Our Mission and Vision

Every child experiences the joy of learning through play. 
All children have the right to play.
Play is how learning happens.

Working together to enrich today’s families; we want what is best for children.

It is about belonging.

Our programs cultivate authentic, caring and inclusive relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults and the world around them.

It is about expression.

Every child is a capable communicator who expresses themselves in many ways. We foster communication and expression in all forms.

It is about well-being.

We believe that every child is developing a sense of self, health and well-being. Our programs nurture children’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self.

It is about engagement.

We value engagement. Our programs provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry.

Care

We care. It is the essence of who we are. We care for the children who take part in our programs, for their families, for our staff and providers and for our environment.

Who we serve

Children

We care for children in licensed home-based, centre-based, before and after school, and day camp programs. We want what’s best for all children.

Neighbourhoods

We are close to families. We work to increase the amount of child care spaces in underserved and isolated neighbourhoods. We know that living within close proximity to child care centres keeps families healthy and connected.

Youth

We work with youth. With the support of federal Canada Summer Jobs funding, we employ youth and new professionals who help us lead our summer day programs each summer. Our youth counsellors build positive mentoring relationships with our young campers.

Future Educators

We work in partnership with local colleges and universities to create opportunities for new professionals to build a future of caring, collaborative, innovative and accountable Early Childhood Educators. 

Families

We engage families in EarlyON Centres, where parents, caregivers and children learn, grow and connect together.

Future of Child Care

We want what’s best for children today and tomorrow. We collaborate with local, provincial and national partners to advocate for affordable, accessible, and inclusive child care for all families. We know that a National Child Care Strategy is critical to the lifelong development of children across Canada.

Accountability

We are accountable. Our primary accountability is to the children and families we serve. It is our job to make sure they are nurtured and respected.

Total Revenue of $13,166,846

Sources

Subsidized Child Care Fees$2,034,64015.45%
Child Care Fees$1,906,33114.48%
City of Hamilton$3,894,86529.58%
Halton Region$492,0303.74%
Norfolk County$518,8583.94%
EarlyON$971,9077.38%
Outreach Services$14,0850.11%
Federal Government Assistance3,334,13025.32%
Total Sources$13,166,846100%

Uses

Salaries and Benefits$7,210,16654.76%
Home Child Care Providers$2,245,32717.05%
Program / Other Costs$1,295,1979.84%
Rent and Occupancy$455,6953.46%
Amortization of Assets$239,6961.82%
Surplus$1,720,76513.07%
Total Uses$13,166,846100%

Collaboration

We collaborate. On our own, we can teach, help and care for the children in our midst. Together, with other organizations, we can help to make change and chart new directions for all children

Our Community Partners

Affiliated Services for Children & Youth

Arts For All

Association for Early Childhood Educators, Ontario

BGC Hamilton-Halton

Bike for Mike

Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board 

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs

Canadian Child Care Federation

Carlisle Church

Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton

Centre3 for Print and Media Arts

Centre de Sante Communautaire

Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton

City of Hamilton

Community Living Burlington

Family Day Care Services

Fanshawe College – Simcoe Campus

Grand Erie District School Board

Halton District School Board

Halton Region

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

Hamilton Community Foundation

Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts

Hamilton District Chamber of Commerce

Hamilton Public Library

Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Child Care Centres Inc.

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Haldimand-Norfolk REACH

Haldimand & Norfolk Social Services

The Halton Resource Connection

High Five – Quality at Play

Home Child Care Association of Ontario

Knox Church

Learning Enrichment Foundation

Lynden Church

Marshall Memorial Church

Milton Community Resource Centre

Mohawk College

Ontario Nonprofit Network

Parks & Recreation Ontario

Quality Early Learning Network

Reach Out Centre For Kids

Regional Municipality of Haldimand Norfolk

Sheridan College

Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton

St. Matthew’s House

Umbrella Child and Family Centres

Waterdown District Children’s Centre

Wee Watch Hamilton

Wesley Urban Ministries

YMCA of Hamilton / Burlington / Brantford

YWCA Hamilton

Inclusion

Today’s Family is committed to promoting diversity, advancing equity and fostering a culture of inclusion.

Inclusion at Today's Family

Like many, Today’s Family has done a lot of learning over the past year. We know that there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that every child, family, staff member, provider, and member of the community feel like they belong in our spaces.

In 2021, Today’s Family has undergone an equity assessment of our organization to support us in working towards eliminating barriers for people to play, collaborate, work and care in our neighbourhoods. Looking to the future, Today’s Family is committed to being thoughtful in working toward meaningful Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Innovation

Today's Family by the Numbers

We innovate. We are creative and try new things. We embrace change and do things differently.

Over 4000 Children

572 Children in Emergency Child Care

246 Staff

116 LHCC Providers

51 Youth Employed Through CSJ

74 Communities Served

29 Centre-based Programs

20 Virtual EarlyON Programs