The Government of Ontario requires the EarlyON Child and Family Centres have a minimum of one Registered Early Childhood Educator to operate every program offered to families and children. If programs operate outside the scope of EarlyON CFCs, there is no mandated requirement at this time. FSIO advocates for an interdisciplinary team including the required RECE but also staff with other qualifications/skills that meet the needs of their families and children participating in their program.
FSIO provides training for individuals working in family support programs and offers a certificate program entitled the Essentials in Family Supports. Over the past decade or so, various academic and other institutions have developed training approaches for family support professionals. These include but are not limited to Families Canada, Ryerson University and Mothercraft. Family support professionals typically come from a number of professions, including, education, early childhood education, social work and community development. In some cases, staff are community members or past program participants.