Join the Centralized Forum Meeting on Tuesday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m. via WebEx. If asked, toronto1 is the password.

Vision

The Child Care and Early Learning sector in Toronto, including service providers, policy makers and planners, have a collaborative meeting space where information-sharing and constructive dialogue can support the advancement of a quality Child Care and Early Learning system.

Nominations for Co-Facilitators

Are you interested in helping to plan and facilitate the meetings for the Child Care and Early Learning Forum? We are looking for Co-Facilitators in the east and north district.

September / October 2018

Centralized Français
Tuesday
September 25
North York Civic Centre,
Council Chambers,
5100 Yonge St
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
(This meeting will also be streamed online. Login details at the top of the page.)
Tuesday
October 2
North York Civic Centre,
Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Past Meetings

May 2018

Centralized Français
Wednesday May 23
Metro Hall, 3rd Floor,
Room 308/309
55 John Street
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday May 29
North York Civic Centre,
Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge Street
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

February 2018

North

South

East

West

Français

Tuesday
February 13,
North York Civic Centre,
Council Chambers,
5100 Yonge Street
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
*Webex meeting, with partners

Thursday
February 15,
City Hall,
Council Chambers,
100 Queen Street W,
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Monday
February 26,
East District Office,
325 Milner Ave,
9th floor
Community Room A+B
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday
February 14,
Etobicoke Civic Centre,
Council Chambers
399 The West Mall
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday
February 28,
North York Civic Centre,
Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

District North South East West
Co-facilitator Vacant Donna Spreitzer
Jackman Community Daycare
jackman.donna@bellnet.ca
Irene Sheridan
Heart Beatz Child Care- Cliffcrest and Halbert Sites
daycarecliffcrest@bellnet.ca
Vacant
Director Therese Damaso Karen Wilson Karen Wilson Therese Damaso

Français

  • Comité consultatif des services de garde
  • Conseillère de la Ville de Toronto, Services à l’enfance : Eve-Anne Tremblay
  • Directrice de District : Therese Damaso

September 25, 2018

Main Item:
  1. Child Care Growth Strategy – update and results from year 1.
Updates:
  1. Toronto Public Health
  2. Toronto District School Board
  3. Toronto Catholic District School Board
  4. Toronto Children’s Services:
    • Service Plan 2020-2024
    • Inclusive Programming
    • EarlyON
    • Funding and Budgets
    • Minor Capital Health and Safety
    • Placement Directive and Vacancies – new website
    • Expression of Interest – new website
    • My Child Care Account

Purpose

The purpose of the Forum is to create a place where:

  1. The Child Care and Early Learning sector can hear information directly from the City, the Province and the School Boards on issues and initiatives that affect the Child Care and Early Learning system.
  2. Children’s Services and other planning and decision-making bodies can seek input and feedback from the Child Care and Early Learning sector on initiatives that affect early learning and child care.
  3. The Child Care and Early Learning sector can raise issues, ask questions and promote dialogue on the child care system.

Vision

The Child Care and Early Learning sector in Toronto, including service providers, policy makers and planners, have a collaborative meeting space where information-sharing and constructive dialogue can support the advancement of a quality Child Care and Early Learning system.

Principles

  1. We are partners working for a quality child care system.
  2. We value collaborative engagement.
  3. We value each other’s professionalism and experience.
  4. We understand that we are a complex system with many different, valuable contributors.

Participation

Attendance and participation at meetings will be open to all interested parties; however, meetings will be intended for the following participants:

  • Child Care and Early Learning operators and service managers in Toronto
  • City of Toronto (Toronto Children’s Services; Toronto Public Health)
  • Ministry of Education
  • School boards serving Toronto
  • Others, as relevant to agenda items

Toronto Children’s Services will attend and support all meetings.

Representatives from the Ministry of Education, the school boards and Public Health will attend to present on key initiatives of relevance and interest and to answer emerging questions, where possible.

Meeting Structure

Frequency and Location

Forum meetings will take place three times a year, including one centralized English-language meeting and one centralized French-language meeting.  Centralized meetings help ensure more consistent information-sharing with all operators.

