Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, a significant time for the child care advocacy community to engage in learning, unlearning, and critically examining how our actions contribute to systems that perpetuate racism in Canada. While this month is an important time for reflection, action and celebration; practicing anti-racism and unlearning prejudice is not limited to the…

Briefing Note: Key findings and learnings from Newfoundland and Labrador’s Operating Grant Program (OGP) Review

What is the OGP? The Operating Grant Program (OGP) was introduced in 2014 and, since its commencement, both non-profit and for-profit providers have been eligible.  The OGP has grown significantly over the past decade, both in terms of the number of services accessing the grants and the amount of funding distributed to services. Since 2019…

On The Importance of High Quality Universal Child Care (Podcast Appearance)

Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child Care Now, recently shared insights on childcare, along with some guidance for childcare activists and advocates, on episode three of BC’s Path to Universal Child Care. The podcast focuses on the journey to universal child care in British Columbia. It is produced by Westcoast Family Centres. This is the…

Statistics Canada reports on access to child care in 2023

In 2021, the federal government committed to spending an additional $27.2 billion over five years to expand access to affordable, accessible and high quality licensed child care for all children in Canada. Combined with further investment from provincial and territory governments, this public expenditure is intended to create 250,000 spaces between 2021 and 2026. One way to track progress toward this target is to monitor the number of spaces created by each province and territory over these years

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…

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…

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