Item - 2015.CD3.3

Tracking Status

CD3.3 - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted

City Council Decision

City Council on May 5, 6 and 7, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council amend the Children's Services' 2015-2019 Service Plan, included as Attachment 1 to the report (April 2, 2015) from the General Manager, Children's Services, as follows:

a. Delete "a strategy" from Action 1 (page 56) and replace with "strategies" so that Action 1 now reads:

"1. Engage federal and provincial governments in the development and implementation of strategies to facilitate growth in the child care system, including increasing child care fee subsidies in order to incrementally address the waitlist for a subsidy." 

b. Add new Action 38 to read:

"38. Work with the Province to update eligibility criteria for child care subsidy."

 

2.  City Council direct that Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled, "Funding the System" (Page 27 of Attachment 1) be amended to include actual dollar amounts.

 

3.  City Council direct that Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled, "Financial Implications of Growth" (Page 29 of Attachment 1) indicate both the cost for Early Years Service and the cost for School Aged Service.

 

4.  City Council direct that Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection, titled "Middle Childhood Programs" (Page 35 of Attachment 1) be further revised to place a greater focus on options (including specific options) to meet the middle childhood niche.

 

5.  City Council direct that, where appropriate and as determined by the General Manager, Children's Services, the term "licensed and regulated child care" be used in Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled "Determining Child Care Demand and Growth" (Page 28 of Attachment 1).

 

6.  City Council adopt the Children's Services' 2015-2019 Service Plan, included as Attachment 1 to the report (April 2, 2015) from the General Manager, Children's Services, as amended by Parts 1 to 5 above.

 

7.  City Council instruct the General Manager, Children's Services, to forward the approved Service Plan, as amended, to the Ministry of Education and Toronto school boards for their information and reference.

 

8.  City Council request the General Manager of Children’s Services to develop a multi-year growth strategy for the City of Toronto child care system that would: 

a.  meet the needs of Toronto families that are working or attending school;

b.  be consistent with the Service Plan principles of achieving greater access, quality, equity and affordability; and

 

c.  include responsibilities and investment scenarios that include three orders of government; with any additional resources required for this study to be accommodated within the approved Children’s Services 2015 budget.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 2, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Childrenís Services, on Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78658.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section A - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78887.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section B - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78964.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section C - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78965.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section D - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78947.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 2 - 2010-2014 Service Plan Accomplishments
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78888.pdf
(April 20, 2015) Presentation from the General Manager, Children's Services, on Toronto Children's Services 2015 - 2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-79209.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-05-2015 5:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD3.3 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory, 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 Michelle Berardinetti, Vincent Crisanti, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Michael Thompson

CD3.3 - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council amend the Children's Services' 2015-2019 Service Plan, included as Attachment 1 to the report (April 2, 2015) from the General Manager, Children's Services, as follows:

a. Delete "a strategy" from Action 1 (page 56) and replace with "strategies" so that Action 1 now reads:

"1. Engage federal and provincial governments in the development and implementation of strategies to facilitate growth in the child care system, including increasing child care fee subsidies in order to incrementally address the waitlist for a subsidy." 

b. Add new Action 38 to read:

"38. Work with the Province to update eligibility criteria for child care subsidy."

 

2.  City Council direct that Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled, "Funding the System" (Page 27 of Attachment 1) be amended to include actual dollar amounts.

 

3.  City Council direct that Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled, "Financial Implications of Growth" (Page 29 of Attachment 1) indicate both the cost for Early Years Service and the cost for School Aged Service.

 

4.  City Council direct that Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection, titled "Middle Childhood Programs" (Page 35 of Attachment 1) be further revised to place a greater focus on options (including specific options) to meet the middle childhood niche.

 

5.  City Council direct that, where appropriate and as determined by the General Manager, Children's Services, the term "licensed and regulated child care" be used in Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled "Determining Child Care Demand and Growth" (Page 28 of Attachment 1).

 

6.  City Council adopt the Children's Services' 2015-2019 Service Plan, included as Attachment 1 to the report (April 2, 2015) from the General Manager, Children's Services, as amended by Recommendations 1-5 above.

 

7.  City Council instruct the General Manager, Children's Services, to forward the approved Service Plan, as amended, to the Ministry of Education and Toronto school boards for their information and reference.

 

8.  City Council request the General Manager of Children’s Services to develop a multi-year growth strategy for the City of Toronto child care system that would: 

a.  meet the needs of Toronto families that are working or attending school;

b.  be consistent with the Service Plan principles of achieving greater access, quality, equity and affordability; and

 

c.  include responsibilities and investment scenarios that include three orders of government; with any additional resources required for this study to be accommodated within the approved Children’s Services 2015 budget.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Community Development and Recreation Committee requested:

 

1. The General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on:

a. the current status of After School Recreation and Care (ARC), including existing and future provincial cost sharing aspects; current costs and roll out plans; and

b. the status and potential roll out of the Community Leadership After-School Programs.

