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TCDSB Policy Register 

Child Care Centres B.R.02


Date Approved:
Dates of Amendment:
May 15, 2003 – Board Meeting
BM p 95, 16 Jan 97;  BM p 124, 16 Jun 88;  BM p 18, 17 Dec 87;  BM p 126,  19 Jun 86;  BM p 371, Jun 85; BM p 211, Feb 81; BM p 259, Apr 77.
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The Toronto Catholic District School Board supports the establishment of quality Child Care and Family Support Programs in schools where space can be provided by the Board. 


1. Services for young children within the school setting provide a supportive and secure environment and a continuum of care for the transition from care to school. If school space is available to accommodate these services, tenure of space will be done on a cost recovery basis for no less than one school year. 
2.  With respect to existing programs, a community-based incorporated Board of Directors or parent advisory committee will continue to oversee the operation of every child care facility located in a Toronto Catholic District School Board school before a lease agreement can be signed or renewed. The Board of Directors or Parent Advisory Committee will be composed of a minimum of four (4) members. The majority of members should be parents of children in the Child Care or Family Support Programs.
With respect to new programs, an approved organization, which is expressing an interest in operating at a specific school location, submits a letter of intent to the Director of Education. The principal will determine availability of space. A parent advisory committee from the school community is formed to select the operator, provide input and work in partnership with the selected operator for the successful implementation of the program. 
3. The school principal or designate shall be consulted and have input into all matters of the Child Care or Family Support Program as it relates to school space, regulations or school policy. The principal will also be advised of each meeting of the Board of Directors or Parent Advisory Committee and be provided with an agenda of that meeting and thereafter, the minutes of that meeting as it pertains to his/her school. 
4. Programs that are located within Toronto Catholic District School Board schools must show proof of licensing by the Ministry of Community, Child and Family Services (if applicable) as well as required insurance coverage. 
5. In the matter of leases:
(a) Each program should have a valid signed agreement with the Board.
(b) The operators of each program should hold a minimum of one meeting per year with the principal to discuss matters related to the Program.
(c) The renewal of the lease or license agreement is subject to the needs of the Board.
(d) Programs that have exclusive or shared space within Toronto Catholic District School Board schools will be charged rent on a cost recovery basis as per Board policy.
(e) Each organization will submit a notarized financial statement annually to the Director of Education. 
6. The Toronto Catholic District School Board encourages the participation of co-op students within these child-centered programs where possible. 
7. The Toronto Catholic District School Board reserves the right to develop rules and regulations to ensure the safety standards in buildings housing Child Care and family support programs.