Finding Quality Programs

Finding Quality Programs

Out-of-school-time programs vary in terms of purpose and structure. They may be geared towards a certain population or focus on a certain issue.

This page is designed to help you recognize what high quality programs look like and what type of program would best suit the needs of you and your child.

What does quality look like


HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s comprehensive quality standard for children’s sport and recreation programs. Many programs use HIGH FIVE® to train their staff and ensure they have the compentencies and tools needed to deliver quality programs.

On their website you can access resources on healthy development and to learn about what makes quality programming. Use their tool Parent Program Review to help you improve your child's programming.

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Quality Ratings for Child Care Centres

To ensure quality child care is offered to families, the City of Toronto assesses licensed programs using a tool called the Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI). The results of this assessment are called quality ratings, and are posted online for all parents to view.


Canadian Active After School Partnership

This website includes resources to help you determine whether a program is providing a high quality experience for your child. Look for the resources entitled "Considerations for Parents/Guardians."


Where to start looking for programs

City of Toronto Child Care Locator

Use this tool to find licensed child care in your neighbourhood.

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Recreation Toronto

Access listings of registrered and drop-in programs offered by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

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Toronto Public Library

See what programs, classes and exhibits for kids and families are happening at the library.


211 Central

Browse a variety of human services, such as camps, recreation programs and mental health services.

  211 Central