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Calling All “Super”visors!

The Toronto Coalition for Better Childcare invites Supervisors to get together to take a break!

Hear speaker Sue Hunter share her energy and her motivation

Join the TCBCC team for lunch and the TCBCC AGM – Nov 8 2017

Read More  invitation TCBCC SUPER – VISORS Nov 8, 2017

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TCBCC AGM Minutes – Dec 14, 2016

December 14, 2016
Meeting started at 12:05 p.m.
Attendance: Lisa Tjernstrom, Kathleen Clancy, Anna Vizzari, Manpreet Chana, Patricia
Stathopoulos, Kim Stevenson, Irene Udo, Donna Spreitzer, Barb Yost, Donna Robinson, Neena
Locke, Jane Mercer

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Toronto should boost child-care spending by $11M over 3 years, budget chief says – CBC News

Budget going to council will match 20% of new provincial, federal funds over 3 years, Gary Crawford says

Toronto Budget Chief Gary Crawford says the city will make good on its promise to match a portion of new provincial and federal funding for child care.

“The bottom line is we are living up to our commitment,” Crawford told CBC Toronto on Monday.

Crawford said the city’s budget committee will recommend on Tuesday, as part of the city’s final 2018 budget, that council commit $11 million over three years to child care. The recommendation will be made to Mayor John Tory’s executive committee. Council is scheduled to consider the budget on Feb. 12 and 13.


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Toronto urged to ‘step up’ for child care in 2018 budget – Toronto Star

Toronto’s 2018 child-care budget ignores council promise to match senior government funding by 20 per cent, advocates say.








“This is a false budget. It is a shell game,” said East York-area Councillor Janet Davis, a longtime child care advocate.

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Daycare sticker shock tied to minimum wage, Jan. 14 – Toronto Star

No information from Province or City on on previous commitment made to helping child-care programs with their minimum wage requirements

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TDSB to offer “extended-day program” staffed by full-time early-childhood educators employed by the board. – Toronto Star

The TDSB has been relying on school-based child care and recreation programs to provide after-hours care for children from kindergarten to Grade 6.

But a staff report, to be debated by a board committee Wednesday, says many child-care programs are unable to meet demand because they don’t have enough space and can’t find enough early-childhood educators willing to work split shifts. About 23 per cent of schools offer no before- and after-school care, the report adds.







Toronto mother Dawn Barclay, seen here in a June 2017 file photo, has been unable to find after-school child care for her daughter Layla who started junior kindergarten last fall.  (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR)

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Minister acknowledges ‘challenges’ to families as daycares raise costs due to minimum wage hike – Toronto Star

Taryn Aitken

Mother, Taryn Aitken said her daycare costs have gone up by $368 per month due to Ontario’s minimum wage hike. (Michael Aitkins/CBC)


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Did Children’s Services cut your budget and say it was because your staff are overpaid and you had too many staff?

97% of programs have City daily rates that do not cover their full fee cost!

The most common reasons for refusal to pay full fee costs:

  • Staff are overpaid
  • Programs had too many staff
  • Overall program costs are too high
  • Administration costs are too high
  • They wanted Child Care Programs to pay less for food
  • Too much spent on housekeeping supplies
  • Staff Benefits are too expensive
This from a department that in its “Growth Strategy Report” states
  •  Investments in salaries are also investments in affordability. Low public fees contribute to low salaries and difficulty recruiting and retaining staff which impacts the quality of learning environments. Building a thriving workforce is an important pillar of the Growth Strategy. To achieve this, actions must improve recruitment and retention through appropriate salaries and stable jobs.
  • Investment was necessary in key areas … <including> administration … as necessary supports for successful growth

This from a department that in its highly touted “Raising the Village Report” states

    • only 1 in 5 children get the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables
    • 1 in 3 food bank visits are made by children.
This from a department whose own own childcare programs have set a great standard by having among the highest pay scales for its employees, the best employee benefit programs and the among highest administration costs in the sector in Toronto
This from a department whose inspection department has produced volumes of assessments and guidelines with hundreds of items including on food, housekeeping and administration that the city inspectors come in to rate and post publicly.  This is in addition to provincial inspections for compliance to quality standards.

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$1MM being cut from the net budget for Child Care!

Deputation to Budget Committee- January 10,2018

Thank-you for the opportunity to speak to this Budget. My Name is Jane Mercer and I’m speaking on behalf of the Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care, we represent over 20,000 families in our member centres and speak for thousands more who desperately need access to affordable, high quality child care.

Councillors YOU have told Torontonians again and again over the last term that you understand CHILD CARE is vital to our  City – You have told us you understand young families will not be able to LIVE and WORK in this City without it . . . .  that you understand that child care supports not only the workforce of today but our future workforce as well.

