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January 22, 2008
City of Toronto launches online guide to quality child care
  
Toronto Children’s Services has launched a website to help parents make informed decisions about quality child care. At a demonstration of the website today, Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee and Brenda Patterson, General Manager of Toronto Children’s Services, explained how the new site uses scores based on the Toronto Operating Criteria service standards to rate how child care centres across Toronto are measuring up.

The site, http://www.toronto.ca/children/quality.htm, lists more than 900 child care centres that operate in Toronto. A search tool allows parents to search for child care by postal code, ward or centre name. Centres are rated on important areas of quality, such as programming, activities, health, safety, interaction and nutrition. The site also provides information about each centre, including contact information, age groups served, vacancy rates and whether a centre receives subsidy. Toronto is the first jurisdiction in Canada to make this level of information available to parents.

“The Mayor and City Council have made a commitment to be open and transparent, and the need for transparency can’t be greater than when were we’re talking about the well-being of this city’s children,” said Councillor Mihevc. “We believe that by posting the scores of child care centres, operators will be motivated to ensure that they score well, improving the quality of child care across the city.”

“The most important thing to any parent is their children. When deciding to entrust their children’s care to others they need all the reassurance they can get that they are leaving them in the best possible hands,” said Brenda Patterson. “Children’s Services takes this responsibility seriously and we continually look for new ways to make our service and quality better. This website offers parents a new tool to help them choose quality licensed child care so they can be confident in the well-being of their children.”

The City of Toronto is the second largest provider of child care in Canada, with more than 54,800 licensed child care spaces, second only to Quebec. The City works collaboratively with Toronto Public Health and the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to ensure that child care centres comply with regulations and offer safe, clean and healthy environments for children.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Media contacts:
Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s)
416-392-0208
mihevc@toronto.ca
Brenda Patterson
General Manager, Children’s Services
416-392-8134
bpatter2@toronto.ca


 

 

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