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The true challenge with N.L.'s pre-kindergarten plan

Saltwire, June 29, 2022 Excerpt: "Last year’s $30 billion federal investment in child care is the largest public outlay in social policy since Medicare. In accepting its share of the funding, Newfoundland has to get early learning right. It is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.That’s why the recent announcement that the...

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A Conversation with Margaret McCain

Pearson Centre, April 28, 2022Margaret McCain, ECE and her life's journey.

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Canada’s Children Need a Professional Early Childhood Education Workforce

Atkinson Centre, University of Toronto | April 2022 Canada's child care workforce needs a bill of rights embedded in pending federal legislation, says a new report released by the researchers at the University of Toronto."In the race to lower parent fees and increase access, governments across Canada often overlook the...

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Monitor, Assess, Share - The Early Childhood Education Report

In October 2021, the Atkinson Centre commissioned an evaluation to inform future editions of the ECER in the context of past experiences and in light of the intended development of a Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system. This new policy direction and accompanying increase in public investment will require...

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Female business and community leaders of the Prosperity Project laud the collaborative work of the federal government with the provinces to create historic agreement for Canadian women

Prosperity Project, March 28, 2022 Excerpt: "The Prosperity Project commends the federal and Ontario governments for today’s funding announcement to support the creation of a sustainable national childcare program to address the needs of working families.This long-term commitment to improving working parents’ ability to participate in the workforce will help...

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The Walrus Leadership Forum: Fuelling the She-covery

The Walrus, March 8, 2022 The Walrus Leadership Forum: Fuelling the She-covery took place on March 8, 2022 and featured the following speakers: Alicia Dubois, CEO, Royal British Columbia Museum The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, Chair, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc. Jake Stika, Executive Director and Co-founder, Next...

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Don't let fear of change derail modernizing child care

Saltwire, January 29, 2022 Excerpt: "Amid the controversy surrounding Nova Scotia’s plans to modernize its early-learning and child-care services, at least all sides agree there are problems. There are not enough licensed programs for young children. Options for families in rural and minority communities, and for children needing special supports...

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$10-a-day child care for families in Nunavut

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, January 24, 2022 Excerpt: "Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and all parents should have the ability to build both a family and career. Yet, too many families across Canada lack access to affordable, inclusive, and high-quality child care. The...

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Statement By The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain On Nova Scotia’s Early Learning And Child Care Announcement

January 14, 2022 HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia was the second jurisdiction to sign an early learning and child care agreement with the federal government last July, but it is first to put in place the essentials for a quality system. As Premier Huston stressed the province is embarking on an...

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Province Moves to Reduce Child-Care Fees by 25 Per Cent

Government of Nova Scotia, January 14, 2022 Excerpt: "Parents and caregivers will see a reduction in child-care fees ahead of schedule as the Province accelerates its commitment to lower fees under the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.The agreement calls for a 50 per cent reduction, on average, in...

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New Year’s advice for PM Trudeau

The Record, January 3, 2022 Excerpt: "My Dear Prime Minister,I dare say you have been waiting in anxious anticipation for my New Year’s letter with its annual dump of gratuitous advice to assist you to make the perfect world you have created up there in Ottawa a tad more perfect...

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$10-a-day child care for families in the Northwest Territories

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, December 15, 2021 Excerpt: "Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and all parents should have the ability to build both a family and career. Yet, too many families across Canada lack access to affordable, inclusive, and high-quality child care. The...

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$10-a-day child care for families in New Brunswick

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, December 13, 2021 Excerpt: "The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs, today announced an agreement that will support an average of $10‑a‑day child care in the province, significantly reducing the price of child care for families. Through...

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$10-a-day child care for families in Alberta

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, November 15, 2021 Excerpt: "Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and all parents should have the ability to build both a family and career. Yet, too many families across Canada lack access to affordable, inclusive, and high-quality child care. The...

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Early childhood advocate and philanthropist Margaret McCain recognized with the Rose Wolfe distinguished alumni award

University of Toronto, November 1, 2021 Excerpt: "The Honourable Margaret L.A. Norrie McCain (BSc in Social Work 1955, Hon LLD 1996, Hon DLitt 2004), a champion of strong families and child development, is the 2021 recipient of the Rose Wolfe Distinguished Alumni Award. McCain, a University of Toronto alumna and...

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Publicly-Funded Universal Early Learning and Child Care System

Anthony Viel, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Canada via LinkedIn, October 29, 2021 "What issues will the new Cabinet fight for? The Federal election highlighted how the lack of access to safe, affordable child care severely impacts children and parents, as well as businesses and the economy. While this problem plagued...

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What is Early Childhood Education?

Download What is Early Childhood Education in PDF format What is Early Childhood Education? “Early childhood education (ECE) creates a space where young children can play and learn together that is planned and guided by qualified educators. Children attend on a regular basis. ECE programs include quality child care centres,...

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Seamless Day Kindergarten pilot program expands

Government of British Columbia, October 18, 2021 Excerpt: "Some of B.C.’s youngest learners and their families will benefit from an expansion of the Seamless Day Kindergarten pilot program as it grows from four schools to 25.“I’m thrilled with the success of the Seamless Day Kindergarten pilot program so far. That’s...

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The Liberals promise big spending on child care. The Conservatives, not so much

The Globe and Mail, September 13, 2021 Excerpt: "Scott Moe is not a fan of Justin Trudeau. The Saskatchewan Premier has long been at odds with the federal Liberals. Yet in mid-August, two days before the election campaign began, Mr. Moe’s government signed on to Mr. Trudeau’s national child-care plan.Why?...

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Did Full-Day Kindergarten Work?

TVO, August 30, 2021 Tune in August 30th, 8:00 p.m. EST. Has full-day kindergarten accomplished its intended goals? Elizabeth Dhuey, University of Toronto; Jane Betrand, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Inc.; and Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star look back at the once-in-a-generation change to public education. Learn more

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