Healthy Child Development
Child Development Institute's Healthy Child Development programs provide an inclusive early learning experience in a safe and supportive, play-based environment.
We recognize that:
- Children learn through active engagement in their environment
- Caring and responsive relationships between children and others promote security and a sense of belonging for children
- Knowledgeable, experienced and responsive teachers provide an enriched learning experience
- Partnerships with families and engagement in our community strengthen and enhance a child's development
Child Development Institute operates five Early Learning Centres across the City of Toronto. Our Centres are licensed by the Ministry of Education, and we maintain specific health, safety, fire and program standards outlined in the Child Care and Early Years Act (2014), and the Toronto Children's Services Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI).
Our directors and teachers are registered early childhood educators and experienced early childhood assistants.
Each Centre has a fee subsidy agreement with the City of Toronto Children’s Services. For more information about subsidies, please contact Toronto Children’s Services at 416-392-5437 or www.toronto.ca/children.
Early Learning Centre locations
Click here for a list of Early Learning Centre locations. For further information, please contact the Centre directly.
The Early Learning Centres Program
Our inclusive program promotes child development by encouraging children to become actively involved in their environment and with others. Play-based indoor and outdoor activities incorporate both teacher involvement and independent play. Our individual and group activities are designed to foster development in language/literacy, social/emotional competency and cognitive and motor skills. Children with special development needs participate simultaneously in the same activities as their peers.
Each of the Early Learning Centres strives to build links with their local community in order to connect families and children to neighbourhood resources that will develop and expand their social network and enrich the early learning program.
As one of CDI’s four core service streams, the approach at our Early Learning Centres also reflects many of the agency’s values:
A family-centred approach
Communication with families is very important: families are important partners in helping us understand a child's learning needs. We welcome parent feedback and parent involvement through volunteering in the Early Learning Centres. Each Centre maintains an active Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). In addition, CDI’s Family Resource Workers are available to support families on all parenting issues. Families have access to CDI’s early intervention programs, if needed.
Our Early Learning Centres support inclusion of children with special needs. We also embrace cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity.
Continuous learning and knowledge sharing
Our Early Learning Centres serve as placement facilities for post-secondary Early Childhood students, keeping us connected and current with the latest in child development knowledge. Our staff also participates in ongoing professional development, specifically How Does Learning Happen?
Click here to download the Early Learning Centre Parent Handbook.
The Parkdale-High Park Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) offers a variety of free programs and services for parents, caregivers and children under the age of six. Programs and services include:
- Early learning and literacy programs
- Parenting programs such as Mother Goose and Nobody’s Perfect
- Public Health led prenatal programs and parenting education programs
- Access to a Toronto Public Health nurse
Click here to view our latest program calendar.
CDI operates the OEYC in partnership with West Neighbourhood House. Our community partners include:
- Creating Together
- More Than Child’s Play
- Queen Victoria (Public School) Partners
- College Montrose
- 4 Villages Community Health Centre (Early Years 2 Program)
- Parkdale Community Health Centre
All services are free of charge. Families are referred for more specialized services as required.
The Parkdale-High Park OEYC is located in in the Dundas West and Keele neighbourhood at 2918 Dundas St. West. For information, please contact 416-762-3700.