Frequently Asked Questions
Family Support Programs in Ontario are funded in many different ways. Some are funded by the Province i.e., EarlyON CFCs, some by municipalities, United Way, faith groups, or foundations. Canada Action Programs for Children (CAP-C) are funded by the federal government under the Public Health Agency of Canada. Almost all programs struggle financially, and most engage in local fundraising activities to make up for funding shortfalls or expand their service delivery based on family and community need.
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.