Who we are
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) is dedicated to promoting a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system. Our organization is non-profit, membership-based and regionally representative.
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) came out of the second national child care conference held in Winnipeg in 1982. Over 700 delegates from all provinces and territories called for an effective voice to pursue child care issues at the federal level and promote a broad consensus within all regions of Canada. Check out the following resources for more information on the history of the CCAAC and Canada’s child care advocacy movement:
- Moving Forward Together
- Childcare Advocacy and Canadian Policy Processes: History and Practice From World War Two to the Present
Today, the CCAAC continues to work with provincial and territorial child care organizations as well as unions and labour groups within the child care advocacy movement. In 2013 the CCAAC and partners developed the Guiding Principles for Child Care Advocates to reflect on and support
the strong partnerships that have seen us through the last 30 years. To learn about the CCAAC story from 2001 onwards see our Annual Reports.
What we stand for
Our goals for children and families
- Child care as a cornerstone of progressive family policies
- The right of all children to access a child care system supported by public funds
- A comprehensive and affordable child care system that is inclusive, quality, and non-profit
- A range of child care services for young and school age children
We are supported by a broad membership base of individuals, families, child care programs, regional and pan-Canadian groups and organizations, and overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors. Our central office is in Ottawa.
What we do
- Circulate updates and other social media alerts on child care issues and advocacy initiatives at the federal level and across the country.
- Prepare information bulletins, fact sheets, background papers, information kits and briefs on federal child care issues.
- Present workshops and speak at conferences.
- Speak to the media about child care issues.
- Develop proposals for government action.
- Partner in initiatives that support the wellbeing of Canadian families, such as social justice campaigns related to poverty, women, education, and health.
The CCAAC believes that sustained political action is key to building support for a universal, pan-Canadian child care system.
We organize activities, initiate campaigns and work with other pan-Canadian organizations to raise the profile of child care as a political issue and generate support for our aims. We advocate specific solutions to child care issues through briefs and submissions to government, as well as lobbying all major federal parties.
Our commitment: to promote the shared vision of a universal, pan-Canadian child care system that meets the needs of all children and parents.
Our Key Activities
- Promote a vision of early childhood education and care (ECEC) based on child care as a right of every child
- Monitor and respond to policy developments
- Raise public awareness of child care
- Support provincial and territorial initiatives in line with our policy aims
- Work with federal opposition parties to keep child care on the public agenda
- Respond to the growing threat of commercial child care chains
Recent Advocacy Campaign
- Vote Child Care 2015, brings together child care advocates and supporters from across Canada to promote the vision endorsed at the ChildCare2020 Conference.
- Child Care is a Right, a project that returns to the roots of the women’s movement to explore child care from a women’s, children’s and family rights position. The core of this project is to explore Canada’s international treaty obligations to women, children and families as they pertain to child care. It focuses on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and related General Comment #7, the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In partnership with Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC).
- Rethink Child Care, a multi-year campaign aimed at making public and non-profit child care a priority in the 2015 federal election.
- WeNeedChildCare.ca, a campaign to inspire action on child care through the sharing of child care stories and needs online. 2010/11
- Code Blue for Child Care, a Canada-wide campaign to save the bilateral child care agreements and build a real pan-Canadian child care system (2006/07), and to keep advocates and families informed and updated during the 2011 federal election.
- Building Blocks Campaign, CCAAC’s first campaign to work with a broad coalition to get the federal, provincial, and territorial ministers of child care to negotiate a good child care agreement. 2004/05
- Making the Connections: Child Care Policy (CCP), supports communities and the federal, provincial and territorial governments to better understand and analyze early learning and child care policy and investments.
- Building Women’s Equality in Child Care Policy (WEP), advances equality for women by shaping federal child care policy to be sensitive to women’s economic, social and political concerns.
- Minding your P’s & Q’s: Pedagogy, Policy and Quality (Ps & Qs), a project that facilitates a national dialogue on curriculum issues in national policy-making toward the establishment of a national curriculum policy framework.
- Parent Voices, a project that brings parents together so that their voices are united and strong when they speak out about the child care services they need in their communities.
- Childcare Advocacy and Canadian Policy Processes: History and Practice From World War Two to the Present, a research project that explores the complex relationship between child care advocacy and the processes of policy development and change in English Canada, from 1945 to the late 1990s.
Find out more
Our resources section includes links to CCAAC research papers, public and government briefing documents, fact sheets, bulletins, and annual reports. You can also check out our Advocacy Updates Archive for more information