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…

Child Care Now applauds Nova Scotia government’s pension and benefits announcement 

Child Care Now applauds Nova Scotia government’s pension and benefits announcement 

On December 19, 2023, the Nova Scotia government announced that it will be taking immediate steps to provide defined pension plan coverage for employees who work in licensed early learning and child care programs. Employees will also be entitled to health, life, long term disability and dental benefits through the Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) and they will be available to all employees, whether working full or part time.

Child Care Now Nova Scotia commends the government for listening and responding to the demands of child care advocates, and taking this very large initiative to support the child care workforce.

Ontario advocates continue to call for system change in response to Ford government’s announcement on wage floor increase

Ontario advocates continue to call for system change in response to Ford government’s announcement on wage floor increase

The Ontario government announced that on January 1, 2024 it will increase the wage floor for Registered ECEs to $23.86 an hour – up from a planned increase to $20 an hour.  Child care advocates point out that this wage floor increase does nothing to improve compensation for non-RECE staff and leaves out any RECE who earns above the floor.

Get ready for November 30th, the Day of Action for ELCC

Get ready for November 30th, the Day of Action for ELCC

Families across Canada are crying out for access to early learning and child care (ELCC). The federal government’s historic child care initiative has brought down parent fees for licensed child care for children under 6, however, there are only enough licensed spaces for a fraction of those who need it. The federal, provincial and territorial…

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.

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…

Ministers responsible for child care urged to make workforce crisis their first priority

The critical shortage of qualified early learning and child care educators across Canada is a major obstacle to fulfilling the Government of Canada’s promise to build a high quality $10 a day child care system that all young children can access, says Child Care Now, Canada’s national child care advocacy association. In an open letter to the federal,…

Child Care fees on track to drop substantially in most big cities, but not all are projected to meet targets: new report

Child care fees in Canadian cities are on track to drop significantly, but some provincial child care action plans fall short of meeting the federal government’s target to bring down fees by an average of 50 per cent, says a new fee study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 

Ottawa park named after Early Childhood Educator, Cindy Mitchell

Ottawa park named after Early Childhood Educator, Cindy Mitchell

Ottawa City Council has approved the renaming of Sir Wilfred Laurier Park to Cindy Mitchell Park on April 13, 2022. This renaming is in recognition of Cindy Mitchell’s extensive service to the community. Mitchell was an Early Childhood Educator, working at Bettye Hyde Nursery for 27 years, where she retired in 2020. Mitchell is known…

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