Meetings will take place in January, May and September in locations near easy transit access and with parking options.

English-language meetings will alternate between locations in the North and locations in the South.  Meetings will be live-streamed to allow for remote participation for those unable to attend in person.

French-speaking meetings will take place approximately a week after the English meeting.

Schedules, locations, agendas, updates, and materials for all meetings will be posted at toronto.ca/children/forum.

Meeting Facilitation

The French-speaking Forum and each English-speaking Forum will have co-facilitators, one from the Child Care and Early Learning community and one from Children’s Services.

Co-facilitators will share the role of chairing the meetings and will be responsible for:

  • Keeping meetings on time and focused on the agenda items
  • Helping to maintain a positive and productive meeting space
  • Facilitating the open question period
  • Helping meetings achieve the Forum’s purpose, vision and principles

Selection and length of term – Community Co-Facilitator

  • There will be one English-speaking Community Co-Facilitator for each of the four districts and one French-speaking Community Co-Facilitator.
  • The co-facilitator role will be a two year term, with the option of multiple and consecutive terms, if approved by the Forum participants.
  • Nominations for the co-facilitator role should:
    • be a Child Care Operator or Supervisor of a centre-based licensed child care program in the City of Toronto;
    • operate in the district they seek to represent; and
    • have a funding relationship with the Children’s Services, be in good standing with TCS Operating Standards, and meet the minimum AQI standards.
  • The Community Co-Facilitator will be nominated through childcare@toronto.ca and endorsed at a Forum meeting.
  • When there are multiple nominations, an anonymous voting process will be used.
  • The Community Co-Facilitator for the upcoming term should be selected and approved before the current term ends.

Agenda Setting Team

  • An Agenda Setting Team will review the issues raised and action items from previous meetings, discuss and identify potential agenda items. This process will be conducted in a manner that is suitable and mutually agreeable to all team members (e.g. in person meeting, by phone, by email).
  • The Agenda Setting Team will include the Ministry of Education, the school boards, Toronto Public Health (TPH), Children’s Services and the Community Co-Facilitators. Children’s Services will connect with the Ministry, TPH, and the school boards to identify their respective agenda items.
  • The Co-Facilitators, including the community representatives and the Children’s Services representative will coordinate the process.
  • Each team member will be responsible for consulting with their professional peers and colleagues to identify potential agenda items to bring to the agenda setting process.
  • The Co-Facilitators will be responsible for finalizing the agenda once all agenda setting team members have been consulted.
  • The Agenda Setting Team will ensure that they consider the requirement of French Speakers and content at the French Forum. English presentations are acceptable where French-language speakers and presentations are not possible. The Bilingual Consultant will be available at French-language meetings to support communication and interpretations.
  • Agendas will be posted on the Forum website at least one week in advance of meetings.
  • Annually, the agenda setting team will forecast agenda items for the upcoming year, to the greatest extent possible. Prior to each meeting, any new, arising items will be added to the agenda and forecasted items will be confirmed or removed.

Meeting Minutes and Materials

  • Children’s Services will be responsible for taking and posting meeting minutes.
  • Meeting minutes will be action oriented, capturing only a brief summary of agenda items, while focusing on key actions arising from the meeting.
  • Minutes and, where possible, materials shared will be posted on the Forum webpage.

Raising & Tracking Key System Questions and Issues:

  • When key system questions or issues are raised they will be brought to the Agenda Setting Team for review and follow-up.
  • The Agenda Setting Team will revise items for consideration on future agendas.
  • Key system questions, issues and follow-up will be documented on the Forum website.
  • A number of channels will be developed to raise key system questions and issues, including email, on-line, in meetings and through the Agenda Setting Team.

