OMSSA's Hand in Hand Report

How the province and municipalities can create the best early learning and child care service system in Ontario 

In March 2009, OMSSA released Hand in hand: How the province and municipalities can create the best early learning and child care service system for Ontario, a report prepared by the association’s Service System Management of Early Learning and Child Care Task Force.

Our report makes clear that Ontario’s children thrive when served by a comprehensive quality early learning and child care services system that is accountable, sustainable, and flexible.

Such a system requires:

  1. A commitment to the highest levels of service quality
  2. An accountability framework that focuses on successful outcomes for children rather than outputs for service deliverers
  3. Funding sustainability, stability, predictability, to meet those outcomes
  4. Flexibility to meet those outcomes in locally appropriate ways

In presenting OMSSA’s vision for a sustainable, flexible, and accountable system of quality early learning and child care services, we emphasize the need for local service system managers and the province to work hand in hand to create this system. We also highlight the central service system management role played by CMSMs and DSSABs.

The paper contains a series of recommendations in four areas:

  • Recommendation 1: Service quality
  • Recommendation 2: Shared accountability
  • Recommendation 3: Funding sustainability
  • Recommendation 4: Local flexibility