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From Reopening to Recovery: A plan for child care reopening in Ontario and moving to a publicly funded system

The Association of Early Childhood Educators (AECEO) and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) have released “From reopening to recovery: A plan for child care reopening in Ontario and moving to a publicly funded system”.

This report sets out the steps needed to ensure the safe, healthy reopening of child care and based on extensive consultation with the early years and child care sector this report presents 27 detailed recommendations to ensure a safe and healthy reopening and recovery.

The Toronto Community for Better Child Care (TCBCC) endorses these recommendations. Our children and families – and the educators that support them – deserve no less.

For more information and to read the report, please visit the OCBCC website:
https://www.childcareontario.org/from_reopening_to_recovery…

The report is also available on the AECEO website:
https://www.aeceo.ca/from_reopening_to_recovery…

With one-click you can send a message to your federal and provincial politicians telling them to support child care from reopening to recovery. Your email will be sent to your MP, MPP, and federal and provincial government and opposition leaders.

https://www.childcareontario.org/child_care_needs_a_safe_reopening_and_recovery

 

Posted in Advocacy, Campaigns/Events.


TCBCC Webinar: Applying for CEWS and CEBA

The TCBCC will be hosting a webinar, Applying for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) & Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA), on Wednesday, May 20th 2020 at 10:00am. The webinar will feature three Toronto-based Child Care Operators who have successfully applied for funding. You can register for this free webinar by emailing info@childcaretoronto.org. The Child Care Operators will be available to answer questions based on their experience, so please submit any specific questions that you have about CEWS and/or CEBA when registering. It will help us to better meet your needs.

Posted in Webinar.


TCBCC Webinar: Setting up an online CRA Business Account for a Child Care Centre

Thank you to everyone who completed the Child Care Community Questionnaire. Your concerns and feedback were incredibly insightful and will serve to ensure that we are amplifying your voice through our ongoing advocacy efforts. Based on the Questionnaire results, the Toronto Community for Better Child Care is working on a variety of resources to support and meet the needs of the Toronto child care community during this uncertain time.

Many of you had expressed an interest in applying for funding to sustain your child care program during the COVID-19 closures. To help navigate the various funding models that have been rolled out by the Federal Government, the TCBCC is working on a Series of Webinars, the first of which will take place on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at 10:00am. This webinar will focus specifically on Setting up an online CRA Business Account for a Child Care Centre and feature three Toronto-based Child Care Operators who have successfully applied for funding. You can register for this free webinar by emailing info@childcaretoronto.org. The Child Care Operators will be available to answer questions based on their experience, so please submit any specific questions that you have about setting up a CRA Business Account when registering. It will help us to better meet your needs. Future webinars in the series will cover the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) calculator and application portal, the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) and creating a subplan for your centre.

We appreciate how challenging it has been for the Toronto child care community during this time, but we are in this together. By sharing our collective knowledge and experiences we make the community strong.

Posted in Webinar.


The impact of COVID-19 on Toronto’s Child Care Centres

Amy O’Neil, Director of Treetop Children’s Centre and Co-Chair of the Toronto Community for Better Child Care, was recently interviewed by Global News about the impact that COVID-19 related child care centre closures  has had on Toronto’s child care community. Owner-operators of Toronto’s privately run child care centres say they may be forced to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The move could leave thousands of families without a daycare spot to come back to; this is true for Toronto’s non-profit early learning and child care programs as well. Many of Toronto’s child care programs don’t have the financial capacity to carry them through this period of extended closures.

To view the full Global News story by Melanie Zettler, follow the link below:
https://globalnews.ca/video/6835498/coronavirus-torontos-privately-run-daycares-in-jeopardy-of-closure

Original air date: April 17, 2020 on Global News at 5:30pm.

Posted in Child Care in the News.


Child Care Community Advocacy

On Monday, April 13th, Amy O’Neil, the Director of Treetop Children’s Centre and the Co-Chair of the Toronto Community for Better Child Care, spoke in an interview with Metro Morning about the importance of Federal and Provincial funding to sustain the child care sector during this period of extended closure. Without a strategic stabilization funding plan, many child care centres across the city of Toronto will not be in a position to reopen.

O’Neil explained “the Toronto Child Care sector is already in crisis, with very few spaces available for families. It could potentially, without funding from the Federal and Provincial Government, collapse the already fragile system… (child care) spaces can’t be saved if child care centres cannot reopen when the time comes. Some centres, unfortunately, won’t be able to sustain this because they won’t have the reserves, the backup funding, to continue to pay their overhead costs.”

