Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017)

Every day, children and their families receive quality care and support from early years and child care professionals in diverse communities across the province. We are building on positive steps we have taken in recent years to provide high-quality early years and child care experiences for Ontario’s children and families.

Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017) (PDF, 5.16 MB) builds on our progress and sets a vision for a system in which all children and families have access to a range of high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care programs and services that are child- and family-centred and contribute to children’s learning, development and well-being. A summary of the action items detailed within the framework is available here: Towards Universally Accessible Child Care: Ontario’s Five-Year Action Plan.

To inform the framework, the ministry engaged with families and early years partners around four important themes: affordability, access, quality and responsiveness. The framework reflects feedback the ministry received during engagement sessions held in 20 communities across the province, 15 roundtables with the early years sector, and in over 6,000 responses to an online survey. The renewed framework would not have been possible without the valuable advice and insight we heard from people across the province.

This framework identifies seven key priority areas for action, including:

  • Increasing access to early years and child care programs and services
  • Ensuring a more affordable early years and child care system
  • Establishing an early years workforce strategy
  • Determining a provincial definition of quality in the early years
  • Developing an approach to promoting inclusion in early years and child care settings
  • Creating an outcomes and measurement strategy
  • Increasing public awareness of Ontario’s early years and child care system

Ontario Early Years Policy Framework (2013) (PDF, 1.2 MB)

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