Inclusive child care for families of a child with special needs means:
- your family has access to early learning and care programs the same as all other families, and
- your child is welcome and treated in the same thoughtful and respectful way as all other children. Learn more
Accessing services and supports
If you are looking for support in a licensed child care program please phone the CITYKIDS central intake number at 416-920-6543. CITYKIDS offers a single point of access to the many services and supports offered by the network of agencies that serve children with special needs and their families.
If your child already attends a licensed child care program you can speak to the supervisor of the program who will assist you in receiving support from the Special Needs Resource Staff assigned to your child care or you can call 311.
Specialized nursery schools
The following specialized nursery schools provide an integrated half day child care program for children with special needs.
These programs are based on individual assessment and delivered in a classroom setting. Some programs have additional specialized supports available such as occupational therapy and speech pathology.
Child care fee subsidy
If your child has a documented special need, you may qualify for a child care fee subsidy even if you are not working or going to school.
If you or your child has a documented
special need, you may qualify for fee subsidy even if you are not
working or going to school. If you have expenses related to your special needs, in some cases these may lower your child care fee.
Your doctor, agency or another professional who
has an ongoing involvement with your family must provide written documentation of the
special need by completing one of the following forms:
The City of Toronto believes that every child belongs. We recognize that there are times when you may need more support with your child care arrangements or when your child is in child care. Children's Services resource staff, who specialize in services for children with special needs, can assist you at any time. You may be referred to a Resource Educator by your Caseworker or call 416-392-5437.