Child Care Now Presents at Senate

On May 26, 2021, Child Care Now’s Executive Director, Morna Ballantyne, presented to the Senate Committee of Social Affairs, Science, and Technology on the child care provisions of Bill C-30, the Act that will implement the federal budget tabled April 19, 2021. Ballantyne’s presentation at the Senate Committee meeting addressed four key elements necessary to…

Erica’s Story

Your Child’s ECE is Probably Buying Crayons: A Case for Child Care It is 2016 and I am a new Early Childhood Educator (ECE) at a for-profit child care centre in urban Ontario; a for-profit child care centre that charges close to $2,000.00 per child, no less. I make $14.00 per hour, have no health…

We are Growing

Three new provincial chapters launch  Child Care Now Alberta is up and running bringing together seasoned advocates with newcomers to child care advocacy. The chapter’s first priority is to convince the Alberta government to put in place an emergency recovery and support plan to help the child care sector through the pandemic. Many programs have…

First Policy Response Panel “Delivering on the commitment: A Canada-wide child care plan”

Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister responsible for early learning and child care, laid out the federal government’s plans, priorities, and preferences for building a Canada-wide system of early learning and child care at the start of an online discussion hosted by First Policy Response held May 20, 2021. Minister Hussen said far too many people…

Child Care Now Recommits to Calls for Justice and Calls to Action

Child Care Now Recommits to Calls for Justice and Calls to Action

As an organization that advocates for quality systems of early learning and child care, it is our duty to reflect, consider, and respond to the location of the unmarked mass grave at the former residential schools in Kamloops, and Marieval in Saskatchewan. The Indigenous children who were buried, some as young as three, were among…

AGM

Child Care Now’s Annual General Meeting will be at noon EDT Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021. Annual meetings are held to report to members on the activities of our association, review and vote on proposed changes to our by-laws, receive a financial report, elect members to the Board of Directors, and conduct any other business that…

Lorraine’s Story

I have been the director at Heritage Park Child Care Centre in Mission, British Columbia for over 21 years and I have the most dedicated, loving, and caring team for the children that we serve.  In October of 2018, my oldest son unexpectedly passed away while playing a men’s hockey game.  He was 22 years…

Up for Debate 2021

Up for Debate 2021

Child Care Now has endorsed Up4Debate 2021, a Canada-wide initiative to make sure that intersectional gender equity and human rights are addressed in the next federal election. Child Care Now’s Executive Director, Morna Ballantyne, was a panelist at the campaign kickoff.  Ballantyne said that the $34 billion child care spending commitment set out in the…

BC’s Roadmap to $10aDay 

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC have released a Roadmap for implementing the publicly funded and publicly managed universal $10 a day child care system that BC’s NDP government has promised in the last two provincial elections. The proposed Roadmap has six central elements:  Bring $10aDAY child…

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