Item - 2011.CD8.1

Tracking Status

CD8.1 - Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto's Child Care System and Recommended Actions for Mitigation

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2011, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council communicate to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education  the urgent need for development of a child care stabilization and transition plan that ensures the availability of  a sustainable, high quality and affordable child care system for all families.

 

2.         City Council re-affirm the importance of child care for working families to the economy of the City of Toronto.

 

3.         City Council reaffirm its request of January 26 and 27, 2010 that the Province of Ontario provide all of the necessary tools and resources necessary to support the transition to an Early Learning System and to ensure that the child care component of this system remains stable and sustainable.  These tools and resources should include financial, legislative and policy supports that address:

 

i.          the regulatory changes required to ensure efficiencies in child care operations that focus on younger children;

 

ii.         simplified and flexible funding formulas that enable base funding of child care programs and that ensure affordability for all families;

 

iii.        $27 million in transitional and operating funding to ensure that service levels are maintained during and following the transition to Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten (FDELK);

 

iv.        $13.9 million in capital funding for child care centres located within schools; and

 

v.         $13.5 million in capital funding to support the reconfiguration of child care programs outside of schools so that they can  address the needs of younger children.

 

4.         City Council also reaffirm its previous requests to the Province of Ontario that the provincial funding formula provide $20 million to maintain existing service levels of 24,000 child care subsidies, recognize cost of living and other legitimate increases in operating costs, and ensure program quality and adequate qualified staffing.

 

5.         City Council request the Ministry of Education to consider changes to Day Nursery Act to:

 

 i.         make age grouping changes, to encourage expansion of programs for preschool children;

ii.         allow flexibility in groupings for child care operators affected by the introduction of full-day kindergarten; and

iii.        align child and full-day kindergarten;

 

and request the General Manager, Children's Services to monitor the Ministry of Education's response and to report back regularly to the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

 

6.         City Council request the Ministry of Education to allow flexibility for child care centres which are not in schools to continue to escort kindergarten students to school and back from school during the transition years.

 

7.         City Council request the Province of Ontario to immediately revisit its capital allocation to Boards of Education and expand this policy to include child care requirements in both existing and new schools.

 

8.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to report to the January 11, 2012 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, and regularly thereafter, on the plans of the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board for a smooth transition from 2012 - 2014 for the extended day, and all breaks and holidays for schools that currently have school age child care.

 

 9.        City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services and the Medical Officer of Health to report on nutritional requirements for pre-school children currently in the Day Nursery Act and how nutritional requirements might be met within the full day learning.

 

10.       City Council request that the General Manager, Children's Services, organize another series of regional meetings for child care providers and boards which includes staff from the school boards, Provincial Ministry staff and that Toronto MPPs and Trustees be invited as well as local Councillors, and that:

 

            a.         These meetings be held in those communities most impacted;

 

b.         The General Manager, Children's Services work with the Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee to determine the locations; and

 

c.         The public should be invited.

 

11.       City Council forward a copy of the report (October 24, 2011) from the General Manager, Children's Services, to the Mayor's Child Care Task Force, the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to inform their deliberations.

 

12.       City Council forward the report (October 24, 2011) from the General Manager, Children's Services as amended to all City of Toronto MPPs.

 

13.       City Council request the City Manager, in conjunction with the General Manager, Children's Services, to convene an intergovernmental meeting, as soon as possible and no later than February 29, 2012, to provide a briefing on the Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto's Child Care System, and invite all Toronto MPs, Toronto MPPs, School Board Trustees and Toronto City Councillors, and request that Children's Services staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting.

 

14.       City Council request that Members of the Community Development and Recreation Committee meet with members of the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board standing Committee(s) responsible for policy and planning related to the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten program, to share information and discuss implementation challenges, and request that Children's Services and school board staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting, and report to the January 11, 2012 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the outcome of these discussions.

 

15.       City Council direct the City Manager to work towards not closing any child care centres under City control before the 2012 provincial budget announcement.

