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Our Philosophy

We believe that children and families are central to everything we do. We believe in understanding and responding to the needs of our community. We believe in collaboration, support,  and mutual respect.

Family-Centred Child Care

Family Day recognizes the importance of the family and the community in child development. As a family-centred child care organization, we work to strengthen the relationships among children, families and communities. Family Day understands culture, diversity, community and public policy all affect child and family development. We support our families and recognize and respect parents as the most important caregivers for children.

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8 key principles guiding Family Day staff

  1. Each family has its own characteristics, strengths and resources.
  2. All families have strengths.
  3. Children and their families are part of a community.
  4. Families have the most influence on their children.
  5. Parents have interests, roles and responsibilities in addition to their family responsibilities.
  6. There are many ways for a family to be involved with their child’s care.
  7. Families and staff both have something to offer each other.
  8. Staff have opportunities to develop family centred child care practices.

What our commitment to family-centred care means

  • Family members are encouraged to become involved in our programs.
  • We promote partnerships with families through communication such as newsletters and special events and program
  • Staff and caregivers honour family diversity and values.
  • Staff and caregivers support parents’ efforts to advocate for their children.
  • We work to establish links between families and the community.
  • Family Day parents, staff and caregivers are partners in caring for children. We work to develop relationships that build trust and confidence.

Land Acknowledgement

We recognize the many Indigenous nations who have lived and continue to live across this land and honour their care of this land and their relationship with it.  We are grateful to be living and working here today. Family Day’s administrative office is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.  The land is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Family Day recognizes the impacts of racism against Indigenous peoples and the critical importance of truth and reconciliation. Taking action at all levels of the organization, we strive to promote inclusive programs and services, where every child is empowered to reach their full potential.

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Family Day operates child care programs, extended day and school-age programs, and licensed home child care in Toronto, York and Peel. We also work with children and their families in our EarlyON Child and Family Centres and our in Family Support programs.

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