Senate should amend child care act to rule out federal funding for informal arrangements

Senate should amend child care act to rule out federal funding for informal arrangements

Child Care Now has called on members of the Senate standing committee studying the federal government’s proposed child care legislation to amend Bill C-35 so as to ensure federal funds for early learning and child care (ELCC) are directed only to regulated and licensed child care programs.

During her appearance before the Senate Committee, Child Care Now Executive Director Morna Ballantyne urged speedy passage of the Bill but expressed concern that if early learning and child care is not properly defined a future government might use the law to authorize public funding of informal unregulated child care arrangements.

BC advocates welcome wage support, continue to call for publicly funded wage grid

BC advocates welcome wage support, continue to call for publicly funded wage grid

Child Care Now joins the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC) in welcoming the announcement of an additional $2/hour in publicly funded wage enhancements for early childhood educators in British Columbia and an additional $2,000 annual top-up for educators with infant/ toddler or special needs certification.  The new government funding, which brings the…

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) have jointly released a position paper and policy brief highlighting the child care workforce shortage and how a publicly funded salary scale can support the successful implementation of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) plan.  The position…

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have released new Action Plans to continue implementation of the Canada-Manitoba Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and the Canada-Manitoba bilateral agreement. Manitoba is the first province/territory to reach agreement with the Government of Canada on the content of the Action Plans for the 2023-2026 period. Agreements are…

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

Child Care Now is calling for increased federal spending on the early childhood education workforce, and for much bigger federal investments in the construction of more not-for-profit and public early learning and child care facilities. In a recent submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Child Care Now has recommended that the…

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

The government of Prince Edward Island has released its proposed changes to the province’s Early Learning and Child Care Act, including changes to ECE certification titles and an increase in capacities of licensed centres. The consultation process for these changes ended July 19th 2023 and included public consultation sessions and written feedback with the Early…

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Workforce strategy must include action on wages and working conditions Child Care Now congratulates the federal, provincial and territorial ministers most responsible for early learning and child care for agreeing to develop a multilateral child care workforce strategy when they met July 12, 2023 in Iqaluit to discuss and share their priorities for early learning and child…

Jimmy Pratt Foundation releases Roadmap on expanding early learning and child care in Newfoundland and Labrador 

On July 6th 2023 , the Jimmy Pratt Foundation released its fourth discussion paper on the early years in Newfoundland and Labrador. “Making Space: 2023 Roadmap on Early Learning and Childcare” which proposes 5 pathways supported by researchers and advocates that would help the government create more regulated spaces rapidly. While there are many possible…

Federal Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund is a good step, more are needed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was joined by Karina Gould, Minister of Children, Families and Social Development on June 28th 2023 to announce that the $625 million federal  Early Learning and Child Care infrastructure fund promised in the 2022 federal budget will start to flow funds to provinces and provinces to help defray the capital costs…

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