Welcome to Toronto Children's Services. We promote access to high quality early learning, child care and support for families through a well-planned and managed system.  Read more about Children's Services.


How we can help

smiling girl - Information for Families


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.

smiling kid - 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.

little boy - Planning for Toronto's Children


Our Planning page gives an overview of the many plans, reports, policies, programs, projects and strategies that promote the health and well-being of Toronto’s children.


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.

ExpandChild care demand and affordability study, 2016

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:

ExpandOntario introduces new regulation to ban waitlist fees, effective Sep 1, 2016

Effective September 1, 2016  licensed child care centres and home child care agencies can no longer charge a fee or require a deposit to join a child care waitlist.

Licensed child care providers will also be required to:

  • develop a public waitlist policy that clearly explains how children on a waitlist are offered admission. 
  • ensure waitlist status is made available to families, in a manner that protects the confidentiality of their personal information.

Read the Province's news release.

ExpandAssessment for Quality Improvement receives scholarly endorsement

The scholarly journal,  Early Education and Development published an article in their June 2016 edition that commends the Toronto Children's Services' Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI) tool as an accurate way to determine quality in early learning and child care settings. This endorsement makes the AQI the only peer-reviewed and validated improvement tool for child care developed in Canada. Read the article.

ExpandNew Regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act and Education Act

On May 9, 2016, the Ministry of Education posted new regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act and Education Act. These changes cover a number of areas, including licensing fees, serious occurrences, enforcement, before- and after-school programs, and new optional models for group sizes, age ranges and ratios. The new rules come into effect at varying dates. A letter highlighting some of the key changes was sent to the child care sector on May 18, 2016.

More information, including fact sheets, is available on the Ministry of Education website.

ExpandMeasuring the impact of a fee subsidy and access to child care on children and families

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.

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