Sign the open letter urging Ontario to prioritize not-for-profit child care

Sign the open letter urging Ontario to prioritize not-for-profit child care

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has released an open letter urging Ontario’s Minister of Education to prioritize nonprofit child care providers over for-profit ones. The letter highlights the risks associated with expanding for-profit child care, citing failures in other regions.  ONN warns that expanding for-profit child care could divert public funding away from necessary investments…

Ontario advocates call on governments for more non-profit and public child care

Ontario advocates call on governments for more non-profit and public child care

Two years after Ontario signed onto the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) plan, the province’s child care sector remains in crisis due to underfunding and poor implementation. In his first public statement on child care, new Ontario’s Education Minister Todd Smith requested federal Minister Jenna Sudds further privatization of the CWELCC system by…

Newfoundland and Labrador advocates launch petition for decent pensions  

Newfoundland and Labrador advocates launch petition for decent pensions  

Child Care Now – Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a new petition calling on the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador to introduce a defined benefit pension plan for the ECE workforce. The group is advocating for the provincial government to fund 100% of employer contributions and increase ECE wages to compensate employees for the…

Child Care Now’s National ELCC Workforce Policy Table tackles immigration and ELCC

Child Care Now’s National ELCC Workforce Policy Table tackles immigration and ELCC

On June 26, 2024, members of Child Care Now’s National ELCC Workforce Policy Table convened to explore and discuss how immigration can serve to strengthen ELCC and grow the ELCC workforce.  Foreign workers, immigrants, and international students are being actively recruited to join the ELCC sector but not enough is being done to ensure that…

Manitoba provides increased funding for wage grid supplement and operating grant 

Manitoba provides increased funding for wage grid supplement and operating grant 

The Manitoba government has amended their child care regulations to provide facilities with a 2.75 percent increase to the wage grid supplement, effective July 1, and a five percent increase to the base operating grants, retroactively effective April 1. This increase was first announced May 3 2024 and reflects the government’s commitment in their 2023-2024…

The economic benefits of Quebec’s child care program re-explored

The economic benefits of Quebec’s child care program re-explored

In an interesting new paper authored by Sebastien Montpetit and Colleagues, researchers took a close look at the implications, successes and lessons from Quebec’s child care reform in the 90s. Canada’s childcare landscape is complex and always evolving, meaning that outcomes and impacts of policies are often difficult to measure. The Reform of Quebec’s child…

New survey report on Ontario ELCC workforce released

New survey report on Ontario ELCC workforce released

An Ontario research report on the early learning and child care (ELCC) workforce titled Knowing our numbers: A community approach to understanding the early childhood education workforce was released June 26 2024. This report was first initiated by the County of Simcoe, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and the County of Lambton to better understand the…

Newfoundland and Labrador introduce medical benefits program for Early Childhood Educators

Newfoundland and Labrador introduce medical benefits program for Early Childhood Educators

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced a new medical benefits program for early childhood educators working in regulated child care services participating in the Operating Grant Program. The new medical benefits program will launch in fall 2024 and will be managed by the Association of Early Childhood Educators Newfoundland and Labrador (AECENL). The benefits…

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