Item - 2013.CD22.3

Tracking Status

CD22.3 - Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Status Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council reaffirm the need for additional Provincial resources in the amounts of: $10.413 million in capital for child care outside of schools and $14.599 million in transitional/operating funds, to address the transitional impacts of Full-Day Kindergarten on child care as requested by City Council in November 2011.

 

2.         City Council request the Province of Ontario to provide 1700 new child care fee subsidies to ensure equitable access to child care spaces for all age groups for low-income families, especially given the increasing number of spaces becoming available in the system for younger children whose care is more costly.

 

3.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, in consultation with Legal Services, to negotiate a master/lease and operating agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) on behalf of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after school third-party operators that will:

 

a.         better reflect and solidify the partnership between School Boards, third-party operators, the City and families;

 

b.         reduce occupancy costs charged to third-party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs;

 

c.         ensure that space provided for third-party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs meets provincial licensing and City operating criteria;

 

d.         ensure sharing of equipment and space in Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs, and other provisions that recognize that Schools Boards, the City and child care operators share responsibility for a successful early learning system; and

 

e.         establish a better survey registration system that provides continuity to operators.

 

4.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to report to the September 18, 2013 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the feasibility and impacts of keeping wage subsidy payments available for child care centres that are re-configuring services for younger children until such time as the new funding model is implemented.

 

5.         City Council request the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to extend its Full-Day Kindergarten Capital allocation to full time outdoor Full-Day Kindergarten classrooms, such as the Equinox school.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to identify the "hot spots" in all Ward(s) where implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten/Full-Day Learning is proving difficult for working families requiring care, and continue to work with schools and childcare centres to develop an appropriate neighborhood multi-year transition plan for ongoing quality before and aftercare, and report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee, specifically with a review of options for Children's Circle's expansion to serve infants.

 

7.         City Council request the General Managers of Children's Services, Toronto Employment and Social Services and Economic Development and Culture to jointly report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee prior to the end of 2013 on the financial and social services impact of the availability of child care on sustaining employment. 

 

8.         City Council request the Ministry of Education and the Boards of Education to work together with the City to ensure that the level of funding for the provision of child care services and that the transition schedule be sensitive to the needs of service providers.

 

9.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to undertake a survey of the existing and prospective 3rd party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten Before and After School (FDKB&A) programs to determine interest in operating supervised lunch programs as part of the FDKB&A, and report to the September 18, 2013 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee with estimated costs and any regulatory or policy changes required.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 11, 2013) Report with Appendix A from the General Manager of Childrenís Services on Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Status Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-59501.pdf
(June 26, 2013) Staff Presentation on Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Status Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-59988.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 28, 2013) E-mail from Nancy Lalicon (CD.Supp.CD22.3.1)
(June 24, 2013) Letter from Donna Spreitzer, Jackman Community Daycare (CD.New.CD22.3.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/comm/communicationfile-38715.pdf
(June 26, 2013) Letter from Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Chair, Community Development and Recreation Committee (CD.New.CD22.3.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/comm/communicationfile-38703.pdf

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 undertake a survey of the existing and prospective 3rd party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten Before and After School (FDKB&A) programs to determine interest in operating supervised lunch programs as part of the FDKB&A, and report to the September 18, 2013 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee with estimated costs and any regulatory or policy changes required.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-18-2013 2:29 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD22.3 - Davis - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 37 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, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, David Shiner, Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Anthony Perruzza

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-18-2013 2:30 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD22.3 - Adopt the item as amended
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, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, 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 Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Anthony Perruzza

CD22.3 - Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Status Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council reaffirm the need for additional Provincial resources in the amounts of: $10.413 million in capital for child care outside of schools and $14.599 million in transitional/operating funds, to address the transitional impacts of full-day kindergarten on child care as requested by City Council in November 2011.

 

2.         City Council request that the Province of Ontario provide 1700 new child care fee subsidies to ensure equitable access to child care spaces for all age groups for low-income families, especially given the increasing number of spaces becoming available in the system for younger children whose care is more costly.

 

3.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, in consultation with Legal Services, to negotiate a master/lease and operating agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) on behalf of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after school third-party operators that will:

 

a.         better reflect and solidify the partnership between School Boards, third-party operators, the City and families;

 

b.         reduce occupancy costs charged to third-party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs;

 

c.         ensure that space provided for third-party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs meets provincial licensing and City operating criteria;

 

d.         ensure sharing of equipment and space in Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs, and other provisions that recognize that Schools Boards, the City and child care operators share responsibility for a successful early learning system;

 

e.         establish a better survey registration system that provides continuity to operators.

 

4.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to report to the September 18, 2013 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the feasibility and impacts of keeping wage subsidy payments available for child care centres that are re-configuring services for younger children until such time as the new funding model is implemented.

