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

The status quo is bad for families, bad for children, and bad for the economy. It’s important that policy-makers, at every level of government, take note and make changes.

Need for reform appears especially pressing in light of census figures showing that the number of children, aged 4 and under, jumped by 11 per cent between 2006 and 2011. That’s the biggest increase in half a century. Statistics Canada attributed this to a slightly higher fertility rate and the fact that the children of baby boomers have now entered their own child-bearing years.

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  • Lena DaCosta
    commented 2014-07-08 10:03:04 -0400
    Thank you Dawn for your comments! We agree that we should all be advocating for both our profession and the sector!
  • Dawn Baetens
    commented 2014-07-08 09:59:29 -0400
    We care about our environment and we care about our children. Both are our future. The time to advocate and invest is now. Our children will move forward our work we are doing now, for their children and their future. Please spread the word to reform our childcare and it’s inconsistencies across the province. The value of children becomes our actions.
    Do your part to spread the word for the future of children for a solid foundation to a pedagogical inquiry learning based. Research has solidified the importance of the formative years. Ongoing research continually supports these theoris. Now our time has come for us to look at doing our part for childcare reform for the future.