BC advocates welcome wage support, continue to call for publicly funded wage grid

BC advocates welcome wage support, continue to call for publicly funded wage grid

Child Care Now joins the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC) in welcoming the announcement of an additional $2/hour in publicly funded wage enhancements for early childhood educators in British Columbia and an additional $2,000 annual top-up for educators with infant/ toddler or special needs certification.  The new government funding, which brings the…

Survey shows parent fees greatly reduced in 2023

Survey shows parent fees greatly reduced in 2023

The latest annual survey of child care parent fees shows significant fee reductions in all Canada’s major cities. Cities in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut are down to $10 a day.  In most cities, parent fees remain highest for infant programs. Despite significant federally-funded fee reductions since 2019, the median infant fee in…

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) have jointly released a position paper and policy brief highlighting the child care workforce shortage and how a publicly funded salary scale can support the successful implementation of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) plan.  The position…

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have released new Action Plans to continue implementation of the Canada-Manitoba Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and the Canada-Manitoba bilateral agreement. Manitoba is the first province/territory to reach agreement with the Government of Canada on the content of the Action Plans for the 2023-2026 period. Agreements are…

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

Child Care Now is calling for increased federal spending on the early childhood education workforce, and for much bigger federal investments in the construction of more not-for-profit and public early learning and child care facilities. In a recent submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Child Care Now has recommended that the…

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

The government of Prince Edward Island has released its proposed changes to the province’s Early Learning and Child Care Act, including changes to ECE certification titles and an increase in capacities of licensed centres. The consultation process for these changes ended July 19th 2023 and included public consultation sessions and written feedback with the Early…

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Workforce strategy must include action on wages and working conditions Child Care Now congratulates the federal, provincial and territorial ministers most responsible for early learning and child care for agreeing to develop a multilateral child care workforce strategy when they met July 12, 2023 in Iqaluit to discuss and share their priorities for early learning and child…

Jimmy Pratt Foundation releases Roadmap on expanding early learning and child care in Newfoundland and Labrador 

On July 6th 2023 , the Jimmy Pratt Foundation released its fourth discussion paper on the early years in Newfoundland and Labrador. “Making Space: 2023 Roadmap on Early Learning and Childcare” which proposes 5 pathways supported by researchers and advocates that would help the government create more regulated spaces rapidly. While there are many possible…

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