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City of Toronto’s Middle Childhood Strategy Framework

A presentation by Children’s Service staff on the Middle Childhood Strategy Framework was made to the Community Development and Recreation Committee (CDRC) in June.  Deputations on this report were made by both the Middle Childhood Matters Coalition and the Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care.

The community was given the opportunity to discuss this strategy framework before it went to committee at various tables during the spring months: the Children’s Services Advisory Cmte; the Child Care Advisory Cmte; the Middle Childhood Matters Coalition; the Best Start Network; as well as a community consultation in April.

The TCBCC has pushed hard to ensure that this strategy framework is developed with the school boards and community organizations as partners – and in fact, when staff presented before the CDRC two of our Councillors – Coun. Ainslie and Coun. Parker, asked just that:  “how are the school boards involved?”.

The TCBCC is very pleased that the staff have now established a Middle Childhood
Strategy working group, as a sub-group of the Best Start Network, that will include school board and community representatives.
A collaborative approach to developing this strategy becomes even more important in light of the Special Advisors Report which recommends that:

“The Early Years Policy Framework mandate school boards to offer …. A fee based extended day primary program, offering developmentally enriched programming for children from 6 to 8 years old …. (and) a fee-based after school programming for children 9-12 years old. . . operating 50 weeks of the year”

Posted in Child Care in the News, Summer Update 2009.

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