Childhood Development Resources
Humber Child Development Centre: Caring for Children, Educating Students
Humber operates a high-quality, non-profit, community-based child care centre for children from birth to five years, providing year-round care to 98 children and their families in fully inclusive environments. The centre is licensed through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and receives funding through a purchase of service with the City of Toronto. Our staff consists of a Director, nineteen registered Early Childhood Educators, seven Resource Consultants and two Cooks.
Supporting Our Community
In addition to programs offered within the centres, five of our Resource Consultants work in the community to provide consultation to staff and families. We are currently providing consultative services and professional development opportunities to approximately 50 centres in North York and Etobicoke.The Humber Child Care Centres also have a contract with the City of Toronto and as a result, are responsible for establishing professional development to support the success of more than 950 child care centres across Toronto. Two of our Resource Consultants created an extensive training calendar that is distributed twice per year. This training is specifically designed to meet the professional development needs of ECEs, Supervisors, Resource Consultants and Home Care Providers.
Through partnerships with families, the Humber Child Care Centres strive to meet the needs of all children by offering a variety of group activities and experiences. These centres also function as lab demonstration facilities for students within Humber’s Early Childhood Education Department and the University of Guelph-Humber.
Humber Child Development Centre
416-675-6622 ext. 4484
Early Childhood Education Resource Centre
The Resource Centre operates like a lending library and student volunteers, work/study students and Pina Leo, a part-time ECE faculty member, keep the centre open Monday through Friday. ECE and ECAS students are able to investigate and choose from a variety of materials and activities to meet the needs of all children in their placement settings. They might need a sensory motor experience for toddlers or activities that allow children to practice their fine and gross motor skills. The staff provide suggestions and direct them to materials that are developmentally appropriate. Students can choose from activities and materials for infants to school age children. It is a great way for students to meet, socialize and exchange ideas, plus the volunteers are able to develop skills in the management of a drop-in resource centre. The Centre is always looking for student volunteers – visit the Centre (Room E301A) to find out about the benefits of volunteering.
Behind an ordinary-looking door across from a row of lockers in a quiet hall at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is something quite extraordinary. Its name – the Early Childhood Education Department (ECE) Resource Centre – merely hints at the wonders inside: a room lined with shelves neatly filled with thousands of books, games, puzzles, puppets – every activity imaginable for a child’s fun and enjoyment. “It’s a very valuable resource that supports students in their practicum, giving them a wide range of materials and educational props to enhance their planning and teaching,” explains Carol Reid, a faculty member in the ECE Program.
For more information on the ECE Resource Centre, please contact:
416-675-6622 ext. 4119
Therapeutic Play Lab
Providing students with an experience as close as it gets to real life.
Humber’s four-year Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program is firmly grounded in the disciplines of child and youth care psychology, sociology, community development, political science and education. Students focus on the theory, research and practice of optimal wellness, integrating developmental, preventative and therapeutic approaches into the lives of children, youth, families and communities.