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Before- and After-School Program - 4 to 12 Years

Through the Early Learning and Care Policy, the TDSB recognizes the Early Years as being critically important in supporting children’s holistic development and in attaining and supporting the mission and values of the Board. As required under the Education Act, the TDSB supports more than 350 fee-based Before-and After-School Programs serving students  in Kindergarten to Grade 6 in schools where sufficient demand and viability has been demonstrated. 

If there is already a Before- and After-School Program at a school, it is recommended that parents/guardians connect directly with the program for more information, including details about registration, days and hours of operation, as well as program fees. Before- and After-School program fees are generally in the range of $29-$38 per day.

Families accessing a fee subsidy through the City of Toronto will be able to apply this at Extended Day Programs and most school-based licensed child cares. For more information about fee subsidies, please visit the City of Toronto website or call 311.  

If your school does not offer a Before- and After-School Program, please refer to the City of Toronto’s Child Care & Before-After School Program Locator  for community-based programs.  

TDSB Before- and After-School Programs
Planning for 2024-25

The TDSB would like to better understand the Before- and After-School Program (BASP) needs of Kindergarten to Grade 6 children. Families who are interested in a fee-based BASP at schools that currently do not have a program are able to express their interest through the online survey link below. Information collected through this survey will help identify where new BASPs may be needed starting in September 2024.

The 2024-25 Before- and After-School Program Interest Survey is available for the month of February. Families may also complete this survey by phone through the TDSB Child Care Services Office at 416-394-2072 option 2.

Before- and after-school program fees range between $26.00-$45.00 for instructional days, and $44.00-$59.00 for non-instructional days Child Care Fee Subsidy from Toronto Children’s Services may be available to support eligible families with program fees. Although many programs will participate in the Canada-Wide Early Learning & Child Care (CWELCC) system, there is no guarantee funding will be available and fees will be confirmed if there are enough registrations for program development.

Please note, completing this survey does not guarantee that a BASP will be offered at your child’s school. If there is sufficient initial interest, families will be notified, and a separate registration to determine viability will take place through a third-party licensed before- and after-school program.

Families who have questions about this survey and would like to speak to one of our team members may contact the TDSB Child Care Services Office at 416-394-2072 option 2 or CCS@tdsb.on.ca

Types of Before- and After-School Programs

Authorized Recreational and Skill Building Programs
Authorized Recreational and Skill Building Programs provide care and programming for children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 at the end of the school day. These programs provide activities that promote recreational, artistic, musical, or athletic skills. Authorized Recreational and Skill Building Programs operate in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act.

Extended Day Programs (EDP)
Extended Day Programs (EDP) are TDSB directly operated programs that provide seamless learning for children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 who require care before school starts and at the end of the school day. Children develop skills such as collaboration, responsibility, problem-solving, creativity, citizenship and leadership through interesting activities. Extended Day Programs are delivered by TDSB staff, including a Designated Early Childhood Educator, and operate in accordance with the Education Act.

Licensed Child Care
Licensed Child Care provides early learning and care programs for children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 who require care before school starts and at the end of the school day. These play-based programs complement the regular school day with a mix of exploration, guided independent activities, quiet time and outdoor learning. Licensed Child Care programs operate in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act and Child Care Licensing Standards.

TDSB Before- and After-School Programs for 2023-24