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October 28, 2005
Toronto City Council implementing $125 million Best Start plan to create new and improved access to child care
  
Toronto City Council has given overwhelming support to plans that will boost
spending on child care by $125 million over the next three years and add nearly
6,000 child care spaces in existing centres and school facilities across the
city. Funding for the program comes from the federal government’s national
child care program that allocates $5 billion to municipalities across the
country. The Province is overseeing implementation through its Best Start
initiative.

“This is an extremely important program for parents who are looking to the City
and other levels of government for support and resources in providing
high-quality care for young children,” said Mayor David Miller. “By adding
nearly 6,000 child care spaces in Toronto’s neighbourhoods we are ensuring that
the city’s youngsters will truly have the Best Start possible.”

Through Best Start, the City will build on the broader framework set out in the
Child Care Service Plan and create new and improved access to child care. In
consultation with the city’s school boards, school sites were identified where
classrooms could be converted into child care spaces or where additions could
be built. In the first phase, 1,668 licensed child care spaces will be created
by March 2006. Over the next two years, an additional 3,600 new spaces will be
added.

“The Best Start program represents significant growth in the child care system
while ensuring continued investment in the current network,” said Councillor
Olivia Chow, Children & Youth Advocate and Chairperson of the Mayor’s
Roundtable on Children, Youth & Education.
“Through the development of Early Learning and Care hubs, families will be
supported with access to integrated and seamless services.”

The City’s Child Care Service Plan is based on four key directions: improved
quality of services; development of a system of services for children;
improved, equitable access; and building broader public support for child care
services.


Media contacts:

Patchen Barss
Mayor’s Office
416-338-7134

Councillor Olivia Chow
416-392-4044



 

 

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