In partnership with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, we have outlined essential short and long term components for any plan for early learning and child care, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes short-term actions to stabilize the sector and protect educators and families. But our community, and our governments, must also be looking ahead to recovery post-pandemic. We need our governments to commit to and fund a long-term strategy that puts child care at the core of social and economic recovery. We need all levels of government to act.
Goals: Protect educators, families and programs. Put early learning and child care at the core of recovery.
Action 1: Provide emergency funding that ensures professional wages
Action 2: Consult the early learning and child care sector on a safe, responsible and transparent re-opening plan
Action 3: Provide substantial new funding for health and safety, staff training and supports, paid sick days, etc.
Action 4: Plan and expand the early learning and child care – child care for all!
Action 5: Base fund the child care system so that child care continues to be free for parents.
We are calling on the provincial and federal governments to ensure that the health, safety and well-being of educators and families is part of any re-opening plan, and to put child care at the core of social and economic recovery.
Click HERE to find out more and to send an email to your elected officials to ask for their support.