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Ontario, not Quebec, holds the model for child care

The Globe and Mail, July 22, 2021 Excerpt: "Move over, Quebec. Want to build a system of early learning and child care? Start in Ontario. Ontario?! The province that couldn’t figure out how to keep its schools safe and open and whose biggest cities lost between 30 per cent and...

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Why the outdoors should be an integral part of every early learning and child-care program

The Conversation, July 18, 2021 Excerpt: "When we think of capital infrastructure costs for early learning and care, we tend to think about buildings, but we need to think carefully about outdoor spaces and reframe them as outdoor learning environments. Regulations across the country currently do not require more than...

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Federal-Provincial Agreement Will Transform Child Care, Reduce Costs for Families

July 13, 2021 Statement by the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain on the Early Learning and Child Care Agreement between the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Nova Scotia is Canada’s new leader in early learning and child care. Today’s announcement contains all the elements needed to convert child care from...

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Canada announces historic first early learning and child care agreement

Government of British Columbia, July 8, 2021 Excerpt: "Our aim is to build a child care system that is designed from the start as inclusive, welcomes all children, and gives them an equal chance to succeed and flourish." Access the full news release HERE

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Charitable, academic, and private sector leaders urge Ottawa limit child care funds to non-profit/public providers

June 29, 2021 Download the letter: English French The Federal Budget 2021 provides $30 Billion over 5 years for the building of a “Canada-wide, community-based system of quality child care.” It compares a quality child care system to public schools: “Just as public school provides children with quality education in...

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Early Childhood Education Report 2020

Atkinson Centre, University of Toronto | June 3, 2021 This is the 4th edition of the Early Childhood Education Report (ECER). Established in 2011, the report is released every three years to evaluate provincial/territorial early years services against a 15-point scale. Results are populated from detailed profiles of each province...

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Early Child Development Funders Working Group reaction to 2021 Federal Budget

Early Childhood Development Funders Working Gruop | May 5, 2021 Our organization is a member of the Early Child Development Funders Working Group. Committed to ensuring high quality, accessible early learning and child care is available for all children across Canada, the Funders Working Group wanted to respond to the...

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THE EXPLAINER: Budget 2021 – Early Learning and Child Care

Atkinson Centre, April 29, 2021 Budget 2021 features the Federal government’s plan for the development of a Canada-wide early learning and child care program featuring the principles of equitable access, quality and affordability. It is not a policy document –that will come later. Specific details in the Budget, along with...

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Budget 2021 Statement

“I was incredibly pleased to see the commitment to Canada’s children from this government in Budget 2021. I am convinced this is both a unique and once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a real and measurable difference in the lives of Canadian families. Increased funding for Canada-wide early learning and child care...

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Canada’s Leaders Sound the Alarm on the Childcare Crisis

The Prosperity Project, April 12, 2021 News Release: A diverse group of Canada’s leaders are saying the time has come to view the absence of early childhood education and care as a Canada-wide emergency and are asking the federal government to get on with the business of fixing it.In an...

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Early Learning and Childcare as Key Economic Infrastructure

Investments in early childhood education and childcare ("ELCC") can help put Canada on a higher trend economic growth path. A high-quality ELCC program that young children can attend for several years, where education is provided using a curriculum-based program delivered by trained educators can provide several benefits including:

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Future of Canada Conversations - Are we on the right track for Canada to thrive?

March 26, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Deloitte Canada Deloitte Canada’s Future of Canada Conversations series focuses on how our country’s economy is trending in relation to the recommendations made in this report, and provides insight on national issues such as early childhood education. On Friday March 26th...

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Should Childcare be in the Budget?

Date: February 19, 2021Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.Location: Virtual National childcare has been discussed in Canada for decades, but Covid-19 has highlighted that it is not only a social policy or early childhood education issue but an economic policy imperative. As the epidemic has demonstrated, we have a she-cession that...

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Pre-primary McNeil’s most precious gift to Nova Scotians

The Chronicle Herald, February 12, 2021 Excerpt: "If all families were able to put their children into early education programs at the same rate as affluent families enrol their young, the participation rate countrywide would rise by more than 30 per cent. Canadian research estimates that adult earnings boosted by...

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Ontario’s Kindergarten Program: A Success Story

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, January 2021 Excerpt: "Ontario’s current government has discussed making some drastic changes to Full-Day Kindergarten. Any one of these changes would dramatically alter the current model and significantly damage an already successful program. In early 2019, there was a flurry of news reports about possible...

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Liberals take step on national child-care system, promise plan coming in 2021 budget

Toronto Star, November 30, 2020 Excerpt: "The federal government is proposing millions of dollars in new spending as a down payment on a planned national child-care system that the Liberals say will be outlined in next spring’s budget.As a start, the Liberals are proposing in their fiscal update to spend...

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Fall Economic Statement 2020: Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19

Government of Canada, November 30, 2020 Excerpt: "Many Canadian families found themselves with limited options for child care. As a result, parents had to either juggle full time work while staying at home or opt to drop out of the labour force to look after their children. This represents yet...

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An Economic Overview of Children’s Literacy in Canada

Deloitte, November 2020 The report prepared by Craig Alexander, Chief Economist and Executive Advisor at Deloitte Canada calls for expanded access to affordable, high quality, curriculum based early childhood education programs to address the foundations of literacy and improve overall literacy rates in Canada. Access the full report HERE

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The Challenges Facing Canada in Protecting the Well Being of Children

Writers Festival Radio | December 1, 2020 This podcast examines the importance of early childhood education in preventing stigma and trauma in young people with Kim Hellemans, Chair Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University and Jane Bertrand, Program Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation. Access the podcast HERE

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Canada needs a bold pro-growth strategy for both pandemic recovery and a successful future

The Globe and Mail | November 15, 2020 Excerpt: "Given the aging of the work force, we need to remove the barriers that prevent some of our citizens from realizing their potential. This includes a stronger income-security framework and skills programs that are better aligned with labour market needs. Affordable...

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