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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