Make those agreements mean something

Forty years in the making. Canada’s Child Care system is so close to launch we can almost taste it. It’s about time.

Child Care Now

Canada’s national child care advocacy coalition

Latest news

Ontario workforce crisis worsens as provincial government announces more new child care spaces

January 25, 2023

On December 19, 2022, the Ontario government announced it will support the creation of 53,000 licensed child care spaces by 2026 for children 0-5 years of age, including 16,296 spaces located in schools and 28,672 community centre-based or home-based spaces. The province has allocated $213 million of federal funds to one-time start-up grants to offset...

Interim report of BC’s  Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy says low wages continue to be major problem

January 25, 2023

The low and inadequate wages paid to early childhood educators continue to be a barrier to recruitment and retention of qualified staff according to a progress report on the Government of BC’s Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy. Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)...

Child Care Now embarks on a new project to make child care more accessible to under-represented groups

January 16, 2023

Child Care Now is working with Oxfam Canada and the Childcare Resource and Research Unit  on carrying out a joint project to ensure that the voices of women who have the most difficulty accessing licensed child care are heard.  The two-year project, funded by the federal government’s WAGE department, will include research on the barriers...



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.