 

5.         City Council request that the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) extends their Full-Day Kindergarten Capital allocation to full time outdoor Full-Day Kindergarten classrooms, such as the Equinox school.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to identify the "hot spots" in all Ward(s) where implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten/Full-Day Learning is proving difficult for working families requiring care, and continue to work with schools and childcare centres to develop an appropriate neighborhood multi-year transition plan for ongoing quality before and aftercare, and report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee, specifically with a review of options for Children's Circle's expansion to serve infants.

 

7.         City Council request the General Managers of Children's Services, Toronto Employment and Social Services and Economic Development and Culture to jointly report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee prior to the end of 2013 on the financial and social services impact of the availability of child care on sustaining employment. 

 

8.         City Council request that the Ministry of Education and Boards of Education work together with the City to ensure that the level of funding for the provision of child care services and that the transition schedule be sensitive to the needs of service providers.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The General Manager, Children's Services, gave a presentation to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation – Status Update.

Origin

(June 11, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Childrenís Services

Summary

This report provides an update on the implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) and the transition to an integrated early learning and care system.  FDK implementation is currently in the third year of a five year process. The report reviews the resources that have been requested from the Province, what has been received to date and what is still required. This report also updates the Ward Analysis, which projects the licensed child care capacity in each city ward at full implementation of the program.  This analysis was first reported to City Council in November 2011. 

Background Information

(June 11, 2013) Report with Appendix A from the General Manager of Childrenís Services on Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Status Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-59501.pdf
(June 26, 2013) Staff Presentation on Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Status Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-59988.pdf

Communications

(May 28, 2013) E-mail from Nancy Lalicon (CD.Supp.CD22.3.1)
(June 24, 2013) Letter from Donna Spreitzer, Jackman Community Daycare (CD.New.CD22.3.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/comm/communicationfile-38715.pdf
(June 26, 2013) Letter from Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Chair, Community Development and Recreation Committee (CD.New.CD22.3.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/comm/communicationfile-38703.pdf

Speakers

Dubie Cunningham, President, Whitney Child Care Centre Board
Kim Challenger , Supervisor, Whitney Child Care Centre Board
Adrienne Lee, Board Members, Children Circle Day Care
Cheryl De Gras, Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
Andrea Calver, Coordinator , Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
June Hall, Main Square Day Care Centre
Cathy O'Toole, Plains Road Child Care
Melody Johnson, Plains Road Child Care
Lisa Winters , Beatty Buddies Child Care
Deborah Warner, Tiago Child Care
Miguel Avila
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Paula Fletcher

Motions

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

Amend recommendation 2 in the report by inserting "1700" and "equitable access", and delete "that" and "are accessible" so that it now reads:

 

1.         City Council request that the Province of Ontario provide 1700 new child care fee subsidies to ensure equitable access to child care spaces for all age groups for low-income families, especially given the increasing number of spaces becoming available in the system for younger children whose care is more costly.


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

Delete and replace recommendation 3 with:

 

"3.        City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, in consultation with Legal Services, to negotiate a master/lease and operating agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) on behalf of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after school third-party operators that will:

 

a.         better reflect and solidify the partnership between School Boards, third-party operators, the City and families;

 

b.         reduce occupancy costs charged to third-party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs;

 

c.         ensure that space provided for third-party operators of Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs meets provincial licensing and City operating criteria;

 

d.         ensure sharing of equipment and space in Full-Day Kindergarten before and after programs, and other provisions that recognize that Schools Boards, the City and child care operators share responsibility for a successful early learning system;

 

e.         establish a better survey registration system that provides continuity to operators."


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

Add a new Recommendation 4:

 

"4.        City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to report to the September 18, 2013 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the feasibility and impacts of keeping wage subsidy payments available for child care centres that are re-configuring services for younger children until such time as the new funding model is implemented."


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

That City Council request that the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) extends their Full-Day Kindergarten Capital allocation to full time outdoor Full-Day Kindergarten classrooms, such as the Equinox school.


5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services to identify the "hot spots" in all Ward(s) where implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten/Full-Day Learning is proving difficult for working families requiring care, and continue to work with schools and childcare centres to develop an appropriate neighborhood multi-year transition plan for ongoing quality before and aftercare, and report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee, specifically with a review of options for Children's Circle's expansion to serve infants.


6 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the General Managers of Children's Services, Toronto Employment and Social Services and Economic Development and Culture to jointly report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee prior to the end of 2013 on the financial and social services impact of the availability of child care on sustaining employment.

 

2.         City Council request that the Ministry of Education and Boards of Education work together with the City to ensure that the level of funding for the provision of child care services and that the transition schedule be sensitive to the needs of service providers.


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