In its 2021 budget the Government of Canada announced it was establishing a Canada-wide early learning and child care system and said "The federal government will work with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners to build a Canada-wide, community-based system of quality child care."
On July 8th the Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced the first early learning and child care agreeement under this plan.
After thorough consultation with the Child Care and Early Years community, the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario have developed a Roadmap to Universal Child Care in Ontario - toward our vision of what a Canada-wide child care system can and must be in Ontario. The Roadmap includes 20 key policy interventions to achieving universal child care in Ontario. We know this is the beginning of a journey and we want to continue to hear from you. The Roadmap contains Discussion Questions and a feedback mechanism, as well as an invitation to highlight your program and contribute Policy Briefs as we continue this collective work.
We know Ontario’s child care sector and allies are ready to advocate for a Canada-wide child care system! To support this and show our collective ECEPower we have created a Toolkit of fun activities to communicate with and engage children, parents/families and their networks on the Roadmap. This Toolkit of "Take Action Tuesday" activities is designed to align with the important work you are doing with young children and to highlight the skills that you already have in organizing.
This campaign is important because we have an opportunity to steer the future course of child care in Ontario and across our nation. We can impact the decisions made by joining our communities together and letting our voices ring out for universal child care! This is an exciting time - the promise of a national child care plan gives us much to celebrate!
Click HERE to see the presentation of the Roadmap and Toolkit at the Take Action Together: Community Connections webinar held on July 8th.
Download the Roadmap to Universal Child Care in Ontario
Share your feedback on the Roadmap here: https://www.childcareontario.org/roadmap_feedback
The full Toolkit, including activity calendar and downloadable templates, is available on the OCBCC website: https://www.childcareontario.org/roadmap_action_toolkit