September 2015 News/Events


Oct
17

MCCA Provides Pre-Budget Submission

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017,  Pat Wege made a presentation to the pre-budget stakeholder roundtable and public community meeting held at the Manitoba Legislature.    Panel members included the Hon. Cameron Friesen, Minister of Finance, Andrew Smith, MLA for Southdale, and Colleen Mayer, MLA for St. Vital.

Key points raised on early learning and child care were:

  1. Research tells us high quality, licensed child care has a positive impact on how children learn, supports families, benefits communities, reduces poverty, is key to women’s equality, helps establish newcomers,  and contributes to a strong economy.

2. Manitoba needs a comprehensive policy framework to strengthen existing child care services and improve the                      access and                  availability of affordable licensed child care

Some of our recommendations for investment of federal funds include:

  •  improve access by increasing the number of not for profit licensed spaces
  • ensure parent fees remain affordable by indexing subsidy levels
  • support quality and financial viability of existing facilities by providing stable funding that reflects inflationary increases to operations including the need for fair remuneration for educators based on education and training
  • ensure licensed child care facilities have the resources they need to provide full accessibility for children with additional support needs

Read the full submission:   Pre-Budget Submission

 

 

Pre-budget consultations give Manitoba families the opportunity to share their views on key issues for Manitoba’s future.  MCCA thinks that access to high quality, accessible, and affordable early learning and child care should be  a provincial priority and encourages families to speak up for more and better services.   Most modern families rely on child care to work to attend school, but the  supply of spaces is far short of the demand.  As of  August 31, 2017, there are 16,702 children on the online child care waiting list, with a wait time of 14-15 months.  (MCCA/Probe Research survey 2016)

According to the 2016 Canadian census, there are 164,440 children in Manitoba ages 0-9.   There are around 35,469 licensed child care space, enough for 18.5% of Manitoba children age 12 and under.

To participate, you can complete an online survey, or attend one of the consultation meetings in Brandon, Winnipeg, The Pas, Dauphin, Winkler, and in the Dawson Trail and Interlake regions. Telephone town halls will be held in Ocotber.

For more information on the survey or dates of the town hall, go to  Manitobans Making Choices.

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Posted by Pat W at 3:02 pm


Oct
10

Child Care Critical to Quality of Life in Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Foundation has announced the results of Vital Signs, a project that identified significant needs and trends by combining research with the results of surveys, in which community members provided insights on issue areas critical to quality of life in Winnipeg.

Child care was identified as a citizen priority with 46% of women and 37% of men saying Winnipeg needs to improve access and availability of affordable child care.

All the data collected is available on the Winnipeg Vital Signs website.

Winnipeg’s Vital Signs® – Key Findings

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Posted by Pat W at 1:55 pm


Oct
06

Licensed Home Child Care Operating Grants to Increase

The Government of Manitoba has announced annual increases to the operating grant for licensed, home based child care providers to help recruit new and strengthen the stability of existing home based providers.  Turnover is high in the sector and the number of licensed homes has been decreasing annually for years.  For example, there were 551 licensed homes in Manitoba a decade ago and there are currently 418 licensed homes.

News Release on Operating Grant Increase

The last time the operating grant for licensed child care centres and homes increased was January 1, 2016, making it difficult for child care centres to increase staff wages and  home child care providers without an increase to their income.   The province sets the maximum fees that licensed facilities can charge and also controls the operating grant for those who are eligible and/or choose to take it.  Facilities that don’t take or can’t get the operating grant can set their own parent fees.    As of March 31, 2016 there were 14 non profit  child care centres operating 1,045 spaces while waiting for operating grant funding.  The 119 licensed homes with 864 unfunded spaces likely opted out of the grant so they could set their own parent fees.

As of March 31, 2016 there were 34,385 licensed spaces in Manitoba of which 31,338 were in licensed child care centres and 3,057 were in 425 licensed homes.

Recruitment and retention is also a problem in licensed child care centres where 2/3 of infant and preschool staff  and 50% of school age and nursery school staff must be Early Childhood Educators with a degree or a diploma.  Although thousands  have been trained as ECEs, many have left for greener pastures and there is a shortage of those remaining in the sector.   Most recent data reports that in March 2013, 26.7% of centres did not meet the licensing requirements for trained staff.     Compensation continues to be well below research based market competitive wages so it is  unlikely the shortage of ECEs has improved much in the past 4 years.

Home child care providers are required to complete a 40 hour orientation course in their first year of licensing, however some are also Early Childhood Educators.   There is not ongoing professional learning  requirement, however many voluntarily work toward the best practices recommendation of 24 hours per year. by attending works of

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Posted by Pat W at 3:31 pm


Aug
30

Fall Workshops are now online

MCCA is now accepting registrations for the fall workshops!  We are offering  45 workshops,  of which three  are online so you can participate anywhere in Manitoba that has internet service.

There will be a professional development day in The Pas on Saturday, November 4 and a professional development day in Beausejour on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  Details in the workshop brochure!

2017 Fall Workshop Brochure

Register for workshops  online and pay with a credit card

 

Observe, Reflect & Wonder Pedagogical Institute

MCCA is proud to announce the  Observe, Reflect, & Wonder Pedagogical Institute  will be held October 12 – 14, 2017 at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg!   Kick off Wine & Cheese on Thursday, October 12 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm with guest presenter Deb Curtis from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Make this event your October staff meeting!

