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May 16, 2013 Director Updates:
Peel's Early Learning & Child Care Service System

Dear Partner,

2013 continues to be an exciting year for Peel’s early learning and child care system - from provincial funding to new local tools to help early learning providers with their long-term planning; from expanding Raising the Bar and professional education initiatives to developing a new region-wide special needs strategy. I would like to take this opportunity to provide a few key updates on recent developments and work underway.

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Task Force

The Region of Peel ELCC Task Force met on April 18, 2013 to receive updates on recent provincial announcements and the implementation of the September 2012 Council-approved Task Force recommendations. Links to the staff presentation and five reports that were presented are as follows: 

Peel Regional Council approved receipt of the reports listed above on May 9, 2013.

New Funding Available for Transformation, Capital Retrofits, Repairs & Maintenance and Play-Based Materials  

The province has announced funding for non-profit operators to assist with transition to support 0 - 3.8 year olds. It includes:

  • Business Transformation (business plans, IT upgrades, mergers and acquisition costs, etc.)
  • Capital Retrofits (converting spaces for children 0 - 3.8 years in community-based centres)

The province has also announced funding for all operators who provide services to children up to 12 years of age. It includes:

  • Repairs and Maintenance (health & safety)
  • Play-based Materials and Equipment (0 - 12 years)

All applications went out to Child Care Agencies in April 2013.

You will find links to the relevant applications below:

Completed applications must be received by May 31, 2013. Capital Retrofit applications are due June 14, 2013.  For more information, please contact Hana Tovara at 905-791-1585, ext. 3838 or at hana.tovara@peelregion.ca.

Business Planning Information Sessions for Child Care Non-Profit Boards 

Over 75 board members and senior representatives from local non-profit operators attended sessions to obtain information that will assist in business planning and accessing professional education and funding opportunities (including capital retrofits and business transformation funding that is only available to non-profits under Ministry of Education Funding Guidelines).

As a follow up to the sessions, Early Learning Services staff are meeting with individual boards of directors to answer questions and support their planning efforts. Please contact Cindy McCullough at cindy.mccullough@peelregion.ca for more information.

Wage Improvement Funding Update

2013 Wage Improvement funding is available to all child care agencies that applied in 2012 - no new application is required. The 2013 allocations will not exceed the amount received in 2012 and is subject to the verification of child care operating capacity and full-time equivalent (FTE) staffing.  In the coming weeks, child care agencies will receive FTE staffing and child care operating capacity forms for verification and sign off. Please ensure that all forms are completed accurately and signed by someone with signing authority.

Child Care Demand Forecasts: Peel Data Centre

The Region of Peel is proud to be home to the Peel Data Centre (PDC). The PDC is a valuable online resource that provides data to help you (providers) understand your community and plan your services.

Recently, new forecast data was posted onto the Peel Data Centre to support the early learning and child care system. The forecast data is organized by local geographies known as Service Delivery Areas (SDAs). The new forecast data contains two sets of information that can assist child care providers with service planning:

  1. Population Forecasts  for children up to 12 years of age (2011 - 2031)
  1. Child Care Demand Forecasts projects the demand for child care for children ages 0 - 5 by service delivery area (2011 - 2013)

To download the data and the geographies please go to the 2012 Service Delivery Area page.

Peel’s Special Needs Strategy

Increasing services and support to children with special needs and their families was a key focus of the Early Learning and Child Care Task Force and its recommendations.

The project steering and advisory committees include representatives from Special Needs Agencies as well as Peel Early Learning Special Needs Advisory Committee (PELSNAC), and child care providers. Progress to date includes the completion of a gap analysis, review of best practices and service delivery models in other municipalities, and consultations with over 200 community stakeholders. The new service delivery model currently under development is expected to be presented to the ELCC Task Force in the fall.  

Raising the Bar Celebrates Five Years!

Congratulations to Raising the Bar in Peel (RTBP) on their fifth anniversary! Raising the Bar in Peel is offered through a partnership between Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP) and the Region of Peel.  It is a commitment to best practices in the early learning and child care education community in Peel.  

At the anniversary event, 75 child care agencies received their bronze, silver and gold level certificates and 311 early learning professionals received platinum certificates for completing at least 20 hours of professional development in the last year. We are also pleased to report that five new programs also joined Raising the Bar in Peel in March.  Congratulations to all for making this exciting commitment to continuous improvement!

It is easy to join and we encourage all to do so.  For more information, please visit the Raising the Bar in Peel website or contact the program co-ordinator, Gayle Ballard at 905-507-9360, ext: 330 or gayle@rtbpeel.ca.

Professional Development  

Peel’s Early Learning Services team is working in partnership with CDRCP and local colleges to provide additional professional education opportunities. The training opportunities will respond to what we heard from providers when surveyed about the Impact of Full-Day Kindergarten on Child Care in Peel.

2012 Survey: Impact of Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) on Child Care in Peel

The results of the third annual Child Care FDK Impact Survey are now available and show that FDK has had a greater impact on chid care than operators had initially anticipated.

Survey highlights include:  

  • 49% had experienced revenue reductions as a result of 4 and 5-years-olds enrolling in FDK
  • 49% had experienced Registered Early Childhood Educators leave for FDK opportunities with school boards
  • 75% plan to transition programs to serve 0-3.8 years

We wish to thank you for your participation in these surveys as it enables us to monitor and respond to trends and needs in our community, as well as inform our advocacy efforts.

Peel Children and Youth Initiative invites you to “Join the Conversation” on System Planning:

Wed. June 5, 2013 8:30 a.m. to Noon, Coptic Centre, 1245 Eglinton Ave W., Mississauga.  

Let’s plan together for children and youth. Come and join if you:

  • Work with Peel's children and/or youth
  • Want to have a say in Peel's system planning
  • Want to be plugged into the action

For more information, visit www.pcyi.org/system-integration. RSVP by May 29, 2013 to alue@pcyi.org

If you have any questions regarding this communiqué, please do not hesitate to contact Jan Graves, Manager, Service System Management, (905-791 7800, ext. 8915 or janice.graves@peelregion.ca) or myself at the co-ordinates below.

Regards,

Joan Kaczmarski
Director, Service System Management Division
Human Services Department
Region of Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B, 5th Floor
Brampton, ON L6T OE3
905 791 7800 Ext: 7242
Fax: 905 861 9079
joan.kaczmarski@peelregion.ca

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