NEEDED NOW: A national strategy for child care

 

October 15, 2019 · Family Today ·

NEEDED NOW: A national strategy for child care

Yesterday’s post reminded us of something we wrote in this year’s Annual Report…

Whether, local, provincial or national, we want what’s best for children. For us, that means that every child has the right to access child care.

Working together with our municipalities, our provincial and our federal government, we believe it is time for a national strategy for child care in Canada.

Now is the time for our country to focus on this strategy. To imagine a country where all children have the right to access quality early learning and child care. To support families and their needs for flexible child care, and ensure we are doing what’s best for children.

What the federal government can do:

  • Make a commitment to a 10-year goal of child care for all – a child care system that every child has the right to access
  • Increase Canada’s early learning and child care budget each year by $1 billion over 10 years to meet international benchmarks
  • Negotiate agreements that require the provinces and territories to build a fully funded publicly-managed child care system that is inclusive of all children, and accessible and affordable for all families
  • Consider a funding stream that will flow from the federal government directly to communities, for example fund Municipalities directly to strengthen child care in their community.

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