Ontario government must live up to child care commitments, advocates say

Child care advocates have called on the Premier of Ontario to act on the spirit and requirements of its Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) funding agreement with the Government of Canada. In a joint letter to Premier Ford, the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Childcare…

BC Government announces how it is bringing downs fees by 50% in accordance with federal agreement

BC Government announces how it is bringing downs fees by 50% in accordance with federal agreement

BC Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and BC Child Care Minister Katrina Chen recently announced that the average cost of early learning and child care will go down to $21 per day. In a media release, BC child care advocates applauded the announcement saying the province is making good progress toward full implementation of the $10aDay…

Child Care Now’s Pledge on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Child Care Now’s Pledge on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today, on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Child Care Now reaffirms our support for the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework Agreement and recommits to work to work with others in answering the Calls for Justice, issued by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the Truth and…

Alternative federal budget puts forward measures to jump start transformation of child care in Canada

Alternative federal budget puts forward measures to jump start transformation of child care in Canada

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released its Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) for 2023 setting out “a bold approach to addressing the concerns that directly affect Canadians.”  The Alternative Budget, entitled Rising to the Challenge: An Agenda for Public Leadership, comes at a time when Canadians are facing rising costs of living, the ongoing…

Educators in Nova Scotia rally for proper compensation and better working conditions

Educators in Nova Scotia rally for proper compensation and better working conditions

Early Childhood Educators and child care workers in Nova Scotia rallied for proper compensation and better working conditions on Thursday, September 8th. Child Care Now Nova Scotia walked alongside them. Educators are demanding that the Nova Scotia government act urgently to address the crisis facing the early childhood education workforce. Nova Scotia, like provinces and…

Commentary: Advocating to ensure governments make affordable child care accessible to all is a collective responsibility

By Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director, Child Care Now One year ago, the Government of Canada entered into a new five-year child care funding agreement with the BC government, providing the first installment of federal money to make licensed early learning and child care programs more affordable, accessible and inclusive.  The Government of Canada quickly reached…

Advocates appeal to University of Ottawa to save campus child care centre from closure

Advocates appeal to University of Ottawa to save campus child care centre from closure

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Child Care Now, and Ottawa child care advocates are calling on the University of Ottawa to find an alternative home for Garderie Bernadette, which is at risk of closure because of the planned demolition of its home on the university campus. The bilingual child care centre has served the…

Ministers responsible for child care urged to make workforce crisis their first priority

The critical shortage of qualified early learning and child care educators across Canada is a major obstacle to fulfilling the Government of Canada’s promise to build a high quality $10 a day child care system that all young children can access, says Child Care Now, Canada’s national child care advocacy association. In an open letter to the federal,…

Child Care fees on track to drop substantially in most big cities, but not all are projected to meet targets: new report

Child care fees in Canadian cities are on track to drop significantly, but some provincial child care action plans fall short of meeting the federal government’s target to bring down fees by an average of 50 per cent, says a new fee study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 

The Workforce needs a Workforce Strategy: Rachel’s Story

The Workforce needs a Workforce Strategy: Rachel’s Story

Rachel is an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Ontario. Rachel has worked in licensed child care centres, holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies degree, and is currently set to begin her Master’s of Early Childhood Studies degree at Toronto Metropolitan University in the fall. Rachel is a fierce advocate for an early learning and…

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