Your commitment has never been as strong as when. . . .

This Summer Toronto’s 10 year Child Care Growth Strategy – called for significant Investment from ALL 3 levels of government – and it was adopted by YOU, Council virtually unanimously 😊. . . We were so excited and thankful for the leadership you showed at such a critical time and we believe it was instrumental in bringing the Province and the Federal governments to the table.

Thanks to YOUR leadership . . . The Province and the Federal governments HAVE come to the table and they have come with $56 million for child care IN Toronto over 2017/2018 – and with the City’s commitment to match these $$ by 20% PARENTS knew that we would finally be growing MORE child Care space, MORE child care subsidies, and lowering Parent Fees!

So what Happened .???

In this Budget . . .There is NO NEW INVESTMENT from the CITY of Toronto . . . NONE of what COUNCIL committed to just a couple of months ago . . .

Now . . we don’t know exactly HOW this budget process works . . . We don’t fully understand What goes in to it at this stage and what doesn’t and Who makes those decisions  . . . . it appears as though most of the Provincial $$ have been added in (but not all of them) . . . it appears as though funding for increase in City staff has been added in . . .

So . . . why was the promised INVESTMENT of City $$ to INCREASE subsidies and Lower Parent fees NOT added in? . . . In fact to our horror there is 1 million being CUT! From the net budget . . .

We’re SAVING money for the city on Child Care???

Again, I will concede we do NOT exactly understand how THIS budget made it to the table but PARENTS DO UNDERSTAND that it is their Councillors that make the FINAL decision –

And So we URGE you to KEEP your PROMISE to PARENTS TO INVEST in Child Care


Make sure that EVERY Federal, Provincial and City Child Care dollar that has been committed - makes it’s way INTO this budget and . . . ALL the way through to delivering service on the frontline.

That means PUT IT DIRECTLY into:

  • Child care subsides for low income families
  • General Operating Funding to reduce Parent Fees and improve salaries
  • And Pay Child Care programs their TRUE and actual costs – because that Gap between Actual Costs and the Per Diems paid by the City – is One very big reason why Parents Fees keep going UP!

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Children’s Services unwilling to pay full fee cost for 97% of Programs!

Deputation: Budget 2018 – Jan 10th 2018


My name is June Hall, I am a Board member of the Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care and Director of Main Square Day Care centre.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you this afternoon

On behalf of Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care I surveyed 119 not-for profit day care centres within its total membership.  We were concerned that the City of Toronto had not paid the rates the day cares had budged for.  We conducted a survey in the late fall of 2017 among our members to see if the City was paying their rates as budgeted by the day care centres.     This survey was conducted among the TCBCC membership.

Participant Details

  • 119 day care centres were sent surveys
  • 48 surveys were returned, which represents a 40 % response rate (which is a very good return rate for an external online survey)
  • 31 wards were represented in these responses
  • This included a total of 5639 licensed spaces Of which 1936 were subsidy spaces And 2880.50 were full fee
  • 822.50 of the total spaces were vacant


Our data showed on average child care fees were underfunded by the City of Toronto for 2017 by the following amounts;

  • Infants—$4.68 per day per child
  • Toddlers-$4.49 per day per child
  • Preschool 4.57 per day per child
  • Kindergarten $ 4.09 per day per child
  • School Age $ 3.17 per day per child

The budget year starts in January and the City did not confirm rates until May.

When they did confirm rates, it was far less than programs had budgeted for and by then it was too late to adjust expenses.

Based on a 40% response rate child care programs lost $750,102.17.  If these numbers are the same for the remaining 60% who did not respond, we are potentially looking at a figure in excess of 1 million dollars.

The most common reasons given by City staff for these cuts were;

  • Staff are overpaid.  Does the City want us to pay our staff less?
  • Program costs are too high. Program requirements are dictated by the Province and City and we are responding to those requirements.
  • Administration costs are high. How do we attract good people?
  • They want us to pay less for food. How do we do that? (gift cards from Loblaws)
  • We spend too much on housekeeping supplies. Do they want us not to have a clean and sanitary day care?
  • Staff benefits are too expensive. The benefits we give are staff are less than what the City of Toronto gives similar staff and it goes on and on.

Our survey indicates in order to meet these rate cuts by the City of Toronto cuts will occur across all aspects of the budget including staff salaries and benefits, food for the children etc. etc.

Rates will have to increase for non-subsidized families.

The City has in fact reduced funding in the system by compromising good quality programs.  You can’t expand good quality programs if you are taking money out of the system.

If you underpay child care programs parents have to pay more.

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