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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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Open Letter to Nova Scotia Premier Designate Tim Houston

Margaret McCain | August 26, 2021 Allow me to congratulate you in your new role as Premier of Nova Scotia. As chair of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, I have had the pleasure of working with five of your province's premiers in our mutual pursuit to ensure the...

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$10 A Day Child Care for Families in Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan, August 13, 2021 Excerpt: "In addition to significantly reducing the cost of child care, federal funding of close to $1.1 billion over the next five years will lead to the creation of 28,000 new regulated early learning and child care spaces to help ensure Saskatchewan families with...

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$10 A Day Child Care for Families in Manitoba

Government of Manitoba, August 9, 2021 Excerpt: "The federal funding of more than $1.2 billion over the next five years will also fund critical services for Manitoba families and children and grow a strong and skilled workforce of early childhood educators, including through the creation of a wage grid to...

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New agreement to strengthen the early learning and child care system in Quebec

The Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, August 5, 2021 Excerpt: "The governments of Quebec and Canada recognize Quebec’s leadership in early learning and child care and together, they have announced an asymmetric agreement for the federal transfer of nearly $6 billion over five years. This includes a significant...

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Childcare funding announcement is good news for Newfoundland

Saltwire, August 5, 2021 Excerpt: "In the 2010 Early Years Report, N.L. was ranked as having the poorest model of child care in the country. Since then, the province has made dramatic improvements with integrated governance into the Ministry of Education, a play-based curriculum framework, full-day Kindergarten, enhanced wage subsidies...

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Federal-Provincial Action Plan on Early Learning and Child Care Released

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, July 28, 2021 Excerpt: "The plan features targets to achieve several shared priorities between the Federal and Provincial Governments. These include:Access Working with not-for-profit groups, municipalities and family home child care operators to create approximately 5,800 additional regulated child care spaces by 2025-26. Introducing a...

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$10 a day child care for families in Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island, July 27, 2021 Excerpt: "Through the agreement, the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island will work together to improve access to quality, affordable, flexible, and inclusive early learning and child care programs and services. This includes creating 452 new regulated early learning and child...

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Canada and Yukon announce major expansion of $10 a day child care

Government of Yukon, July 23, 2021 Excerpt: "Today’s announcement includes the creation of 110 new regulated early learning and child care spaces within five years to help ensure families of children under six years old can access child care spaces that meet their needs. The Government of Canada’s investment builds...

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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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