Multi-year funding in budget welcome but need significant boost in annual allocations to build accessible, affordable, quality child care system over time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Multi-year funding in budget welcome but need significant boost in annual allocations to build accessible, affordable, quality child care system over time Ottawa – March 22, 2017 Advocates for affordable child care applaud the federal government’s commitment to multi-year funding for early childhood education and child care but say the budgeted increases […]
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Improve quality of child care services and move to free early childhood education, says Quebec Commission

The final report of Quebec’s commission on early childhood education released on February 21, 2017 says it is time to reposition child care as part of a system of early childhood education that integrates seamlessly with preschool and primary education and enshrine the principles of universality and free access. The independent Commission, initiated by the […]
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Ontario Coalition advances 3 big ideas for expanded system

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care has called on the provincial government to act in three areas as it moves to double the number of child care spaces over the next five years: An affordable sliding fee scale, geared to income, with a cap Base funding of programs based on fair wages for educators […]
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Federal Finance Minister’s Advisory Council advances universal child care as a policy option for economic growth

Families with young children should have reasonable access to a sufficient supply of affordable, high-quality, and convenient child care, says Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth in a report released just as the drafting of the next federal budget enters the final stage. The economic advisory council report identifies four demographic […]
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Evidence says extending parental leave to 18 months could hurt women’s equality

The federal government’s proposal to extend parental leave to 18 months will negatively affect gender equality, says Queen’s University law professor Kathleen Lahey. In an interview on CBC’s 180 radio show, Lahey explained, “it has been demonstrated through very careful econometric research that once a woman has left her paid job for any purpose for […]
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Seeking new parents and parents-to-be

Please help spread the word about an on-line survey of parents now expecting a baby or on maternity/parental leave.  This joint research is a project of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and is aimed at improving strategies to help families access child care and developing better understanding of parents’ […]
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Child Care Shortage a serious issue for Manitoba Business Leaders

The Manitoba Child Care Association reports that Probe Research’s 15th annual Manitoba Business Leaders Index showed that 76 percent of the provinces’ CEOs and business leaders consider the lack of child care in the province a serious issue. Currently, there are more than 15,000 children on Manitoba’s waiting list. Almost half of business leaders (49%) […]
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Leading BC child care advocate puts child care on the list of 50 bold ideas for Canada

Mab Oloman became a child care advocate as a new parent in 1976.  She thought the problem would be solved by the time she became a grandmother but the child care crisis has grown.  Recently she contributed another appeal for government action on child care to This Magazine’s special 50th anniversary issue featuring the best […]
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Please participate in on-line actions for child care

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) have both launched on-line campaigns calling for a multi-year funding commitment for early childhood education and child care in the next federal budget. The groups say the federal government must put federal money on the table as it negotiates with […]
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$10aDay Child Care Plan will boost BC economy

A new economic study by renowned private-sector economist Robert Fairholm concludes that the $10aDay Child Care Plan proposed by BC child care advocates will create 69,100 jobs, have a positive impact on the GDP, and generate sufficient government revenues to pay for the government spending required to build and operate the system. Live in BC? […]
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