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.
Child Care Consultation services provide support for staff caring for children under the age of 12 with extra support needs in licensed child-care programs. Child Care consultants collaborate with child-care program staff and parents/guardians to identify the child’s strengths and needs, and to develop individualized goal plans and strategies to support the child’s development and participation in the program. Consultants visit the child-care centres on a regular basis to monitor needs and progress; they may also recommend additional services and resources. Referrals are made by the child-care programs after obtaining parental consent. 8 Child Care consultants also support their assigned child-care programs to build inclusive environments through training and program consultations. These services are also known as Resource Consultation services, delivered within the Toronto Children’s Services Every Child Belongs service framework.