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Funding for Child Care Operators

York Region offers funding to child care operators through a Child Care Services Agreement. Child care operators who enter into an agreement with York Region can receive funding in the form of:

Child Care Fee Assistance

Parents who receive child care fee assistance can only send their children to approved child care sites. In order to be on the list of approved sites, child care operators need to enter into a Child Care Services Agreement with York Region.

The number of children receiving fee assistance that are placed in a child care program can change year to year because the parent, not the Region, chooses the child care centre.

Program Eligibility and Funding Conditions

Record of Attendance Handbook

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Enhanced Funding for Children with Exceptional Needs

Enhanced funding allows licensed child care operators to hire additional staff  to support all children in the program, including children with exceptional needs. Children who have exceptional or special needs may:

  • Depend on adults for instruction and care due to safety, mobility or health concerns
  • Require extra attention from adults due to safety concerns that they may hurt themselves or others
  • Require extra support when there is a combination of children in a group with social-emotional behavioural special needs and/or present safety, mobility or health concerns

Enhanced funding is available for children whose parents are either employed or engaged in an educational or training program or have an exceptional circumstance supported by a physician or community agency. Enhanced Funding is a time-limited support that needs to be renewed every six months. Staff hired with enhanced funding need to complete AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) training.

Program Eligibility and Funding Conditions

Enhanced Funding Guidelines

How to Apply

Enhanced Funding Application for Individuals and Groups

Enhanced Funding Online Application FAQ

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Special Purpose Funding

Special Purpose Funding is financial support for child care operators to:

  • Enhance the toys and equipment in classrooms
  • Meet Public Health, Ministry of Education and playground inspection non-compliance items
  • Provide training and development opportunities to staff

Program Eligibility and Funding Conditions

Special Purpose Eligibility and Funding Conditions

Current Funding Opportunities

CLOSED: Repairs and Maintenance

Funding is available to child care operators for issues that have been identified as a deficiency by Ministry of Education, York Region Public Health or a third party playground inspector. The 2017 applications window has closed. All applications were to be submitted by October 31, 2017.

Repairs and Maintenance Funding Memo

CLOSED: Play-Based Materials and Equipment Funding

Play-Based Materials and Equipment Funding allows operators to purchase materials and equipment that promote children’s exploration and learning through play, consistent with the principles of the Early Learning Framework. The 2017 applications window has closed. All applications were to be submitted by August 30, 2017.

Play Based Funding Memo

CLOSED: Capacity Building and Professional Learning Funding

Capacity Building and Professional Learning Funding offset costs for capacity building and professional learning opportunities for child care staff in their programs. The 2017 applications window has closed. All applications were to be submitted by June 30, 2017.

Capacity Building and Professional Learning Funding Memo

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Subsidy for Staff Salaries

Staff salary grants allow child care operators to increase staff salaries in an effort to bridge the wage gap between Registered Early Childhood Educators working in the publicly-funded education system and those in the licensed child care sector. Child care operators are responsible for distributing the funding to their staff.

There are two types of subsidies that are applied to staff salaries:

  • Wage Enhancement Funding
  • General Operating Grant

Wage Enhancement Funding

Wage enhancement funding helps close the wage gap between Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) working for the school board in full-day kindergarten programs and RECEs/other child care program staff working in licensed child care settings. Wage enhancement funding is an annual initiative and operators are required to apply annually.

Program Eligibility and Funding Conditions

Wage Enhancement Funding Eligibility and Conditions

2018 Applications

The application period for 2018 Wage Enhancement Funding and the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant will be open from February 01, 2018 to March 19, 2018.

Operators that have questions regarding Wage Enhancement Funding can contact Candice Trotter, Acting Supervisor, Contract Management at 1-877- 464-9675 ext. 72174.

A list of child care programs that apply for 2018 wage enhancement funding  will be posted. Please note that this is not an approval, it is a listing of sites that have applied for funding as of the funding deadline of March 19, 2018.

Resources

The following resources are available below to guide child care operators and professionals through the Wage Enhancement Funding process.

Wage Enhancement Funding Frequently Asked Questions
Preparation Work Checklist for Centre-Based Operators
Preparation Work Checklist for Home-Based Operators
Wage Enhancement Webinar
Centre-Based Application Guide
Home-Based Application Guide
Wage Enhancement Funding FAQs

Public Inquiries

The Regional Municipality of York is required, under the provincial guidelines, to provide a process in order to manage public inquiries related to the Wage Enhancement Funding initiative. The Wage Enhancement Inquiry Form below is to be completed for more significant inquiries related to the following areas:

  1. Approval of wage enhancement for a child care site
  2. Reporting the misuse of wage enhancement funding for a child care site

Individuals wishing to report an issue in one of these areas must complete the Wage Enhancement Inquiry Form and submit it via email to:

Candice Trotter, Acting Supervisor, Contract Management

All inquiries will be responded to, in writing, within 15 business days.


General Operating Grant

General Operating Grant Funding is intended to support the costs of operating licensed child care programs in order to:

  • Increase salaries and wages of child care workers to enhance staff stability
  • Increase payments made to private‐home day care providers
  • Make child care more affordable for parents
  • Stabilize or reduce fees for services for all families
  • Improve access to high quality, affordable early learning and child care services for children and families

Current Funding Opportunities

There is currently no additional funding available for new operators to receive the General Operating Grant. As funding becomes available our Contract Management team will contact you.

Program Eligibility and Funding Conditions

General Operating Grant Funding
2018 General Operating Grant Funding Tip sheet

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Funding Eligibility

In order to apply for any funding listed on this page, child care operators must:

  • Hold a clear licence from the Ministry of Education to provide child care services
  • Be located in York Region
  • Meet all Regional screening criteria

Once they have been approved for funding, child care operators must:

How to Apply for a Child Care Services Agreement

You need to apply for a Child Care Services Agreement. Please complete the Funding Request for Child Care Operator form.

If you currently have an agreement and would like to add care codes, please send your written request to candice.trotter@york.ca and complete the Funding Request for Child Care Operator form.

If you have any questions, contact the Supervisor of Child Care Services at 1-877-464-9675 ext. 72174.

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