High-Quality Licensed Child Care

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Every day, early childhood educators (ECEs) provide Ontario’s children with safe, responsive, and caring interactions that build a strong foundation for their development and well-being. 

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Children who participate in high-quality learning environments experience increased verbal communication, reading, math, and science skills, as well as a host of other benefits.

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Uncover the facts about the many ways ECEs benefit children, their families, and the growth of our economy. Download our fact sheet.

Ontario's Early Childhood Educators shine a light on the path to a brighter future. 

Learn more about the importance of high-quality child care:

High-quality Licensed Child Care Fact Sheet

 Helpful Resources

Ministry of Education

How Does Learning Happen?

College of Early Childhood Educators 

Quality Child Care Makes a Difference

Every child has the right to the best possible childhood. As your child’s first and most important teacher, you have been working hard to provide the best environment you can for your little one. Most likely it is the need to go back to work or school that has brought you to a place where you need help from others to do this important job.

There is a great deal of research available to confirm that high quality licensed child care is very important for the healthy growth and development of children. There is also a lot of research that tells us that child care that is of low quality can be harmful to children.

Qualified early learning and care professionals - like Registered Early Childhood Educators - with training in child development, are very important pieces to high quality  child care. As a parent you want someone who knows how to provide great learning experiences, but also knows what activities are appropriate for your child’s age and stage of development.

An early learning and care environment that is safe, clean and bright, welcoming and gives children a sense of belonging is also very important to a good child care program.

Checking for quality child care

You have the responsibility of checking the quality of care your child is receiving.

Investing In Quality Peterborough created 7 Standards of Quality to offer a framework for child care to help children to learn and grow.

Questions to ask a child care provider