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June Hall, Director of Main Square Daycare and Board member at TCBCC, deputed to CDRC October 23rd 2017 on the City’s Child Care Growth Strategy – Phase One Implementation (2017 – 2019).

“In September of 2016, the City stopped placing subsidies for children 3.8years and older.  Our centre laid off a staff including paying severance, and we cut over $30,000 from our program budget.   On Nov 2016, our program submitted our annual budget for 2017.  It took too long for the City to get back to us.  We had already paid out expenses for our 2017 operating year, and then we found out that the City was going to be cutting $23,706 from our budget.  Programs need to be notified before the budget year starts, and <they need> be able to participate in a two-way conversation, about the details of any adjustment. The current environment does not allow programs to expand and be supported.  if we can’t communicate in a timely manner, expansion is too difficult.”

Do you have a story to share?  Tell us about it so we can show Council the evidence of what Children’s Services policies and practices are doing to our centres.  Let’s make June’s deputation summary a reality for us all – “Expansion is expected by city residents, is possible by centres that operate programs, but it relies on appropriate and reliable funding! “

Posted in Your Voice.

OCBCC Update – Take Action to Celebrate Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day – Oct. 25 2017

We Create the Future – our theme for the 17th annual CCWAD sends the clear signal about the central role of child care workers and early childhood educators in “building a system with enough affordable child care spaces for all families who want them” that the government of Ontario has committed to do in its Five-Year Action Plan. Public policy is moving in the right direction, with expansion of 100,000 spaces for 0 – 4 years underway; a commitment to developing a Workforce Strategy; commissioned research to provide a pathway toward affordable fees and a commitment to limit expansion to the non-profit sector. Now we have to keep the pressure on to make sure that policy becomes reality.

We need you to take action to move our Three Big Ideas (affordable fees, decent work and expansion limited to the non-profit and public sector) about child care to reality:

  1. Phone or e-mail your MPP and urge her/him to attend the breakfast at Queen’s Park on Oct. 25. All MPPs need to be part of this conversation about early childhood education and care that plays a vital role in the social infrastructure of our province. (See the MPP invitation for more information)
  2. If you are in the area join us at Queen’s Park for Question Period at 10:30 a.m. To register, enter at the south basement of the Legislative Bldg., bring photo ID and allow time to check your coat and electronics. For the press conference at 12:15 p.m., register at security with your photo ID.
  3. Tell us how you are celebrating CCWAD this year – e-mail us at and post on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #CCWAD2017 on Oct. 25
  4. Support the AECEO’s decent work and professional pay campaign if you haven’t already. Please sign the online pledge at

We are gearing up for community celebrations, proclamations from Mayors, Regional Councils and City Councillors across the province and kudos from parents and community partners. Our buttons and posters have made it to urban, rural and suburban communities in all corners of the province. In addition to the breakfast at Queen’s Park, we expect there will be questions in the House during Question Period at 10:30 am. We’ll aim to track the questions and answers for you, and you can watch Question Period online at At 12:15 we’ll host a press conference with the AECEO and focus on the necessity of decent work and professional pay for early childhood educators and child care workers and the requirement of sufficient public funding to make this happen without increasing parents’ fees.

Happy CCWAD!

Posted in Child Care in the News.

“An investment in a call for a better future for all!” – Councilor Michael Thompson (Chair) Economic Development Committee

On a directive from Council to assess the economic and social impacts of more affordable childcare on Toronto’s economy, Economic Development Committee received the following presentation/report on October 11th.   The Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care deputed to reinforce the benefits of the economic and social impacts of an accessible, high quality child care system in Toronto.

Child Care is a crucial part of our city’s infrastructure and it is crucial in every ward .  Our failure to address it in recent decades has been driving young families out of our city to Peel, Whitby, Hamilton, and the rest of the GTA, where they pay their taxes to those municipalities and they work out there . . . or . . . maybe they commute back in, overloading the roads and public transit.

We certainly cannot blame these young families.  It’s not their choice.  They have no other options.  This City is VERY expensive to live in – and a whole generation of young parents simply cannot stay here and will not be attracted here if they can’t get work . . . and you cannot get work if you cannot find affordable, high quality child care!

Councilor Thompson said it well.  “Like we invest in many other things <such as> planting trees, roads, a variety of other infrastructure development, children are the foundation of our infrastructure.  Without them, we don’t <need to> build roads, we don’t <need to> build condo’s, we don’t <need> to build anything!  <Without them)> We don’t build a society!”

Our message was direct!  This year’s City Budget 2018 will be crucial for child care – with BOTH senior levels of Government making such a significant investment in child care – All Parent eyes will be on the City’s Budget – we are looking for EVERY child care dollar promised to be in this budget and earmarked directly to the front line for MORE affordable, High Quality Child Care for families.

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Come and join us!

The Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care invites “Super”visors to get together to take a break!
Hear “Super” speaker Sue Hunter share her energy and motivation because she’s been a “SUPER” visor too.
Join the TCBCC Team for lunch and the TCBCC AGM

Posted in TCBCC Campaigns/Events.

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Our Board is a working Board!

Our Board is a working Board that engages on behalf of the TCBCC in their own districts and networks – building capacity and responding to the needs of the community – bringing those ideas, concerns and feedback to the TCBCC table. These are some of the ways we do that:

  • All TCBCC Board Members participate in City led Child Care Supervisors Networks (bi-monthly with 70 – 100 attendees at each of the 10-12 networks). All of our Board Members play a strong leadership role at these Networks – engaging with their fellow operators and keeping the TCBCC in touch with community issues in the different districts. Two of our Board Members are District representatives (North and South) at the Toronto Child & Family Network.
  •  TCBCC Board Members sit on the following Committees across Toronto – engaging with the community and City (Children’s Services), School Boards and Ministry of Education:
    • Toronto Child & Family Network (TC&FN) – Working table #3 – on Workforce Development (40 attendees)
    • Children’s Services AQI working group (15 attendees)
    • TDSB Early Years Committee (40 attendees)
    • TDSB – EYC – Facilities working group (5 attendees)
    • TCDSB – Best Start (22 attendees)
    • Min. of Ed Child Care & Early Years Advisory Committee CCEYA – Minister’s Steering Committee (20 attendees)
    • Ontario Early Years Committee – Toronto/Danforth District (Massey Centre) (20 members)
  • TCBCC Board members ALL participated in Min. of Ed consultations on the Child Care & Early Year’s Act (CCEYA) and wrote five response papers on changes proposed by the Ministry of Education to change the Day Nurseries Act (DNA) to the CCEYA.
  • TCBCC Board Members regularly respond to issues raised by childcare supervisors, staff, parents and staff. This is sometimes a shorter term response to a particular issue but as a board we build on this engagement building long term capacity within our community.  These are a few examples of ways in which we have adjusted our activities to be responsive to our members and the broader child care community in recent years:
    • The Operators Network a community Network (2013-present) was founded by TCBCC Board and Community Members responding to a high level of distress and concern about City policies and the child care community’s relationship with the City. The Operators group was founded in the East End of the City but now links over 120 Childcare Supervisors across the City. This is an “Operators’” network – and not led by the TCBCC – although the TCBCC Executive Coordinator is frequently asked to participate in the meetings and share/hear information and help to strategize.  Many TCBCC Board Members were founding members of the Operators’ Network.
    • Board Members hosted TCBCC Forums within the Child Care community in the East End, Downtown and the North (2014-2016) responding to the many concerns being raised by the child care community concerning the City’s Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI). We held a total of four forums (attended by 45-70 each time). We invited City staff to attend and hear directly from the community. The results were taken into consideration by Toronto Children’s Services and changes to the AQI were made to better support the Child Care Community.
    • As a follow-up to these forums and in response to community input we conducted a Child Care Community Survey on the AQI. With the help of our intern from Ryerson’s Early Childhood Leadership Degree program (who has since become a TCBCC Board Member!) we conducted a statistical analysis of the TCBCC membership’s perspective, which we shared with the City and the broader Child Care Community.
    • Board Members host TCBCC Community Child Care Budget Forums (annually) enabling the community to share resources, ideas and strategies with each other – to assist child care programs in building a Children’s Services Budget that supports their program.
  • A team of TCBCC Board and Community Members, in response to community demand, has developed a total of 30 Child Care Policies required by each child care program to meet licensing requirements for the Ministry as well as Children’s Services. We have made these resources available at a VERY low cost to child care programs (members and non-members) across the City to ease the workload for the child care community, to resource high quality, to build capacity and to raise funds for the important advocacy work of the TCBCC. We respond further to the community by producing and revising the policies that are requested.
  • Responded to a small group of North York Child Care programs and co-founded a small group coalition to respond to community needs. Several TCBCC Board Members worked closely with Community Members in the North End of the City. This is a small coalition of child care programs seeking support and engagement for the specific challenges they face. It is not led by the TCBCC – although the TCBCC Executive Coordinator is frequently asked to participate in the meetings and share/hear information and help to strategize.

Whenever requested, our Executive Coordinator and Board Members respond to and speak with other child care programs – sharing their expertise and resources. We have offered specific resources to Child Care Boards of Directors to support them through many challenges (i.e. City Budgets and Ministry of Education’s rollout of Full Day Kindergarten and Before & After School expansions).

Our AGM is coming up!  If you want to make a difference for our community and are interested in being on a committee or on the Board, please contact us!

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Funding for Extended Day Programs

The ministry is proposing changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act as currently, the regulation does not authorize the provision of general operating funding for board-operated extended day programs.

Timeline: These proposed changes are anticipated to come into effect July 1, 2018.

Posted in Child Care in the News.

Bill 10 passes third reading

Bill 10 Child Care Modernization Act 2014 has passed its third reading in the Ontario Legislature.

Check out the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care website for detailed information about the process and the future of Bill 10. Learn more.


Posted in Child Care in the News, Fall Update 2014.

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Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto

Child and Family Poverty is a growing issue in Toronto. Too many children live below the poverty line! Too many parents struggle to access essential services such as affordable, quality child care!

Read the new Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto here. Continued…

Posted in Child Care in the News, Fall Update 2014.

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Bill 10 Childcare Modernization Act UPDATE

The Child Care Modernization Act (Bill 10) is proceeding after passing the 2nd reading. Now the Bill will be examined by the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

This is an important milestone in our fight for an accessible, affordable and quality Child Care. Continued…

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City’s Parent Summit On Child Care

Parents!  Make sure you get to the City’s Parent Summit on Child Care

Wednesday November 19 at Toronto City Hall

and . . .Saturday November 22 at Etobicoke Civic Centre & Scarborough City Centre


Register for this summit today!


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