Ontario to release new child care funding formula, implementation scheduled for 2025

Ontario to release new child care funding formula, implementation scheduled for 2025

In a bid to address mounting concerns from child care operators, Ontario has unveiled a timeline for a revamped funding formula under the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) program. The move comes after multiple delays by the government and persistent warnings from operators about the program’s sustainability without adequate funding approaches. The government’s…

The roll out of full-day kindergarten in Nova Scotia had a positive impact on mothers’ labour market participation

The roll out of full-day kindergarten in Nova Scotia had a positive impact on mothers’ labour market participation

Access to early learning and child care has many purposes, or rationales. For decades, sociologists, child development researchers, and economists, among others, have touted the positive impact that participation in quality early childhood education and care can have on children, their families and communities more broadly (for example, see Penn, 2011). A recent study published…

Introducing Child Care Now’s new project and report investigating child care expansion in Canada

Introducing Child Care Now’s new project and report investigating child care expansion in Canada

A new report by Child Care Now provides a baseline for monitoring the expansion of licensed early learning and child care spaces across Canada since the implementation of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) Agreements.  Drawing primarily on data collected through the Childcare Resource and Research Unit’s Early Childhood Education and Care in…

Pan-Canadian ELCC growth 2008-2021: a snapshot

Pan-Canadian ELCC growth 2008-2021: a snapshot

Child Care Now has released the first report, ‘Pan-Canadian growth of Early Learning and Child Care since 2008’, of the Growth by Design project, which is funded by the Employment and Social Development Canada’s Early Learning and Child Care Innovation grant Program.  The  report provides a baseline for monitoring the expansion of licensed early learning…

How provinces and territories are funding the capital cost of expanding regulated child care

How provinces and territories are funding the capital cost of expanding regulated child care

Most provinces and territories have put in place funding programs to support the capital costs associated with expanding regulated child care. Most of these programs focus on increasing the number of spaces for children under age 6. Across the provinces and territories, there are variations in the amount, eligibility and other conditions attached to grants…

Alberta moves closer to $10/day licensed child care

Alberta moves closer to $10/day licensed child care

Alberta has reached an average fee of $15-a-day for licensed child care as of January 1, 2024, says Employment and Social Development Canada. The reduction in fees means that some Alberta families could now save up to $13,700 annually per child in regulated child care compared to what they paid prior to the introduction of the Canada-wide system of early-learning and child care. Unlike other provinces, the Alberta government is relying heavily on parent fee subsidies to make child care more affordable instead of significantly improving operational funding for licensed programs.

Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Bill C-35, an Act respecting early learning and child care in Canada, as amended by the Senate of Canada, was adopted unanimously on February 29, 2024 by the House of Commons. This landmark legislation affirms in law the Government of Canada’s commitment to build a primarily not-for-profit and public system of early learning and child care that provides accessible, inclusive and  low-fee child care services for all in Canada. The passage of the legislation is a significant victory for child care advocates who have been calling for a federal child care law as recommended more than 50 years ago by the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

Government of Nova Scotia and Canada agree on three-year child care action plan

Government of Nova Scotia and Canada agree on three-year child care action plan

The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have released a new Action Plan to continue implementation of the Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement in the province.  Nova Scotia is the second province/territory to reach agreement with the Government of Canada and publish Action Plans for the 2023-2026 period. Agreements are required…

Child care advocates assess success of $10aDay program to date and what’s next 

Child care advocates assess success of $10aDay program to date and what’s next 

On February 12th 2024, early learning and child care advocates from across Canada joined three webinars organized by Child Care Now to discuss how we can advance our collective goal of making affordable licensed child care available to all families, and inclusive of all children. Child Care Now Executive Director Morna Ballantyne gave an overview…

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