Umbrella has written and researched several publications over the years. You can order these resources by calling Umbrella at (416) 686-9869. Arrangements can be made for pick-up or the publications can be mailed for a shipping and handling charge.

Umbrella Annual Conference

There are many excellent workshops to choose from as well as a wide variety of exhibitors from the daycare field. The conference provides professional development for childcare providers as well as a great way to network with other professionals in the childcare field and share information and ideas.

School Age Conference

Many workshops (but not all) are offered twice so if your choice is full at one session, you may be able to register for the other session. You’ll have the opportunity to meet suppliers and converse with your colleagues from other centres. It’s an important networking event that you won’t want to miss.

Fee And Salary Survey

An annual survey of Umbrella member centres. Includes statistics on parent fees and staff salaries (broken down by region) of child care centre salaries and parent fees as well as vacation credits, staff benefits and leaves and rental charges. The survey is extremely helpful to boards and staff.

Cost: $100.00 per copy. (Free to Umbrella members who have filled out the survey)


Annual Subscription

Topical & timely news and information for child care professionals

Cost is $75.00 per year. Included with Umbrella Membership. 

Board Of Director's Manual

Easy to read and a must-have for child care boards! It covers topics such as accountability, bylaws, Board Job Descriptions, Meetings, Recruitment and Orientation, Committees, Employee Relations, Board Training, Confidentiality, Parliamentary Rules, and much, much more.

Cost is $85.00 for binder + $13.50 postage and handling or $75.00 for Cerlox bound copy + $11.00 postage and handling.

Board Job Descriptions

Includes guidance on development of a general job description for board members, sample job descriptions for Chair/President, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and supporting Committees.  Also contains sample nomination and recruitment letters and Board Assessment checklist.

Cost is $20.00 per copy + $3.50 postage and handling.

Successful Board Meetings

Contains information on how to run successful board meetings and make them productive.  Includes policies, information on minutes, confidentiality, distance meetings, meeting terms and procedures, quorum and parliamentary procedures.

Cost is $10.00 per copy + $3.50 postage and handling.

Conflict of Interest

Information on terminology and development of a Conflict of Interest policy.  Includes sample policies.

Cost is $8.00 per copy + $3.50 postage and handling.

Evaluating the Centre Director - Includes CD

Includes sample Supervisor/Director job descriptions, staff evaluations of the Director, sample Director self-evaluations, sample Director evaluations.  Comes with CD of easy-to-edit sample templates.  Great addition to the Board of Directors Manual.

Cost is $25.00 per copy + $6.50 postage and handling.

The Annual General Meeting

An annual AGM is a legal requirement of a non-profit organization.  This resource package includes notification requirements, sample agendas, parliamentary procedure rules, and orientation information.

Cost is $10.00 per copy + $3.50 postage and handling.

Communicable Diseases

Includes information about symptoms or colds, chicken pox, diarrhea, impetigo, measles, pinkeye, roseola, strep throat, and many others.

Cost: $5.00

Steps for Starting a Child Care Centre

Outlines the preparation for licensing and inspection. Includes incorporation information.

Cost: $10.00 per copy. S & H charge-$2.50


Umbrella has been told over the years that there is a need for a network for school age child care providers.

We have heard from many professionals in school age centres that they need workshops, exhibits and networking opportunities tailored to their specific needs.

In response to this need, Umbrella runs half day conferences solely for our school age child care providers and the workshops and displays are targeted for school-age professionals only.

Curriculum Kit Resources

Besides the many books, resources and videos in our Resource Library, Umbrella has curriculum kits available. Click here for a sample of available kits. They have been prepared to include items that will help you extend your own resources. The kits are in great demand and we’re adding to them continually. We also have over 100 children’s books! Come in and browse through them. We have many curriculum idea books as well.