Trust and Confidence Report

Child Care System Management Profile

This service is responsible for planning and funding licensed child care programs, administering financial assistance for eligible families through a fee subsidy and allocating additional resources to families and child care programs who provide care to children with special needs.  

Child Care System Planning and Stabilization is a priority focus in the Early Years Community Plan. The goal is to ensure a high quality, sustainable, accessible and, increasingly integrated child care and early learning experiences for all children and their families.

Service Details

Related Subservices

  • Planning and Development
  • Funding
  • Subsidy Eligibility and Placement

Type of Service

  • Public facing

Rationale

  • Essential/Mandatory, Legislated requirement

Primary Funding Sources

  • Grants / Subsidies
  • Net Levy

Service Level

  • At standard

Service Level Source

  • Legislated
  • Funding agreement/grant covenant

 

Performance Measures

2020


How much did you do? (volume)

Due to COVID-19, child care centres were closed from March – September 2020 impacting the number of children and families accessing the system.

  • ​Number of child care sites: 238
  • Number of operating child care spaces: 13,530*
  • Number of FTE child care staff receiving wage enhancements: 1,600
  • Numberof children receiving child care fee subsidy monthly: 3,640*
  • Number of special needs children who receive additional resources that supports inclusion in a child care classroom: 1,051
  • Number of child care providers participating in Hamilton Early Years Quality Program (HEYQP):72
  • Number of initial visits to child care operators as part of HEYQP: 7 small virtual group sessions and 22 individual virtual meetings
    • Of these visits, 2.6%required a follow up visit to comply with HEYQP
  • Funding allocation breakdown (follow up meetings not scheduled for 2020)
    • 57% of total provided to child and family services (for example, child care fee subsidy)
    • 37% of total provided to operator supports (for example, general operating grants, affordability grant, special needs resourcing, etc.)

*reflects the average from March and December 2020 due to closures

How much did you do? (volume)

  • Number of child care sites: 213
  • Number of operating child care spaces: 13,323
  • Number of FTE child care staff receiving wage enhancements: 1,713
  • Numberof children receiving child care fee subsidy monthly: 4,405
  • Number of special needs children who receive additional resources that supports inclusion in a child care classroom: 1,537
  • Number of child care providers participating in Hamilton Early Years Quality Program (HEYQP):75
  • Number of initial visits to child care operators as part of HEYQP: 112
    • Of these visits, 2.6%required a follow up visit to comply with HEYQP
  • Funding allocation breakdown
    • 57% of total provided to child and family services (for example, child care fee subsidy)
    • 37% of total provided to operator supports (for example, general operating grants, affordability grant, special needs resourcing, etc.)

How well did you do it? (quality)

  • 98% of families accessing child care fee subsidy rated their service experience as good or higher

Is anyone better off? (impact)

  • In 2019, 20% decrease in follow up visits related to quality in child care and early years programs suggests that organizations and their educators increasingly engaged in implementing their goals and transferring professional learning into practice
  • 2019 Licensed Child Care Provider Survey (as per Special Needs Resourcing) shows a significant improvement in providing all children with the benefits of diverse learning environments.

How much did you do? (volume)

  • Number of child care sites: 214
  • Number of operating child care spaces: 13,400
  • Number of FTE child care staff receiving wage enhancements: 1,563
  • Number of children receiving child care fee subsidy monthly: 4,228
  • Number of special needs children who receive additional resources that supports inclusion in a child care classroom: 1,301
  • Number of child care providers participating in Hamilton Early Years Quality Program (HEYQP): 75
  • Number of initial visits to child care operators as part of HEYQP: 104
    • Of these visits,20% required a follow up visit to comply with HEYQP
  • Funding allocation breakdowno48% of total provided to child and family services (for example, child care fee subsidy)
    • 48% of total provided to child and family services (for example, child care fee subsidy)
    • 46% of total provided to operator supports (for example, general operating grants, affordability grant, special needs resourcing, etc.)

How well did you do it? (quality)

  • 91% of families accessing child care fee subsidy were satisfied with the service they received
  • 89% of families accessing the online application for child care fee subsidy were satisfied

Is anyone better off? (impact)

  • Since June 2018, the Child Care Affordability Grant has provided 4,800 children and their families with reduced child care costs.Families across Hamilton feel a sense of relief with the reduction of child care costsand report they are nowable to save for future education savings and higher participation in work activities as a result of receiving this grant.

How much did you do? (volume)

  • Number of child care sites: 206
  • Number of operating child care spaces: 13,293
  • Number of FTE child care staff receiving wage enhancements: 1,590
  • Number of children receiving child care fee subsidy monthly: 3,465
  • Number of special needs children who receive additional resources that supports inclusion in a child care classroom: 1,116
  • Number of child care providers participating in Hamilton Early Years Quality Program (HEYQP): 76
  • Number of initial visits to child care operators as part of HEYQP: 109
    • Of these visits, 23% required a follow up visit to comply with HEYQP
  • Funding allocation breakdown
    • 50% of total provided to child and family services (for example, child care fee subsidy)
    • 43% of total provided to operator supports (for example, general operating grants, affordability grant, special needs resourcing, etc.)

How well did you do it? (quality)

  • Number of regulated child care spaces per 1000 children: 208
  • Percentage of subsidized child care spaces: 20%
  • As of May 2017, there is no longer a waitlist for child care fee subsidy

Is anyone better off? (impact)

  • In 2017, the new model for Special Needs Resourcing (SNR) was introduced. This model provides children 4 to 12 years of age access to supports. These supports were previously not available to this age group.
  • From 2016 to 2017, the new model for SNR provided supports to 160% more child care locations. The new model focuses on increasing the capacity of child care staff to support inclusion in a child care classroom.