Many children, families and child care and early years staff/providers are experiencing increased stress and anxiety, feelings of isolation and are worried about their health and well-being and that of their family and friends.
Below are some resources and tips about mental health and well-being to support the child care and early years sector, children, and families.
All school-age and kindergarten programs operated by The Learning Enrichment Foundation are closed due to the provincial shift to online learning. Please stay connected through Storypark for upcoming announcements and communications from your centre Supervisor.
How can I receive a fee subsidy to attend an LEF centre?
The Learning Enrichment Foundation has a purchase of service with the City of Toronto that supports families in need of financial assistance to participate. Please visit the Toronto.ca website, where you fill find the most up to date information on fee subsidies and how to apply.
Additional information can be found here.
What kind of snacks/lunches do you provide?
Our menu is approved by a dietitian and is reviewed and updated annually. When visiting a centre, the supervisor will share the menu with you. Also, there is always extra fruit, bread or cheese available for children should an extra snack be requested.
Can my child bring their own food?
Due to children with food allergies and/or dietary restrictions, we ask families to not bring food from home to the centres. Special accommodations may be considered, please follow up directly with your centre supervisor.
What qualifications do Educators have?
Our educators are second-to-none in the sector! Every room has at least one educator who is a registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). Other educators in a room may have accreditation as an Early Childhood Assistant (ECA), a Child & Youth Worker (CYW) or experience as a provider of recreation programming. All have current First Aid and CPR certifications. Centre supervisors are all RECEs, many with supporting academic accreditation including teaching certificates or early education degrees and all have a minimum of two years experience in the child care sector.
The Education Savings Incentive (ESI) program offers hope for a child’s financial future and helps them to reach their goal.
You may be eligible to participate in education savings programs including the Registered Education Savings Plan, the Canada Learning Bond and the Canada Education Savings Grant.
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