 

16.       City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, to report back to City Council, through the Community Development and Recreation Committee, on the implications of the provincial budget on child care.

 

17.       City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to develop a pamphlet and website page with easy-to-understand information on the funding needs and transitional challenges facing the child care system as a result of the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Toronto.

 

18.       City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, in conjunction with Strategic Communications, to develop a strategy that focuses on opportunities that have no cost implications for the City, to increase media coverage and highlight the child care issues identified in the report (October 24, 2011) from the General Manager, Children's Services.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 24, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Children's Services on Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto's Child Care System and Recommended Actions for Mitigation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42007.pdf
(October 24, 2011) Appendix A - The Ward Analysis Process
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42012.pdf
(October 24, 2011) Appendix B - Percentage of Centres at Risk - 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42013.pdf
(October 24, 2011) Appendix C - Service Level 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42014.pdf
(November 4, 2011) Presentation by the General Manager, Children's Services, on an Overview of Toronto's Child Care System
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42188.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(November 24, 2011) Supplementary report from the General Manager, Children's Services on full day learning staffing models and options for a child care communications strategy (CD8.1a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-42564.pdf
(November 24, 2011) Appendix A - Communications Strategy Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-42565.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 4, 2011) Letter from Ann Dembinski, President, CUPE Local 79 (CD.New.CD8.1.1)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to develop a pamphlet and website page with easy-to-understand information on the funding needs and transitional challenges facing the child care system as a result of the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Nov-30-2011 4:42 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Motion 1 - Davis
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Frank Di Giorgio, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

 That:

 

1          City Council direct the City Manager to work towards not closing any child care centres under City control before the 2012 provincial budget announcement.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, to report back to City Council through the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the implications of the provincial budget on child care.

 

With the permission of City Council, Councillor Mihevc revised motion 2.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Nov-30-2011 4:36 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CDE8.1 - permission to revise motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are John Filion, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Michael Thompson

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Nov-30-2011 4:43 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Motion 2 (Revised) - Mihevc
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council deleted Community Development and Recreation Committee Recommendation 7 and insert a new Recommendation 7 as follows:

 

Recommendation 7 to be deleted:

 

7.         City Council request that the General Manager, Children's Services convene a meeting to provide a briefing on the Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto Child Care System, and invite all Toronto MPPs, School Board Trustees and Toronto City Councillors, and request that Children's Services staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting.

 

New Recommendation 7:

 

7.         City Council request that the City Manager, in conjunction with the General Manager, Children's Services, convene an intergovernmental meeting, as soon as possible and no later than February 29, 2012, to provide a briefing on the Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto Child Care System, and invite all Toronto MPs, Toronto MPPs, School Board Trustees and Toronto City Councillors, and request that Children's Services staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting.

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-30-2011 4:42 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Motion 3 - Wong-Tam
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

4 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Lost)

That City Council amend Community Development and Recreation Committee Recommendation 4.a by adding the words "and that two of these meetings take place before February 2012 at York Woods Library Theatre and Driftwood Community Centre" so that Recommendation 4.a now reads as follows:

 

4.         City Council request that the General Manager, Children's Services, organize another series of regional meetings for child care providers and boards which includes staff from the school boards, Provincial Ministry staff and that Toronto MPPs and Trustees be invited as well as local Councillors, and that:

 

             a.        These meetings be held in those communities most impacted and that two of these meetings take place before February 2012 at York Woods Library Theatre and Driftwood Community Centre.

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-30-2011 4:40 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - CD8.1 - Motion 4 - Perruzza
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 21 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Doug Holyday, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

5a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Raymond Cho (Carried)

That City Council request the Province of Ontario to immediately revisit its capital allocation to Boards of Education and expand this policy to include child care requirements in both existing and new schools.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Nov-30-2011 4:45 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Motion 5a - Cho
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Mike Del Grande, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

5b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Raymond Cho (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, in conjunction with Strategic Communications, to develop a strategy that focuses on opportunities that have no cost implications for the City, to increase media coverage and highlight the child care issues identified in this report.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Nov-30-2011 4:45 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Motion 5b - Cho
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 12 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, David Shiner, Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

6 - Motion to Refer Motion moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Withdrawn)

That motion 2 by Councillor Mihevc be referred to the Budget Committee for consideration with the 2012 Operating Budget process. 


Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Carried)

That motion 6 by Councillor Berardinetti be withdrawn.

Vote (Withdraw a Motion) Nov-30-2011 4:38 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Berardinetti - Withdraw Motion 6
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are John Filion, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan

7 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council re-affirm the importance of child care for working families to the economy of the City of Toronto.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to report to the January 11, 2012 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, and regularly thereafter, on the plans of the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board for a smooth transition from 2012 - 2014 for the extended day, and all breaks and holidays for schools that currently have school age child care.

 

3.         City Council request the Ministry of Education to consider changes to Day Nursery Act to:

 

i.          make age grouping changes, to encourage expansion of programs for preschool children;

ii.         allow flexibility in groupings for child care operators affected by the introduction of full-day kindergarten;

iii.        align child and full-day kindergarten;

 

and request the General Manager, Children's Services to monitor the Ministry of Education's response and to report back regularly to the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

 

4.         City Council request the Ministry of Education to allow flexibility for child care centres which are not in schools to continue to escort kindergarten students to school and back from school during the transition years.

 

5.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services and the Medical Officer of Health to report on nutritional requirements for pre-school children currently in the Day Nursery Act and how nutritional requirements might be met within the full day learning.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Nov-30-2011 4:46 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Motion 7 - Fletcher
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Nov-30-2011 4:47 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Adopt item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata proposed that Councillor Mammoliti's speaking time be extended so that he could complete his remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Nov-30-2011 11:17 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Extend Councillor Mammoliti's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 20 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata proposed that Councillor Davis' speaking time be extended so that she could complete her remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Nov-30-2011 11:35 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Extend Councillor Davis' speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 22 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Chin Lee, Pam McConnell, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata proposed that Councillor Perruzza's speaking time be extended so that he could complete his remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Nov-30-2011 12:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - Extend Councillor Perruzza's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Mark Grimes
Total members that were Absent: 22 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Mike Del Grande, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata proposed that Councillor Fletcher's speaking time be extended so that she could complete her remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Nov-30-2011 4:16 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD8.1 - extend Councillor Fletcher's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Final)

Speaker Nunziata proposed that Councillor Parker's speaking time be extended so that he could complete his remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Nov-30-2011 4:28 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Extend Councillor Parker's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Mike Del Grande, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Pam McConnell, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson

CD8.1 - Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto's Child Care System and Recommended Actions for Mitigation

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council communicate to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education  the urgent need for  development of a child care stabilization and transition plan that ensures the availability of  a sustainable, high quality and affordable child care system for all families.

 

2.         City Council reaffirm its request of January 26 and 27, 2010 that the Province of Ontario provide all of the necessary tools and resources necessary to support the transition to an Early Learning System and to ensure that the child care component of this system remains stable and sustainable.  These tools and resources should include financial, legislative and policy supports that address:

 

i.          the regulatory changes required to ensure efficiencies in child care operations that focus on younger children,

 

ii.         simplified and flexible funding formulas that enable base funding of child care programs and that ensure affordability for all families,

 

iii.        $27 million in transitional and operating funding to ensure that service levels are maintained during and following the transition to Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten (FDELK),

 

iv.        $13.9 million in capital funding for child care centres located within schools and

 

v.         $13.5 million in capital funding to support the reconfiguration of child care programs outside of schools so that they can  address the needs of younger children.

 

3.         City Council also reaffirm its previous requests to the Province of Ontario that the provincial funding formula provide $20 million to maintain existing service levels of 24,000 child care subsidies, recognize cost of living and other legitimate increases in operating costs, and ensure program quality and adequate qualified staffing.

