The Centre for Excellence in Child Care, founded in 1995, has a new name - Family Day Innovation Centre. The goal remains the same - "to improve the quality of child care through funding and support for research projects and professional consultation with other organizations".
Operating under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Family Day Innovation Centre is a 'virtual entity', supporting projects that can be described as discovery-based, knowledge-building, collaborative, rigorous and credible - activities that enhance creative program design, both theoretical and practical.
In everything we do, our priority continues to be to enhance the nurturance, health, education and development of young children and their families. We are actively seeking out partners, including post-secondary educational institutions that share our vision; funding will be available to assist with selected projects.
Quality Early Learning Network
The Quality Early Learning Network (QELN) is an association of 18 non-profit organizations delivering early childhood education and care services in southern Ontario. Family Day is a member of this network.
In its paper
SOLUTIONS -- How the Ontario government can rescue and ensure
the viability and quality of the province’s child care system, QELN offers the Ontario government a comprehensive plan to
ensure the on-going viability and quality of the province’s child care services. The paper
outlines the significant financial challenges facing the sector as well the research evidence
documenting the significant economic, social and educational benefits derived from an
accessible, high quality child care system. Finally, it sets forth recommendations for short, mid-term and long term actions. Read the paper.
The Centre for Excellence in Child Care has supported three major initiatives:
- Quality in Home Child Care Settings: A Critical Review of Current Theory and Research
By Irene J. Kyle, Ph.D.
This paper critically reviewed current Canadian, European and US research with a view to summarizing what was known about quality in home child care and considered a number of the characteristics that make home child care unique. More specifically, it examined how quality is defined and measured and identified the key factors essential for its implementation. The paper concluded with a summary of lessons learned from the research and proposed an ecological framework for evaluating quality in Ontario. more
- International Conference on Child Care, 2002
This academic meeting was a joint venture of the Centre for Excellence in Child Care and the University of Guelph.
- The Elora Partnership
The Elora Partnership is a consortium of children’s services providers from across Ontario focused on the development of an effective model for the accreditation of home child care providers. The Partnership includes Family Day Care Services, Toronto, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Toronto, Network Child Care Services, Toronto, Andrew Fleck Child Care Services, Ottawa, Today’s Family, Caring for Your Child, Hamilton, and The Region of Waterloo Home Child Care Program. more
For further information, please contact Diane Daley, Director, Development and Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.