Child Care Services

The Family Care Office has compiled  a list of child care resources that you can access. To learn more about services available to you, visit our COVID-19 Pregnancy and Child Care Resources page.

On Campus

The on-campus child care centres are staffed by professionally qualified early childhood educators. Each centre is separately incorporated as a not-for-profit and is licensed by the Province of Ontario. Child care subsidies may be available, please visit Caring for Children for more information. All of the centres give priority to University of Toronto families. To enroll, contact each centre directly to be placed on its waiting list.

The centres have re-opened (August/September 2020) and you will need to contact the on campus child care centre to determine if you are able to confirm a child care space.

Please note that the waiting lists for the U of T child care centres are very long and so parents are advised to apply early. If you need assistance with finding alternative child care arrangements while waiting for an on-campus child care spot, please contact us.

If you are a faculty, staff or graduate student you may also be interested in the corporate child care service provider, Kids & Company.

University of Toronto Early Learning Centre (3 locations)

7 Glen Morris Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2G4
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
Telephone: 416-978-6725
Fax: 416-946-5319

Leacock Lane Residence, 3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga
For more information contact Teresa Silva, Supervisor: or call 905-569-4422

Karen Venneri, Manager

Ages: 6 weeks – 4 years

The Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides a safe, secure, supportive and stimulating environment where children are free to grow to their potential. The curriculum implemented at the ELC is known as the Emergent Curriculum, which is based on the knowledge and understanding of child development. Early Childhood Educators record observations of a child’s interests and activities and use them as the starting point for providing experiences in an environment that supports emerging skills and ongoing development of the whole child. A full scope of activities in all learning domains (social-emotional, phwysical, language and cognitive) is provided and developmental checklists and recorded observations are shared with parents in a combination of formal and informal communications throughout the child’s tenure in the program.

The ELC is a department of the University of Toronto, and its priority is to enroll children of University students, staff and faculty.

Early Learning Centre – UTM

Has spaces available in the toddler and preschool program. For more information, please contact Teresa Alves-Silva at or 905-569-4422

University of Toronto Childcare Centre on Charles

35 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R6
Telephone: 416-415-2604

Effie Ntanou, Manager

Located within the University’s Student Family Housing, the Childcare Centre on Charles provides full -time and part-time care. This centre is operated by George Brown College and serves as a training Lab School for the students from the Early Childhood Education programs at the College. The childcare centre also supports research and curriculum development opportunities from both institutions. We believe that children require environments that respect who they are, and who they are becoming. Children learn best through play and our center offers a rich play-based curriculum that builds on their interests and emerging skills. Teachers work in partnership with families to create a warm and nurturing environment. As spaces become available they are offered to families in the following priority order:

1. Children of U of T students living within the Student Family Residence on Charles Street.
2. Children of U of T students (not living in SFH), staff and faculty.
3. Children of George Brown College students, staff and faculty.

Please note: Given the current high demand for spaces from students in the first priority group, it is unlikely that those in priority groups 2 & 3 will be offered a space.

Ages: 6 Weeks – 4 Years
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Weekdays

Includes lunch. Special dietary needs can generally be accommodated.

Campus Community Cooperative Day Care Centre

370 Huron Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2G4
Telephone: 416-946-0875

Campus Community Cooperative Day Care Centre provides stimulating and challenging programming in a warm and supportive community atmosphere that encourages diversity, inclusivity, cooperation, and transparency. Our staff creates and delivers high quality, child centered programming that inspires children and emphasizes communication, decision-making and free choice. The Centre is conveniently located a 5 minute walk from both Spadina and St George TTC stations on the University’s St George campus.

The Centre offers healthy vegetarian snacks and hot lunches prepared fresh by our on-site cook. Menus are planned with value placed on local and seasonal produce and offer a wide range of food experiences. The Centre is peanut/tree nut/sesame-free with no outside food allowed, and our cook is committed to partnering with families to accommodate food allergies.

Although not required, parents of the Centre are encouraged to be engaged in a way that suits their interest and schedule — by volunteering for one of the parent-staff committees that meet monthly to support the Centre’s operations or by helping out with a special project or event. Parent involvement creates a community of caring families that are supportive of one another, and we welcome you to join us!

Ages: 3 months – 5 years
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekdays

To apply for a daycare spot, please download, complete and return this application form. Priority is given to families affiliated with the University of Toronto.

