Early learning and child care for all

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Child Care Now

Canada’s national child care advocacy coalition

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

November 30, 2023

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...

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

November 10, 2023

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...

National Child Care Advocacy Assembly

November 9, 2023

Child Care Now’s National Child Care Advocacy Assembly will be taking place this November 18 (Saturday) and 19 (Sunday) both in Ottawa, and online. It is not too late to register to participate virtually. 



Working towards all early learning and child care programs Canada-wide being high quality environments for children, families, and educators.


Working with the government and other policy stakeholders to implement Canada-jurisdiction early learning and child care agreements.

Gender Equity

Seeking a system of early learning and child care because we know that it directly impacts women’s participation in the paid labour force, and positively correlates to achieving gender equity.

Families and Caregivers

Striving for parent, family, and caregiver needs such as accessibility and affordability of early learning and child care to be met.


Moving beyond the current patchwork, market-based child care model to a solid system that serves everyone.


Advocating for decent work and proper compensation inclusive of pensions and benefits for all Early Childhood Educators and the child care workforce.