Message from the Supervisor
Effective January 1, 2000, the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board (DSB) was designated by Ontario as a consolidated municipal service manager (CMSM) with respect to management responsibilities for the Child Care system, as legislated in the Day Nurseries Act and Regulations.
Since divestment from the Province, the Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB's Children's Services Department has seen a number of significant changes as a result of new Ministry policies and directives. The biggest and most significant of these developments is the Ontario Government's Best Start initiative.
Under phase one of Best Start the Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB was able to add in 2006/07 an additional 252 licensed child care spaces throughout our jurisdiction. These spaces have primarily been created in elementary schools in accordance with the Ministry's school's first policy.
In addition to the increased spaces under Best Start, the changes in the Province's subsidy Eligibility guidelines from a Needs Test to an Income Test means more families through out our area will qualify for child care subsidy. To see how affordable licensed child care really is, click on our Quick Income Test button on the side bar. If you are interested in applying for subsidy simply fill out an application and forward it to our office.
In phase two of Best Start, the Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB worked with children's service providers that are part of the "Manitoulin-Sudbury Best Start Network" to integrate a variety of providers into a full-service "Hub" concept. As a result of this initiative, four main Hub sites were developed with outreach services to their surrounding communities. Best Start Hubs are a one-stop centre for children and families that offer child care programs, parent-child programs, parenting supports, as well as access and referrals to a wide range of specialized services. Click on the Best Start Hubs tab for more information on services and locations.
The current focus of the Ministry of Education is Child Care Modernization which is intended to stablilize the child care sector. In addition, the goal is to move Ontario towards a high quality, accessible and co-ordinated child care system. Changes expected to come include a new funding formula for the management and distribution of child care funding envelopes. To keep up to date on Children's Services, and on the changes as they occur, click on the Children's Services Report tab.
Children's Program Supervisor
Phone: 705-862-7850 ext. 150