 

4.         City Council request that the General Manager, Children's Services, organize another series of regional meetings for child care providers and boards which includes staff from the school boards, Provincial Ministry staff and that Toronto MPPs and Trustees be invited as well as local Councillors, and that:

 

            a.         These meetings be held in those communities most impacted.

 

b.         The General Manager, Children's Services work with the Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee to determine the locations.

 

c.         The public should be invited.

 

5.         City Council forward a copy of the report (October 24, 2011) from the General Manager, Children's Services, to the Mayor's Child Care Task Force, the Toronto District School Board, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to inform their deliberations.

 

6.         City Council forward the report (October 24, 2011) from the General Manager, Children's Services as amended to all City of Toronto MPPs.

 

7.         City Council request that the General Manager, Children's Services convene a meeting to provide a briefing on the Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto Child Care System, and invite all Toronto MPPs, School Board Trustees and Toronto City Councillors, and request that Children's Services staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting.

 

8.         City Council request that Members of the Community Development and Recreation Committee meet with members of the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board standing Committee(s) responsible for policy and planning related to the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten program, to share information and discuss implementation challenges, and request that Children's Services and school board staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting, and report to the January 11, 2012 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the outcome of these discussions.

Decision Advice and Other Information

Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager, Children's Services, gave a presentation to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on an Overview of Toronto's Child Care System.

 

The Community Development and Recreation Committee:

 

1.         Requested that the General Manager, Children's Services submit a report directly to Council on First Duty and the proposed Atkinson Model for full day learning and the current full day kindergarten roll out by the Toronto School Boards, and include:

 

a.         the current number of schools that have a child care centre in the school and affiliated with the school.

 

b.         the number of kindergarten classes in schools and the number of kindergarten classes that currently have Educational Assistants.

 

c.         the number of Educational Assistants that are ECE's.

 

d.         the opportunities for blended models between Boards and child care centres in Toronto.

 

2.         Requested that the General Manager, Children’s Services, report directly to the November 29, 2011 meeting of Council on a campaign strategy for the City to undertake to bring awareness of the potential child care crisis.

Origin

(October 24, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Children's Services

Summary

This report responds to the May 27, 2011 direction from the Community Development and Recreation Committee that Children's Services report to Council prior to the conclusion of the 2012 Operating Budget deliberations with a detailed analysis of the impact of the Province's Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten (FDELK) program on Toronto's child care system.

 

Children's Services has completed an extensive analysis that, among other things, forecasts service levels and the availability of child care spaces by age group at the time of full implementation of FDELK in 2014.  Overall, the analysis shows an expected decrease in the supply of child care spaces for Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) children in child care as 4 and 5 year olds enrol in FDELK and a corresponding interest by operators in converting these vacated spaces into care for younger infants and toddlers. 

 

Toronto's child care system is the largest in Ontario and the second largest in Canada.   It services 56,000 children in licensed child care, of which 24,000 receive a fee subsidy to assist with the cost of child care fees.  There are 924 licensed child care centres in Toronto, with 40 percent of the centres located in elementary schools.  In addition, there are 20 licensed home child care agencies providing care in homes across the City. It is estimated that there are 13,000 children JK/SK aged in licensed child care who will move to FDELK incrementally over the next 3 years. Approximately 7,000 of these children will be in receipt of a fee subsidy. The impact of FDELK on a system as large as Toronto's is material. In order to effectively manage the transition, the City requires transitional, operating and capital resources from the Province of Ontario, as well as legislative and regulatory amendments to the Day Nurseries Act.

 

This report identifies strategies for addressing concerns and facilitating the transition to a high quality early learning and care system that is accessible to all families in Toronto.

