Canadian families desperately need a national child-care program

Canadian families are doing their share for a prosperous future – they’re having more babies – but governments are letting them down.

Public spending on licensed child care remains grossly inadequate, and so is the supply of space. Meanwhile hard-pressed parents face crushing costs as a “baby boomlet” puts new strain on Canada’s over-stretched child care resources.

That’s the finding of a new report by the Toronto-based Childcare Resource and Research Unit and analysts at the universities of Guelph and Manitoba.  

Toronto Star June 22, 2014

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Schools in affluent areas more likely to offer after-hours child care, study finds

A survey by People for Education has found major gaps in the delivery of before- and after-school programs for young students — despite this being a key part of the province’s full-day kindergarten plan.  Toronto Star June 23, 2014

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Outdoor Experiences Help Develop 21st Century Leadership Skills in Girls

It turns out that girls who spend time outdoors regularly surpass their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, readily seek more challenges and are better problem-solvers – all critical leadership skills – says a new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute More Than S'mores.

 

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The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids

German psychologists find people who were allowed to play freely as children have greater social success as adults.

There has been plenty of hand-wringing in recent years about the “overscheduled child.” With after-school hours increasingly dominated by piano lessons, soccer practice, and countless other planned activities, many of us have a nagging sense that kids are missing out on something important if they have no time for unstructured play.

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Child Care Modernization Act, Bill 143

The government of Ontario announced the release of new legislation that addresses the modernization of child care.  

An Act to enact the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2013, to repeal the Day Nurseries Act, to amend the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 and the Education Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Visit our section on The Child Care Modernization Act

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More than just a child care waitlist registry

valued family support, assessment service should stay with Andrew Fleck

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 27, 2014) - Despite a $4 million provincial funding infusion for Ottawa child care services, parents and child care staff throughout the city are flummoxed as to why the City of Ottawa is ending community provision of a valued assessment and referral service that fielded over 11,500 calls from parents in 2013.

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Early childhood education and child care in the 2014 Ontario election

The Ontario election is scheduled for June 12th, 2014. CRRU has selected materials from the political parties, NGOs and news media to explain how ECEC is positioned in this election campaign. We will continue to update this page as new developments occur. Materials are listed from the most recent to the least recent.

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Ontario needs a good child-care strategy: Editorial

In a provincial election that is understandably focused on jobs and the economy, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath deserves credit for shining a spotlight on a vital service that helps society thrive: a safe and sustainable child care system. Such a system doesn't exist in Ontario now.

 

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Parents need child care to work, party leaders told

Where is the child care in Ontario leaders’ jobs plan, parents and advocates ask.

 

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Party leaders asked to commit to a 6-point plan for early learning and child care

May 14, 2014

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees (Ontario), Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Childcare Resource and Research Unit and Advocates for Progressive Child Care Policy are calling on the leaders of Ontario's three main political parties to respond to concerns about the state of early childhood education and child care by committing, if elected, to six key elements toward a strategy that will begin to fix early childhood education and child care in Ontario.

Open Letter to the leaders of Ontario's three main political parties

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Who'll make the grade on child care?

Parents, activists to issue "report card" for party leaders before June 12 vote

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 20, 2014) - Years of starts, shifts and cuts, add up to inadequate public funding and ineffectual provincial policy by successive governments. It's time for this situation to end, say a group of parents, early childhood educators and activists who, this election are challenging party leaders to "make the grade on child care".

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Ontario election: Horwath vows $100M to support childcare centres

Toronto Star, May 11, 2014

Horwath chose Mother’s Day to announce at a campaign stop near Hamilton Harbour that saving subsidized child care spaces is a priority for her third-place party.

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NDP Child care pledge welcome but not enough, advocate says

martha-friendly.jpgOntario's child care sector would "welcome" the $100-million investment that New Democrats are promising, but a prominent advocate says it's not enough money to address all outstanding issues.

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AECEO Responds to Wage Increase Announcement

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario Media Release

For immediate release

TORONTO, April 22, 2014

AECEO RESPONDS TO WAGE INCREASE ANNOUNCEMENT

"We are heartened to learn the Ontario Government has moved to address the issue of low wages for ECE professionals and other front line child care staff.  Research shows that the quality of early childhood education and care programs is associated with the wages of the workforce; in other words, if early childhood educators are well-compensated the quality of an ECEC program will be higher." says Dr. Rachel Langford, President of the AECEO.

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