Child Care and Early Learning Forum Principles

  1. We are partners working for a quality child care system
    1. All participants are partners in supporting Toronto’s child care system
    2. All participants are partners in maintaining and improving the quality of child care in Toronto
    3. All participants strive to increase access to quality child care for all families.
  2. We value collaborative engagement
    1. We recognize that the child care sector is stronger for children and families when all parties work together as partners, including in times of transformation and stability.
    2. We recognize that having and sharing different views and approaches can lead to constructive dialogue, which can create better outcomes.
    3. We recognize that the child care sector is a complex system that experiences significant change and that these changes impact the working environments of all participants
    4. We recognize that responding to changes in the child care system is a shared experience amongst all participants and that this can help us work together as partners throughout the transformation process.
  3. We value each other’s professionalism and experience
    1. We acknowledge that all members of the child care sector have valuable knowledge and experience that should be heard and responded to, and should inform child care planning and decision-making.
    2. We acknowledge the importance of sharing back the results of a consultation with those who were consulted and reporting on how the input and feedback influenced the planning or decision-making.
  4. We understand that we are a complex system with many different, valuable contributors
    1. We recognize that there are many contributors in the child care sector and that each one brings unique value to the child care sector.
    2. We acknowledge that the child care system is complex and is made up of many diverse child care Operators with differing needs and preferences.
    3. We recognize that the goal of child care planning and decision-making is always to support a quality child care system for families and children and that it may be difficult to meet all needs and preferences all of the time.

Summary of the Forum Review Process (formerly District Child Care Advisories)

The enclosed Terms of Reference were developed by a District Child Care Advisories (DCCA) Strategic Review Team, which included child care operators and Children’s Services staff. It was informed by a consultation with participants of the former DCCAs, and reviewed and approved by participants at DCCA meetings.

Initiation of DCCA review

Feedback from Child Care Operators in March 2015 indicated a need to review and strengthen the DCCAs.

Consultation

A survey about the DCCAs was completed by 447 respondents in April 2016. Respondents included child care operators and supervisors, home child care providers, and partners of the DCCAs (e.g. Children’s Services staff, school boards, Ministry of Education, and others with invested interests). The DCCA survey captured opinions, experiences and suggestions about:

  • Awareness, attendance, and accessibility
  • Current levels and areas of satisfaction
  • Future directions
  • Other related opportunities for child care operators.

Development and Review of Recommendations

A Strategic Review Team, comprised of child care operators and Children’s Services staff reviewed the survey results and developed recommendations for how to strengthen the DCCAs. The team presented the results and recommendations at DCCA meetings in September, 2016. Meeting participants shared feedback and confirmed their agreement through an instant clicker-polling format.

Development and Launch of New Terms of Reference

The Strategic Review Team developed the approved recommendations into a new Terms of Reference, which was then posted online and open for feedback from the child care community. In February, 2016, the finalized Terms of Reference was officially launched under its new name: the Child Care and Early Learning Forum (“the Forum”).

As part of the revised Child Care and Early Learning Forum (formerly the DCCA), meetings will be facilitated by a rep from the child child care sector (operator) and a rep from Children’s Services.

What does the co-facilitator role entail?

Co-facilitate meetings in their district (North, South, East, or West), as well as the city-wide Forum meetings on a rotation basis. This includes:

  • Keeping meetings on time and focused on the agenda items
  • Facilitating the open question period (e.g. directing questions to the right person if they’re present, asking that an action be included in the minutes to bring back answers or responses, etc…)
  • Helping meetings achieve the Forum’s vision and principles of being a collaborative and positive space.
  • Be members of the agenda setting team (see below);
  • Help identify agenda items for Forum meetings.

How will the community co-facilitators be selected? How long will the position be for?

The community co-facilitator will be nominated and elected at a Forum meeting. Interested persons can either nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. If nominated by someone else, the nominees must agree.

Participants at the Forum will vote for a nominee through an anonymous process. The co-facilitators will hold the role for a two year term. He or she can hold this role for multiple and consecutive two year terms, as long as they continue to be elected by the Forum’s participants.

If there is only one nominee the person will be acclaimed.

How do I nominate myself or someone else?

To nominate yourself or another person please send an email to childcare@toronto.ca with: “Forum Co-facilitator” in the subject line.

What is the agenda setting team?

The agenda setting team includes the Forum co-facilitators and staff from Children’s Services, the Ministry of Education, the school boards, and Public Health.

The team will review questions and issues raised by the community and action items from past meetings to develop the agendas for future Forum meetings

Looking for further information? Email childcare@toronto.ca