Money Matters, Parenting

Peel Childcare & Subsidy 101

Calling all UTM student parents and staff members with children! Are you looking for childcare programs in your area? Need help paying for childcare? We’ve got you covered. This blog has got some of the important information you need to access, and pay for, on campus childcare programs.

UofT is home to a number of childcare centres and programs that provide students and staff with children flexibility in choosing childcare.  The UofT Early Learning Centres (ELC) are located on both the UTM and St. George campuses and aim “to provide a safe, secure, supportive and stimulating environment where children are free to grow to their potential.” Loyal to the broader  UofT philosophy, the ELCs are diversity-friendly and welcome children from all backgrounds.

The ELC gives priority to current students, staff and faculty of U of T. You can attend a open house (generally in April and November) to check out the facilities and find out more about the program before applying. In order to apply, you’ll have to submit the required form (by email, mail, or fax). Once your application has been received, you will to be added to the waiting list.  When a spot becomes available, you’ll be contacted with more info. Download the application form and learn more bout fees and payment for the St. George and UTM ELC sites online.

We understand that childcare can be expensive. Thankfully, the provincial and municipal governments offer fee subsidy programs to help families with kids under the age of 12 cover costs associated with childcare. There are a number of childcare subsidy programs available across the province, including in the Region of Peel. In order to be eligible for the Peel Region childcare subsidy, you must be:

• A Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or refugee with a valid work permit or school authorization.
• The parent, foster parent or legal guardian of a child up to 12 years of age.
• Residing with the child.

All  applications can be submitted online, or by phone: 905-793-9200 (toll-free 1-800-327-5379). The webpage of services in the Region of Peel also has a subsidy estimator  which takes your household income, and some details about the ages of your children, in order to determine your eligibility for the program.  Applications for the childcare subsidy should be completed at least six weeks before the confirmed start date for your work/school or as soon as you’ve secured a subsidized childcare space.

For those parents living in Toronto, find out more about Toronto Children’s Services fee subsidy program which may be helpful to you!