An Early Years Vision for Ontario

Every day, thousands of children and their families receive quality care and support from early years professionals in diverse communities across the province. Now is the time to build on the positive steps we have taken over the last ten years to ensure we are harnessing the full capacity available to provide the best services and respond to the busy lives of Ontario families.

The Ontario Early Years Policy Framework builds on our collective progress and provides a vision for the early years to ensure children from 0-6 years of age have the best possible start in life. The framework is supported by a set of principles and is meant to provide strategic direction to our early years partners both within and outside of government.

This framework also identifies priority areas for action. Our immediate focus will be to:

  • continue with the implementation of full-day kindergarten by September 2014
  • create an effective approach to implementing Best Start Child and Family Centres by September 2014
  • improve the delivery of children's speech and language services
  • stabilize and transform the child care sector.

Ontario Early Years Policy Framework (PDF, 1.2 MB)