Early learning and child care for all

A toolkit for bringing about public policy change

Child Care Now

Canada’s national child care advocacy coalition

Latest news

Parent fees down to $10 a day in three provinces ahead of schedule

May 29, 2023

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced that parents who access licensed child care will pay $10 a day as of this Spring.  “This is welcome news for families who have access to a licensed child care space but unfortunately that’s the case for far too few,” says Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child...

Committee Report on federal early learning and child care legislation presented in House of Commons 

May 29, 2023

On May 4, 2023 the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) presented to the House of Commons its report on Bill C-35, the federal government’s proposed early learning and child care legislation.  This report includes several amendments to the legislation, informed by the briefs...

New report: Half of Canada’s young children still live in child care deserts due to shortage of licensed spaces

May 29, 2023

As $10-a-day child care is rolling out across Canada, an insufficient number of spaces relative to demand remains a major challenge. Not Done Yet, a report just published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the availability of spaces across the country and finds that nearly 48 per cent of younger children in Canada live...



Working towards all early learning and child care programs Canada-wide being high quality environments for children, families, and educators.


Working with the government and other policy stakeholders to implement Canada-jurisdiction early learning and child care agreements.

Gender Equity

Seeking a system of early learning and child care because we know that it directly impacts women’s participation in the paid labour force, and positively correlates to achieving gender equity.

Families and Caregivers

Striving for parent, family, and caregiver needs such as accessibility and affordability of early learning and child care to be met.


Moving beyond the current patchwork, market-based child care model to a solid system that serves everyone.


Advocating for decent work and proper compensation inclusive of pensions and benefits for all Early Childhood Educators and the child care workforce.