Child Care Consultation and Support Programs
Child Care Support Team
CDI delivers consultation services and other support services to licensed childcare centres in Toronto under the “Every Child Belongs”(ECB) service model. The goal of the ECB model is to support inclusion within childcare centres so that every child has access to childcare in their community that offers inclusive, developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences. CDI has a team of child care consultants (also known as special needs resource consultants) and Intensive Resource Support staff delivering services under this model.
CDI’s Child Care Consultation services provide support for staff caring for children under the age of 12 who have extra support needs and are attending a licensed childcare program. In supporting these children, child care consultants collaborate with child care staff and parents to identify the child’s strengths and needs and develop individualized plans and strategies to support the child’s optimal development and participation within the centre.
Consultants visit their designated centres on a regular basis to review goals and strategies, monitor progress and coordinate additional support and services, when needed, while maintaining regular contact with parents. Services such as program consultations, workshops and training for childcare staff or parents are also available.
CDI consultants also work within the CITYKIDS network to provide screening and referrals to families seeking childcare and who may require other services.
Children are referred to this program through individual child care centres.