for clients. The District Offices will now be open from 8am - 5pm and each office will have one designated late night open from 8am - 6pm.
These changes will take place effective Monday, October 2, 2017.
Refer to our District Office Map Map for more details.
Check out this "mat time" video where Jane Bertrand from the University of Toronto talks about the power of relationships in early learning settings and how important these relationships are from infancy.
There was a big turnout on September 13 to celebrate the start of construction of the much-anticipated Canoe Landing facility in the CityPlace neighbourhood of downtown Toronto. Opening in late 2019, it will include: a new child care centre for 52 children; two elementary schools for 1,100 children; as well as a community recreation centre.
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.
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.
Check out our newest ad campaign in bus shelters across the city. It highlights the sticker that indicates which centres participate in the City of Toronto's Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI) program. Want to know how your centre is doing?
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.
- News release from the Ministry of Education: Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Families
- Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017)
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.
This growth strategy builds on the Licensed Child Care Demand & Affordability Study which outlined the need for increased access to affordable child care in Toronto.
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.
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:
The City of Toronto Children's Services division has ventured into an exciting opportunity with The University of Toronto to administer a research project that will measure the impact of a fee subsidy and access to child care on children and families.
This research will examine the effects of getting a childcare fee subsidy and space for eligible families and their children and will provide key information about how children who receive subsidized child care are impacted.
The Toronto Children's Services offices will be recruiting over 600 parents from the waiting list to participate in this study over a one year period. They will also be supporting and working closely with the participating families to help make this study a success.