Child Care Modernization & Early Years Integration

Ontario's child care system has served us well, but it hasn't changed fundamentally since the 1980s. We are working to transform child care in Ontario, to better reflect the realities of our modern world.

With full-day kindergarten, Ontario is at the forefront of a global transformation in early learning.

That's why Ontario is modernizing and building a child care and early years system that is high quality, seamless and more responsive to parents' needs. We are doing this through a multi-year plan to enhance programs and supports for children from 0-12 years of age. This approach addresses on the following areas:

  • Completing the rollout of full-day kindergarten in September 2014
  • Modernizing the legislative and regulatory framework for child care (Bill 10) including strengthening oversight of the unlicensed child care sector, increasing capacity in the licenced child care sector and improving data and information available to parents and the public.
  • Increasing transparency in funding with a new funding formula for child care
  • Creating an effective approach to implementing Best Start Child and Family Centres by September 2014
  • Enhancing program quality/consistency in child care and early years programs
  • Improving delivery of children's speech and language services

Together, these changes will update Ontario's child care and early years system, better support parents across the province, and ensure that our children have the best possible start in life.

This approach has been developed from numerous consultations with parents and stakeholders over the last few years. It is supported by the following:

A variety of discussion papers, reports and other resources are provided here for further information: