Early Years and Child Care Services
The Early Learning Centres Program
CDI operates four Early Learning Centres. Our Centres are located in diverse communities across Toronto and are licensed by the Ministry of Education. We maintain specific health, safety, fire and program standards outlined in the Child Care and Early Years Act, CCEYA and the Assessment for Quality Improvement. Each Early Learning Centre has a service agreement with the City of Toronto Children’s Services department to provide subsidized child-care spaces for families in need of assistance.
Our Early Learning Program provides young children with a positive learning experience in an inclusive, child-focused play-based environment. Our Directors and teachers are Registered Early Childhood Educators and Early Childhood Assistants. Our program provides a balance of child-initiated play and exploration opportunities. We welcome and encourage parent involvement and have an active Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for our Centres.
The four Early Learning Centres that CDI operates is enrolled in the Canada Wide Early Learning Child Care Agreement. To learn more, please click here.
For more information about our Early Learning Centres please refer to the Family Handbook and the Waitlist policy below:
For further information about our Early Learning Centres, please contact the Centres directly:
Fraser Mustard Early Learning Centre
82 Thorncliffe Park Drive
Toronto, ON M4H 0A2
Serving the Thorncliffe Park community with 88 spaces for children from infancy to age 4 and the Kindergarten Before and After Program.
Parkdale Early Learning Centre
119 Close Avenue
Toronto, ON M6K 2V2
Serving the Parkdale community with 49 spaces for children from infancy to age 4.
Wellesley Early Learning Centre
495 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ON M4X 1K7
Serving the St. Jamestown community with 62 spaces for children from infancy to age 4.
Windermere Early Learning Centre
103 The Queensway
Toronto, ON M6S 5B3
Serving the Queensway/Windermere Ave. community with 57 spaces for children from infancy to age 6.
Looking for information about Toronto Children's Services subsidy? Click here.
EarlyON Child and Family Centres
CDI operates Parkdale-High Park EarlyON Child and Family Centre (CFC) and welcomes families with a range of services and resources. At our EarlyON CFC, parents, caregivers, and children can engage in fun activities, get advice from professionals trained in early childhood development and connect with others in the community.
The EarlyON CFC offers a variety of drop-in and registered programs and services for parents, caregivers, and children under the age of six. All programs and services are free of charge.
Toronto Children’s Services is responsible for the planning and administration of EarlyON services, following guidelines set by the Ministry of Education. The Centre’s mandatory core services, as outlined by the Ministry of Education, are:
- Engaging Parents and Caregivers
- Supporting Early Learning and Development
- Making Connections for Families
Parkdale-High Park EarlyON CFC provides an environment that engages parents and caregivers to strengthen adult-child relationships, support parent education and foster healthy child development.
The EarlyON CFC is staffed with Registered Early Childhood Educators who respond to parent/caregiver concerns.
Programs and services include:
- Early learning and literacy programs
- Programs that build responsive adult-child relationships
- Public Health led programs
- Access to a Toronto Public Health nurse
- Community Resources and Services
- Families are referred for more specialized services as required
Our latest program calendars can be found here.
Parkdale-High Park EarlyON Child and Family Centre is located in in the Dundas West and Keele (Junction) neighbourhood at 2918 Dundas St. West. For information, please contact 416-762-3700.
Our child care centres and EarlyON Centre follow all Provincial and Toronto Public Health guidelines and practice enhanced health and safety protocols.
Child Care Support Team
CDI delivers consultation services and other support services to licensed child care centres in Toronto under the “Every Child Belongs”(ECB) service model. The goal of the ECB model is to support inclusion within child care centres so that every child has access to child care in their community that offers inclusive, developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences.
Child Care Consultation Services
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. 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.