Background Information

(October 24, 2011) Report from the General Manager, Children's Services on Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto's Child Care System and Recommended Actions for Mitigation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42007.pdf
(October 24, 2011) Appendix A - The Ward Analysis Process
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42012.pdf
(October 24, 2011) Appendix B - Percentage of Centres at Risk - 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42013.pdf
(October 24, 2011) Appendix C - Service Level 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42014.pdf
(November 4, 2011) Presentation by the General Manager, Children's Services, on an Overview of Toronto's Child Care System
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-42188.pdf

Communications

(November 4, 2011) Letter from Ann Dembinski, President, CUPE Local 79 (CD.New.CD8.1.1)

Speakers

Jane Mercer, Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
Sarah Blackstock, Director of Advocacy and Communications, YWCA Toronto | A Turning Point for Women
Peter Frampton, Executive Director, The Learning Enrichment Foundation
Samantha Baker-Halpern
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Sarah Doucette
Councillor Paula Fletcher

Motions

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That the General Manager, Children's Services submit a report directly to Council on First Duty and the proposed Atkinson Model for full day learning and the current full day kindergarten roll out by the Toronto School Boards, and include:

 

a.         the current number of schools that have a child care centre in the school and affiliated with the school.

 

b.         the number of kindergarten classes in schools and the number of kindergarten classes that currently have Educational Assistants.

 

c.         the number of Educational Assistants that are ECE's.

 

d.         the opportunities for blended models between Boards and child care centres in Toronto.


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Amended)

That the General Manager, Children's Services, organize another series of regional meetings for child care providers and boards which includes staff from the school boards, Provincial Ministry staff and that Toronto MPPs and Trustees be invited as well as local Councillors.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

1.         That Recommendation 4 be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

"That City Council forward a copy of the report (October 24, 2011) from the General Manager, Children's Services, to the Mayor's Child Care Task Force, the Toronto District School Board, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to inform their deliberations."

  

2.         That Recommendation 5 be deleted.


3a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That the report (October 24, 2011) from the General Manager, Children's Services be forwarded as amended to all City of Toronto MPPs.


3b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That the City of Toronto convene a meeting to provide a briefing on the Transitional Issues Impacting Toronto Child Care System, and invite all Toronto MPPs, School Board Trustees and Toronto City Councillors, and request that Children's Services staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting.


4a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That Members of the Community Development and Recreation Committee meet with members of the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board standing Committee(s) responsible for policy and planning related to the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten program, to share information and discuss implementation challenges, and request that Children's Services and school board staff provide information and logistical support for this meeting, and report to the January 11, 2012 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the outcome of these discussions.


4b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

Amend recommendations 2 and 3 to add the dollar amounts, so that they now read:

 

"2.        City Council reaffirm its request of January 26 and 27, 2010 that the Province of Ontario provide all of the necessary tools and resources necessary to support the transition to an Early Learning System and to ensure that the child care component of this system remains stable and sustainable.  These tools and resources should include financial, legislative and policy supports that address:

 

i.          the regulatory changes required to ensure efficiencies in child care operations that focus on younger children,

 

ii.         simplified and flexible funding formulas that enable base funding of child care programs and that ensure affordability for all families,

 

iii.        $27 million in transitional and operating funding to ensure that service levels are maintained during and following the transition to Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten (FDELK),

 

iv.        $13.9 million in capital funding for child care centres located within schools and

 

v.         $13.5 million in capital funding to support the reconfiguration of child care programs outside of schools so that they can  address the needs of younger children.

 

3.         City Council also reaffirm its previous requests  to the Province of Ontario that the provincial funding formula provide $20 million to maintain existing service levels of 24,000 child care subsidies, recognize cost of living and other legitimate increases in operating costs, and ensure program quality and adequate qualified staffing."


5a - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Lost)

Amend motion 4a by Councillor Davis to add:

 

1.         That these meetings be held in the communities that are hardest hit.

 

2.         That the General Manager, Children's Services work with the Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee to determine the locations.

 

3.         That the Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee Chair these meetings.


5b - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

Amend motion 1b by Councillor Mihevc to add:

 

1.         That these meetings be held in those communities most impacted.

 

2.         That the General Manager, Children's Services work with the Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee to determine the locations.

 

3.         And that the public should be invited.


5c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

That the City undertake a campaign strategy to bring awareness of the potential child care crisis, and report directly to the November 29, 2011 meeting of Council on this strategy.


6 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council