On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Home Child Care Association of Ontario, HCCAO, I'm pleased to report that 2015-16 was a year of great promise for advancement in licensed home child care.
This year has seen the continued roll out of new regulations for home child care in Ontario. With that has come new challenges and new opportunities. We have worked closely with Shannon Fuller, the acting Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education (Early Years Division) and her team on clarifying the role of the licensed agency and the role of the home visitor and the relationship with the provider in home child care. We are working together, with a strong commitment from both the provincial government and municipal governments, to strengthen home child care services for families in Ontario. Recently, the provincial government announced the creation of 100,000 new licensed child care spaces, which includes licensed home child care. Working together with our association, our staff and our providers, we are optimistic about growing and strengthening services within homes for families across the province.
Thank you to the Board of Directors of the Home Child Care Association of Ontario and all the volunteers for their continued hard work in helping us modernize home child care.
We look forward to serving you in 2016-17.