Backgrounder: Kingston Road East Early Learning & Child Care Centre
August 25, 2017
Located at 3392 Kingston Road East, within the Orchard Grove Co-op, the Kingston Road Early Learning & Child Care Centre is in Ward 36 – Southwest Scarborough. The centre’s capacity is currently 54 children with one infant room, two toddler rooms and one preschool room.
Kingston Road Early Learning & Child Care Centre (ELCCC) was formerly known as Orchard Grove Child Care Centre. This was a licensed non-profit community child care program operated by a voluntary board of directors. Due to operational and financial issues at the centre, it ceased operations in 2012.
After a thorough review process, the City of Toronto’s Children’s Services Division came forward with a proposal later that year to renovate and then operate the centre. Funding approval was obtained in November 2012 and planning took place until the Request for Proposal (RFP) was put forth in March 2015. Construction began in May 2016 and was completed just over a year later in October 2016.
The current project cost for this centre (final reconciliation underway) is $1,633,411.
Kingston Road East Early Learning & Child Care Centre began placing children into its programs in March 2017.
- Two-storey space in a co-op housing complex (previously child care space under another operator)
- Major renovation of the existing space according to Child Care Design and Technical Guideline best practices as well as Toronto Public Health and Ontario Ministry of Education requirements
- Open, bright and spacious playrooms, high ceilings, large windows
- Warm interior colour palette with muted colours such as beige, brown and gray
- Playgrounds entirely renovated with dedicated play spaces for each age group.
Child Care Design and Technical Guideline
Children’s Services has a lead role in the infrastructure planning of services for children in Toronto. The Toronto Child Care Service Plan 2015-2019, includes a capital strategy that sets out principles and priorities for allocating capital funds to develop new child care and renovate existing space. The plan also looks to expand child care capacity and improve access to high quality child care environments.
These design guidelines continue to support the City of Toronto’s recognition of the importance of physical environments in the development of children. By following the design and technical recommendations found in the Guideline, we can ensure that child care spaces are safe, functional, developmentally appropriate, child-friendly and accessible for children. The recommendations are not mandatory unless otherwise stated. It is intended for use by those designing or constructing new child care projects or renewing existing ones, whether in stand-alone facilities or as part of larger facilities. It outlines best practice design choices with regards to sustainability and the creation of inspired functional spaces for children and staff.
Some of the areas covered in the Guideline include entryways, corridors, sleep rooms, play rooms, kitchens, washrooms, staff rooms and outdoor play areas. The Child Care Design and Technical Guideline also provides recommendations pertaining to the use of materials, such as those used for outdoor landscaping, doors and windows, wall and ceiling finishes and window treatments.
The Child Care Design and Technical Guidelinecan be found online at http://www.toronto.ca/children/childcaredesign.
Toronto’s child care sector (as of June 2017)
In the city of Toronto, over 1,000 child care centres and 19 home child care agencies provide over 72,000 licensed child care spaces for the city’s children. 406 child care centres are located in elementary schools. The City of Toronto operated 54 child care centres.
Child care costs
Child care operators set their own public fees and these vary across age groups and between centres.
|Program||Low-range (per day)||Mid-range (per day)||High-range (per day)|
|Before/After School age||$20.46||$25.00||$33.89|
Subsidized child care
For families who cannot afford the public fee, a child care fee subsidy is available to help with all or part of the cost.
- 28,975 child care fee subsidies are available for eligible families
- 14,365 children are on the waiting list for a child care fee subsidy
- 679 child care centres and 10 home child care agencies have a contract with the City of Toronto to provide child care to families receiving fee subsidy
- There are only enough fee subsidies to support 30 per cent of Toronto’s low-income children newborn to 12 years (based on 2011 Statistics Canada’s low-income measure after tax).
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