Thank you, Amy, for advocating for the Toronto child care community. For the full Interview, listen to the clip on our facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/tocbcc/videos/1083015908743435/

Together, we make the community strong.

Posted in Child Care in the News.


TCBCC Child Care Community Questionniare

The Toronto Community for Better Child Care (TCBCC) is actively advocating at all levels of Government on behalf of our members and the Toronto child care community. We appreciate that the current climate has left the child care community in a state of uncertainty and feeling isolated. We want you to know that you are not alone in these experiences and that we will continue to champion for early learning and child care.

We have created a questionnaire to enable us to better support the Toronto Child Care community and identify unique needs, concerns and challenges. We are taking a solution-based approach to engaging with decision-makers and have created this questionnaire to ensure that we are encapsulating the needs of centres, programs and the early learning and child care workforce in Toronto. Please see the link below to access the questionnaire:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-cnayMhPIVMMuaRj6jCTuyAdybvjzSuWznUKY4_C-_q14-Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire; it should take approximately ten minutes. All information received will be kept confidential.

Please submit the completed survey AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Your participation in this survey is valued and appreciated.

Together, we make the community strong.

Posted in Uncategorized.


Jane is retiring!

Save the date – Evening of April 23rd, 2020!

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Community for Better Child Care, I am writing to announce the retirement of our loyal and passionate childcare advocate, community organizer, and Executive Coordinator, Jane Mercer, in March of this year. Jane has been a faithful and long-time employee with the TCBCC and her passion for children, families, staff, and high-quality childcare has never ceased. Her over 20 years of service with the TCBCC will always be missed! Jane’s dedication and selfless hard work are an example for everyone to follow. We hope that Jane achieves much more in the life that lies ahead as she continues to inspire us with her enthusiasm in all that she does.

Please help us in welcoming Abigail Doris, (RECE,) to the role of Executive Director with the Toronto Community for Better Child Care effective April 6th, 2020.  Abigail brings with her a wealth of experience in advocacy, community building, social justice, and building and supporting collaborative learning environments. Abigail served as a project officer for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care for their project on the national network on early learning and childcare, human resources, innovation, and decent work. We are very excited for Abigail to join our organization and continue to act as a champion for change in our community!

As a tribute to Jane, the TCBCC is asking you to save the date of April 23rd, 2020 for an evening to honor and appreciate Jane as an esteemed member of the child-care sector, and to welcome Abigail. This will be a chance for the community to come together and celebrate our hard work. More details will follow.

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work”. C.S. Lewis

Kind regards,

Amy O’Neil, H.B.A., ECS, RECE  

Co-Chair, Toronto Community for Better Child Care

Posted in Campaigns/Events, Organization Reports.


CPL Workshop – Saturday February 29th

NEW – SATURDAY February 29th !! – Still some Space 😊

Developing Your CPL Portfolio

Delivered by Vanushan Maheenthon, Learn and Grow Consulting

This one day workshop is designed for Early Childhood Educators that need guidance in completing their CPL portfolio before their deadline.  By taking this series, participants will have completed 80% of their portfolio and be knowledgeable regarding the final 20%.    This series is an excellent opportunity for your staff to collaborate with each other to create effective goals appropriate for your center.  In previous sessions many participants had found creating center or classroom-based goals to be an effective method in complying with the CPL portfolio requirements.

 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29  -  9:30 – 3:30

 1370 Don Mills Road, Suite 300.

Workshop Fee:  $125 per person

Register 4 staff or more and the price is only $100 per person….

CPL – Registration Form – February 29th 2020

Please forward registration information and questions by email to:  jane@childcaretoronto.org

Posted in TCBCC Campaigns/Events.


Become a TCBCC Community Builder 2020

  • You must be a current TCBCC organizational member and support the mandate of the TCBCC – a network of non-profit child care programs working towards a system of high quality, regulated, accessible, affordable not-for-profit child care in Toronto
  • Become eligible to apply for Our Community Build Grant for Toys & Equipment up to *$500 per year, (first come first served as funds allow)

Posted in TCBCC Campaigns/Events.


2020 City Budget – Call for Action to Child Care Crisis – Jan 20

 

2020 City Budget:  falls short and fails families on promised Child Care!

Toronto has a Child Care crisis: a desperate shortage of affordable, high quality child care spaces and the subsidies to access it. Toronto’s Child Care Growth strategy approved by Council promised to address this with a concrete plan to ensure that our child care system grows. But the City’s draft Budget does NOT deliver what was promised. The child care funding falls way short!

2020 City Budget – Call for Action to Child Care Crisis – Jan 20 – flyer

Posted in TCBCC Campaigns/Events, Your Voice.