The HCCAO is ...

The Home Child Care Association of Ontario (HCCAO) represents more than 70 Licensed Home Child Care Agencies which provide licensed, home-based early learning and child care in over 3,000 homes across Ontario.

Under existing legislation, Licensed Home Child Care Agencies and the individuals they contract with to provide home-based child care programs must follow all of the regulations contained within the province’s Child Care and Early Years Act. These provisions cover such areas as health and safety, program quality, nutrition, and police reference checks.

The HCCAO membership is committed to the well-being of children and has a strong interest in contributing to the dialogue about how child care programs for children are organized, delivered and regulated throughout the province. The HCCAO believes:

  • Licensing standards should apply to all home-based child care.
  • Legislated standards should apply to all home-based child care.
  • All children should have equal access to quality care.

Quality home-based care is achieved through the establishment of a minimum set of legislated standards that include: expectations regarding age-appropriate programming, developmentally appropriate supervision practices, minimum safety and health standards, regular inspections and mechanisms for enforcement, fair remuneration for caregivers, access to professional development and training, education and social support

HCCAO Beliefs

  • Quality in home-based care is achieved through licensing standards, fair remuneration, training, education and social support.
  • Licensing standards should apply to all home-based child care.
  • Legislated standards should apply to all home-based child care.
  • All children should have equal access to quality care.
  • Providers should receive fair payment.

Goals of HCCAO

  • To encourage and promote communication among individuals, groups, corporations, organizations, federal, provincial and municipal authorities engaged in the planning, financing and delivery of home child care services.
  • To encourage and promote the development of policies and programs in the home child care field.
  • To encourage and promote the adoption and maintenance of appropriate standards of practice in the provision of home child care.
  • To encourage and promote the continuing education and development of all individuals, groups, corporations, organizations and federal, provincial and municipal authorities involved in the provision of home childcare.
  • To encourage and promote social action as appropriate.
  • To encourage and promote research in the home child care field.

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