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Ontario’s Best Start Plan


The McGuinty government’s Best Start plan for child care, early learning and healthy development is helping more children arrive in Grade 1 ready to learn. The plan, which supports children prenatal through to age six and their families, provides vital services that support a child’s development, including infant hearing programs, preschool speech and language programs and other supports.

Best Start also includes an expansion of Ontario’s regulated system of early learning and quality, affordable child care. Almost 15,000 new licensed child care spaces province-wide have been created as part of Best Start.

EARLY CHILDHOOD HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

New Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program

Expanded Preschool Speech and Language Program (PSL) and Infant Hearing Program (IHP)

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Free access to child development tool

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