High-quality licensed child care provides Ontario’s children with safe, responsive, and caring interactions that build a strong foundation for development and well-being.
When children are nurtured in environments where their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical health is considered, they thrive in countless ways.
90% of adult brain development occurs between birth and age five.
High-quality licensed child care helps children develop vital skills during their first five years, which marks a critical developmental period in a child’s life.
Early childhood educators (ECEs) provide children with the foundation they need to grow into future leaders. ECEs use their extensive knowledge of learning and child development to create high-quality learning opportunities through play and exploration. Educators are trained to:
- Understand brain development and how to support healthy growth
- Identify children’s developmental stages and capabilities in social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical domains
- Build partnerships with families to support children’s well-being
- Plan activities that promote learning and build on children’s current abilities and interests
Participation in high-quality learning environments, can help support children and their communities and to improve social, health, and academic outcomes.
Benefits for children
- Improved physical and mental well-being
- Decrease in chronic health problems
- Increased self confidence
- Improved outcomes in literacy, math, and science
- Higher rates of completing high-school
- Increase in conflict resolutions skills
Benefits for communities
- Increases the number of women in the workforce
- Decreases the need for social assistance
- Increases household income
- Decreases participation in criminal activity