The General Manager, Children's Services, recommends that:
1. City Council endorse principles and evaluation criteria contained in Appendix A of this report and instruct staff to use these tools to guide development of a new child care funding model for the City of Toronto.
2. City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, to report to the February, 2014 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee on a recommended child care funding model and implementation strategy.
This report describes the new provincial child care funding framework that was announced in December, 2012 and defines the way in which municipalities are funded by the Province. The report also outlines the process through which the framework will be customized to create a "made in Toronto" funding model for child care programs and families. Draft principles guiding development of the model and evaluation criteria for assessing various options are presented for Council approval. These principles and criteria reflect input from a diversity of child care stakeholders.