What People Are Saying About Ontario's New Child Care Regulations
"As a member of the Atkinson Centre's Early Years Task Force, I am encouraged by the ministry's commitment to ensure quality early learning and care environments for young children. We are also pleased to support the ministry in evaluating potential alternative models, including identifying potential challenges and developing recommendations."
-- Francesca Dobbin, Director of Family Programs & Services, University of Toronto
"George Brown College is pleased to model best practices in early childhood programming. The new optional model is intended to reduce transitions for very young children; combined with more trained staff this will amplify the quality of programming children receive. A staged approach to implementing the new regulations will contribute to community confidence and allow the ministry and service providers to adjust along the way. We look forward to continued collaborations with the Ministry of Education, early childhood experts and other child care providers to demonstrate the advantages of the new design."
- Patricia Chorney Rubin, Director, Community Services and Early Childhood, George Brown College
"The Atkinson Centre at the University of Toronto is pleased to have worked with the Ministry of Education in developing these regulations. They respond to changes in child care resulting from full-day kindergarten, but are motivated by the promotion of quality environments for children. We look forward to working with the ministry in evaluating the new ratios and groupings. The evaluation should not only identify potential challenges but also the resources the sector may require as it transitions. The overall approach the ministry has proposed is an excellent example of public policy development guided by the best available evidence."
- Kerry McCuaig, Policy Fellow, Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto
"AMO supports this effort to modernize child care and early years education. A strong foundation improves outcomes for children. It encourages life-long learning, and helps people realize their full potential. Updates to regulations are needed to protect the health and safety of children and to promote well-being. The changes promote equity. Safe, high-quality and affordable programs should be available for all. The ministry and municipalities work together to achieve this. For example, municipal governments and District Social Service Administration Boards help to plan, manage and co-fund local child care."
- President Gary McNamara, Association of Municipalities of Ontario
"YMCA Ontario appreciates the Ministry of Education's commitment to child care modernization. We are pleased to see the constructive dialogue that has resulted in exploring how we can all contribute to better educational and developmental outcomes for children and better possibilities for families.
YMCAs across Ontario recognize the opportunities that child care modernization presents. The YMCA supports child care that is accessible, affordable, high-quality and provides more options for families. We look forward to the continued engagement of the Ministry of Education to ensure the best outcomes for families."
- Linda Cottes, RECE, Chair -YMCA Ontario Child Care Advisory Group