2. The General Manager, Children's Services to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the current status of the licensed home care option funded by the City of Toronto, including number of spaces, degrees of subsidy and future expansion.

 

The General Manager, Children's Services gave a presentation to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan.

Origin

(April 2, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Childrenís Services

Summary

This report seeks approval of Children's Services' 2015-2019 Service Plan. This plan gives direction to Toronto Children's Services in the planning and managing of services for children and families for the next five years. It was developed during a period of significant change, as the sector transitions to a broader, more coordinated early years system. The plan responds to these changes and advances the division's vision of a cohesive system of services for children and families that are accessible, affordable, inclusive, seamless, and resilient. Its development involved extensive engagement with children, families, service providers, community partners, and other stakeholders.

Background Information

(April 2, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Childrenís Services, on Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78658.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section A - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78887.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section B - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78964.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section C - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78965.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 1 - Section D - Toronto Children's Services 2015-2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78947.pdf
(April 2, 2015) Attachment 2 - 2010-2014 Service Plan Accomplishments
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-78888.pdf
(April 20, 2015) Presentation from the General Manager, Children's Services, on Toronto Children's Services 2015 - 2019 Service Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-79209.pdf

Speakers

Councillor Pam McConnell
Councillor Paul Ainslie
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

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

City Council request the General Manager of Children’s Services to develop a multi-year growth strategy for the City of Toronto child care system that would:

 

a. meet the needs of Toronto families that are working or attending school;
 

b. be consistent with the Service Plan principles of achieving greater access, quality, equity and affordability; and

 

c. include responsibilities and investment scenarios that include three orders of government; with any additional resources required for this study to be accommodated within the approved Children’s Services 2015 budget.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That: 

 

1.  The General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on:

 

a. the current status of After School Recreation and Care (ARC), including existing and future provincial cost sharing aspects; current costs and roll out plans; and

 

b. the status and potential roll out of the Community Leadership After-School Programs.

 

2.  The General Manager, Children's Services report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the current status of the licensed home care option funded by the City of Toronto, including number of spaces, degrees of subsidy and future expansion.


3a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Lost)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 be amended on Page 14 - Section A - A Toronto for All Children and Families, Subsection Titled "Guiding Principles", by deleting the words "through public and non-profit service delivery" in principle h, so that it now reads:

 

"h. Focused on expansion"


3b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Lost)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 be amended on Page 23 Section B - The Changing Landscape, Subsection titled "Broader Social Context" by replacing the paragraph under the column titled "National Child Care Initiatives" with the following:

 

"Negotiations over the years between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments to craft a national day care strategy have not produced agreement. Lacking a national consensus, the Federal Government has elected to provide families with young children direct payments. The Universal Child Care Benefit provides $100 per month for each child under the age of six. This amount will increase to $160 if the Federal 2015 Budget is approved. The government also proposes to provide $60 per month for children aged six through 17. These direct supports for children and child care represent an important financial commitment which should be considered when developing multi-year child care service plans.

 

Access to affordable, safe and high quality child care must remain a public policy imperative for all levels of government."


3c - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 on Page 27, Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled, "Funding the System" be amended to include actual dollar amounts.


3d - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That where appropriate and as determined by the General Manager, Children's Services, the term "licensed and regulated child care" be used in Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled "Determining Child Care Demand and Growth" on Page 28 of Attachment 1 - the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019.


3e - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection titled, "Financial Implications of Growth" on Page 29 indicate both the cost for Early Years Service and the cost for School Aged Service.


3f - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That Section C - The Current Service Sector, Subsection, titled "Middle Childhood Programs" on Page 35 of Attachment 1 be further revised to place a greater focus on options (including specific options) to meet the middle childhood niche.


3g - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 be amended on Page 56 - by deleting "a strategy" from Action 1 and replacing it with "strategies" so that Action 1 now reads:


"1. Engage federal and provincial governments in the development and implementation of strategies to facilitate growth in the child care system, including increasing child care fee subsidies in order to incrementally address the waitlist for a subsidy."


3h - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Lost)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 be amended as follows on Page 56 by deleting the words "public and non-profit" in Action 3, so that it now reads:

 

"3. Increase the number of child care spaces for infants and toddlers, with a target of 1,500 spaces, focused in wards where there are insufficient spaces for families receiving fee subsidies."


3i - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Lost)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 be amended on Page 57 by deleting the last two bullets in Action 9 which read as follows:

 

"- Reducing intergenerational poverty

- Improving workforce compensation in the child care sector, to the extent possible"


3j - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Lost)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 be amended on Page 60 by deleting the words "public and non-profit" and replacing the word "sectors" with the word "sector" in Action 37, so that it now reads:

 

"37. Continue to invest in the growth of the child care sector."


3k - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That the Draft Children's Service Plan 2015 - 2019 be amended by adding a new Action 38 to read:


"38. Work with the Province to update eligibility criteria for child care subsidy."


4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-20-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Josh Colle, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council