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“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

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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.

http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/showAttachment.do?postingId=24908&attachmentId=35232

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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…

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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

SPEAK OUT AND HAVE YOUR SAY!  LET THE DECISION MAKERS KNOW WHAT’S TRUELY IMPORTANT TO YOU!

Register for this summit today!

Continued…

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OCT 27 2014 Election Results!

A New City Council has been elected!

Check out who is your new city councillor here!

Do they support our fight for affordable and accessible licensed child care? see if they joined the I Depend on Child Care Campaign here.

 

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Fall Newsletter Update 2014

 With the rollout of Full Day Kindergarten in its fifth year and the Childcare Modernization Act Bill 10 expected to pass by the end of the year, Child Care programs continue to face an uncertain future. As well, with newly elected provincial and municipal governments and a federal election ahead, we can expect a very busy year. We will seize every opportunity to fight for an affordable, accessible system!

Click here to read the full TCBCC Fall Newsletter Update.

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