Risky Business: “Profitizing Child Care” concerning the growth of privatization and profitization in a key care economy sector

Tune in on Friday, May 17, 2024   from 12 noon (EDT) to 1:30 pm to hear Care Economy’s Zoom discussion on the Dangers of Child Care Profitization.  The Care Economy is an organization that urges Canadian governments to place the care economy at the core of policy and budgets, in ways that promote equity,…

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…

New Child Care Now report and project explore child care workforce policies 

New Child Care Now report and project explore child care workforce policies 

A recent report by Child Care Now reveals a lack of cohesive workforce policies and funding programs at the provincial/territorial level.  While governments across Canada have introduced scattered initiatives such as new bursary programs, expanded professional learning and wage increases, challenges persist. Many provinces and territories maintain low wages for ECE, with minimal attention given…

Media Release: Child care advocates say Budget 2024 takes a pivotal step towards making $10aDay available to all

Media Release: Child care advocates say Budget 2024 takes a pivotal step towards making $10aDay available to all

Canada’s child care advocates say the federal budget tabled today will make $10 a day child care much more available across Canada. “The federal government’s new $1 billion federal child care expansion loan program, and $60 million in grants will give public and not-for-profit licensed child care operators much-needed direct financial support to build new…

Media Release: Child care advocates applaud federal budget action to expand child care availability

The announcement today of a new $1 billion federal child care expansion loan program, and $60 million in grants, to support the construction of new low-fee public and not-for-profit licensed child care spaces is very welcome news, said Child Care Now, Canada’s national child care advocacy association. “The new fund is a very effective, direct…

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.

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