N’sheemaehn Child Care Centre

University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC)
1255 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A3
Telephone: 416-287-7624

N’sheemaehn is a centre built with children in mind. Snuggled into a forest at the edge of a very beautiful campus, N’sheemaehn is fully staffed with Early Childhood Education teachers and governed by a Parent-University Board of Directors. A Board of Education curriculum is followed for all 4 to 5-year-old children during the school year. An on-site chef prepares nutritious hot lunches and snacks. The centre emphasizes self-control, positive behavior, independence, empathy, cooperation, self-esteem, and individuality.

Ages: New Born – 5 years
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Weekdays
Capacity: 54 full-time

Includes Lunches, snacks, pureed food for infants and cloth diaper service.

Kids & Company

Telephone: 1-866-MY KIDCO
Various locations across the GTA, Canada and the US.
Ages: 3 months – 12 years (depends on location)

Kids & Company is a corporate child care service providing full-time, part-time and back-up child care for faculty, staff and graduate students.

For a list of all locations, fees or to arrange a tour at one of their centres, please visit Kids & Company or call 1-866-MY KIDCO. Kids & Company Exclusive Partner Perks (PDF)

Back-Up Child Care

Back-up child care is available when your regular child care arrangements fall through. You can access this last-minute care for your children on a moment’s notice. Maybe your regular caregiver becomes ill, or there’s a school closure, or maybe you have to work on a scheduled day off. Whatever the case, this program is ready to fit your schedule with reliable, progressive child care for children up to 12 years old. Simply fill out the online Back-Up Day Booking form or call the centralized call centre at 1-866-MY-KIDCO and reserve a space. Each centre has a back-up capacity to care for a number of registered children with little or no notice. Availability of back-up care is on a first-come, first-served basis. But don’t worry, you’ll be offered the next closest Kids & Company centre if your first choice is full.

If you are a faculty, staff or a graduate student you may access back-up child care, and the cost is $80 a day for a total of 5 days. More days may be available at an additional cost, but you must contact Kids & Company for more information.

If you are an undergraduate student, or need to access a Family Care Office Emergency Back-up Child Care Pass, then please call our office at 416-978-0951.

Off Campus

Kids & Company is a corporate child care service providing full-time, part-time and back-up child care for faculty, staff and graduate students. For a list of all locations, fees or to arrange a tour at one of their centres, please visit the Kids and Company website or 1-866-MY KIDCO.

Annex Early Learning Centre
(Madison & Dupont) • 416-924-0545
Birth – 12 year

Friends Day Care Centre
(Bloor & St. George) • 416-922-7022
2 ½ – 5 years

HydroKids Day Care Centre
(College & University) • 416-592-5437
Birth – 5 years

Jesse Ketchum Child Care Centre
(Davenport & Bay) • 416-392-5061
Birth – 10 years

Kensington Kids Early Learning Centre
(College & Bathurst) • 416-927-0870
Birth – 6 years

Libbie Cowan Child Care Centre @ JCC
(Spadina & Bloor) • 416-924-6211 Ext. 0
18 months – 30 months

Orde Day Care Centre(2 sites)
(Dundas & University) • 416-598-3412/ 416-591-0040
Birth – 12 years

Queen’s Park Child Care Centre
(Wellesley St. W. & Bay) • 416-327-9979
Birth – 5 years

St. Stephen’s Day Care Centres
(College & Bathurst) • 416-925-2103 Ext. 1242 (91 Bellevue location) • 416-925-2103 Ext. 5110 (King Edward location)
3 months – 10 years

Gizhaadaawgamik Child Care Centre
(Broadview & Dundas E.) • 416-469-8417
2 ½ to 5 ½ years

McLoughlin Schools
(Avenue & Davenport) • 416-968-6163
2 ½ – 6 years

YMCA – Family Development Centre
(Wellesley & Yonge) • 416-513-1164
Birth – 12 years

Rose Avenue Child Care Centre
(Parliament & Wellesley) • 416-922-8827
2 ½ to 10 years
Operated by George Brown College

University Settlement Day Care
(Dundas St. W. & University) • 416-408-4058
Birth – 5 years

Nursery Schools

The Thomas & Marjorie Schwartz Preschool Centre @ The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
(Bloor & Spadina) • 416-924-6211 Ext. 0

Huron Playschool Co-operative
(Bloor & Spadina) • 416-977-1109

Mildenhall Montessori Schools (Taddle Creek Location)
(Bloor & Spadina) • 416-413-9493

Annex Montessori
(Bloor & Spadina) • 416-994-0549
18months – 6yrs.

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