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…

Nova Scotia’s approach to the child care pension plan raises concerns

The government of Nova Scotia has hired the consulting firm HUB International to develop options for putting in place extended benefits and pensions for the child care sector In a presentation made to the sector on May 11 2023, provincial officials and HUB international representatives described various options for benefits administration and two broad pension…

Parent fees down to $10 a day in three provinces ahead of schedule

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced that parents who access licensed child care will pay $10 a day as of this Spring.  “This is welcome news for families who have access to a licensed child care space but unfortunately that’s the case for far too few,” says Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child…

Committee Report on federal early learning and child care legislation presented in House of Commons 

On May 4, 2023 the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) presented to the House of Commons its report on Bill C-35, the federal government’s proposed early learning and child care legislation.  This report includes several amendments to the legislation, informed by the briefs…

New report: Half of Canada’s young children still live in child care deserts due to shortage of licensed spaces

As $10-a-day child care is rolling out across Canada, an insufficient number of spaces relative to demand remains a major challenge. Not Done Yet, a report just published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the availability of spaces across the country and finds that nearly 48 per cent of younger children in Canada live…

Child Care Now begins new project on child care workforce policy

Child Care Now is pleased to announce our new project “Quality Early Childhood Education through Policy Change”. We are embarking on this journey with community and sector partners including the Child Care Federation of Canada, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario and our provincial chapters and advocacy affiliates.  As the federal child care system…

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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