Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services

This flagship report from Eurofound, Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services, brings together in-depth contributions in the area of the quality of society and public services, based mainly on research carried out since 2016. Recognizing the fact that the quality of people’s lives is profoundly influenced by their access to… Continue reading Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services

Analysis: Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements

Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories: what do they say and how to they stack up? Child Care Now has analyzed the Multilateral Early learning and Child Care Framework agreement and each of the bilateral agreements in order… Continue reading Analysis: Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements

The Affordable Child Care for All Plan

Making affordable, high-quality early learning and child care (ELCC) available to all families will grow the economy, promote gender equality, increase women’s labour force participation and enhance children’s well-being. The federal government must play a leadership role to ensure that all children in Canada, regardless of where they live, their ability, family circumstances or culture… Continue reading The Affordable Child Care for All Plan

Low wages for Nova Scotia ECEs impact retention, quality of care

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Nova Scotia office (CCPA-NS) has released Unappreciated and Underpaid: Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia. In the report, authors Christine Saulnier and Lesley Frank provide a snapshot of what it is like for Early Childhood Educators (ECE) to work in the Early Learning and Child Care sector in Nova… Continue reading Low wages for Nova Scotia ECEs impact retention, quality of care

Why For-Profit Child Care is Not the Solution

Profit-making in child care gives rise to four main concerns: 1) the quality of programs is eroded by the drive to make profit; 2) the diversion of public funds to profit-making is an “inefficient” approach to expanding quality child care and making it more affordable for parents; 3) it is unethical to derive profit from the… Continue reading Why For-Profit Child Care is Not the Solution

Types of Child Care in Canada

All provinces/territories license regulated child care services according to their provincial legislation and regulations. Regulated child care services include: centre-based full-day child care regulated family child care school-aged child care most provinces/territories, nursery schools or preschools There are enough regulated spaces for only 27.2 per cent of children aged 0-12 years old in Canada. There… Continue reading Types of Child Care in Canada

Ontario Ministry of Education Releases its 2017 Licensed Child Care Survey Report

The Ontario Ministry of Education has released its 2017 licensed child care survey, which was the third survey of licensed child care centres and home child care agencies (i.e. licensees) conducted by the Ministry. The previous surveys were carried out in 2012 and 2015. Similar to the previous surveys, the 2017 survey asked licensees to… Continue reading Ontario Ministry of Education Releases its 2017 Licensed Child Care Survey Report

CUPE: Early childhood education & Nova Scotia’s Pre-Primary Program

In this position paper, Early childhood education & Nova Scotia’s Pre-Primary Program, the case is made that individuals with post-secondary qualifications in early childhood education and care are best-suited to be the educators in Nova Scotia’s new Pre-Primary program. Credentialed early childhood professionals are argued to have specialized knowledge and practicum training in early years pedagogy,… Continue reading CUPE: Early childhood education & Nova Scotia’s Pre-Primary Program

New study: Canada’s Early Childhood Education and Care Policy is Evolving

In Canada’s early childhood education and care policy: Still a laggard? (2009), Rianne Mahon examines how policy is changing throughout Canada. Canada’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) system has fared poorly in recent international comparisons. Its laggard status can be attributed to the “liberal” character of its social policy regime and to the federal… Continue reading New study: Canada’s Early Childhood Education and Care Policy is Evolving