MCCAs 2nd Pedagogical Institute Brochure

Register here for the Pedagogical Institute

Central MCCA Branch is offering a Loose Parts Workshop  

Click on the following link for more information:

Loose Parts Workshop

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Posted by Karen H at 2:39 pm


Aug
30

Ottawa Signs Child Care Bi-Lateral with Three Provinces

The PEI agreement allocates $10.5M, for early learning and child care investments.   The focus for the province will be on more spaces for infants and pre-schoolers, and better access for vulnerable children, and for under-served populations including Newcomer families and Acadian and French speaking communities.    There is some funding directed towards professional training for Early Childhood Educators with the aim of improving quality.

PEI Action Plan

The New Brunswick agreement allocated close to $30 M with an additional contribution of $71M from the province. It is very similar to PEI, with a focus on spaces for preschoolers, implementing inclusion policy, developing guidelines for language acquisition and cultural identify, and increase professional learning for early childhood educators.

New Brunswick Action Plan

Both plans are  silent on recruitment and retention strategies for the child care workforce, which includes the long standing problem of compensation.     The Canadian and Child Care Federation and provincial/territorial affiliates have written to Minister Duclos recommending the child care workforce be integral policy and spending priorities of the bi-lateral agreements.

The Province of Ontario  signed their bi-lateral on June 16, 2017.

Manitoba signed on to the child care multi-lateral agreement with Ottawa but has not yet completed a bi-lateral.

CCCF/Provincial Affiliates letter to Minister Duclos:

Joint affiliate letter to Duclos

MCCAs Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Pre-budget consultations 2018

Federal Brief on Child Care

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Posted by Pat W at 1:47 pm


Aug
22

Child Care Wait List Continues to Grow

The Manitoba Child Care Association is still waiting for the  province to announce a multi-year child care strategy that reflects  public, parent, and business leader opinions.  All agree the shortage of spaces is a serious issue.   As of July 31, 2017  there are 16,568 children on the online child care registry waiting list.  That is an increase of 1,910 in 2017.

Online Child Care Registry, July 2017

Parents report a 14 – 15 month wait on average for a licensed child care space.  41% have delayed a return to work, 30% have turned down a job, and 24% have turned down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

The Government of Canada has committed $400M for provincial/territorial child care systems in 2017/18 and $7B over 10 years starting in 2018/19.  Manitoba’s share of the federal investment over the next 3 years will be around $15M annually, starting in 2017/18.   Manitoba has not yet announced how they plan to invest the federal funds for child care.

Manitoba to receive $15M from feds for child care

Along with an expansion of affordable and reliable licensed spaces, the child care plan must ensure parent fees remain affordable, care is of high quality and fosters early learning.  It must include capital and operating funding,  accessible and affordable province wide training for  Early Childhood Educators along with a retention strategy that provides market competitive compensation,  strong administration and governance.

What the Manitoba Public Said About Child Care

Child care is a very high priority for Manitobans, according to a MCCA/Probe Research poll, September 2016.  Three in four surveyed agree a universal child care system, where every child who needs a space gets one, ought to be a priority  of the new Progressive Conservative government.      The shortage of licensed child care creates significant anxiety for families, worried they will not have a reliable space when they need it.  A majority of Manitobans (58%) agree they are willing to pay a little more in taxes for a universal child care system.

Other findings from the public survey on child care include:

  • more than 80% of Manitobans agree the lack of child care is a serious issue
  • 75% agree early childhood educators should be paid more
  • 75% think child care is too expensive for many parents
  • 64% agree child care should be part of the education system
  • Only 11% think it’s easy to find child care in Manitoba
  • Winnipeg residents and those with a child in child care prefer child care centres; rural residents and middle aged men prefer home based child care

To evaluate public opinion on child care, MCCA hired Probe Research to design and conduct the province wide Omnibus poll via telephone interviews between September 13 and September 26, 2016 among a random and representative sampling of 1,000 adults residing in Manitoba.  The results are within +/-3.1 percentage points of what they would have been if the entire adult population of Manitoba had been interviewed.

MCCA has provided poll results to  federal and provincial government leaders and policy makers to ensure they are aware of the need to develop a quality, affordable, reliable child care system that Manitoba families can count 0n.

Click here to print the poster:

161024 MCCA Omni Infographic

Read the full report:

161012 Public Omni Report Final

 

What Manitoba Parents Said About Child Care

Nearly 3,100 parents who use child care participated in a Probe Research poll conducted for the Manitoba Child Care Association September 15 – October 1, 2016.    Overwhelmingly, parents reported that the stress and anxiety of trying to find quality child care as the biggest problem.     Two thirds (62%) of parents reported having to wait for a space, ranging between 14 – 15 months.  A universal child care system would ensure every child who needs a licensed space gets one.

The online survey sought to determine parent satisfaction with child care, the prevalence of wait times, gaps in service, experience and satisfaction with unlicensed home-based child care, key preferences and views on possible policy changes.  It is the most in-depth opinion research undertaken in Manitoba on the issue of child care.

A sample of findings include:

  • wait times hinder parents ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care
  • 83% of parents agreed licensing is important to ensure quality
  • 49% said child care fees are a strain on their household budget or not affordable
  • 77% of parents prefer a school with onsite child care and 77% agreed child care centres should be built as part of new housing developments
  • 57% of parents who have used unlicensed home child care prefer it be licensed
  • 18% of parents said they would start a home based child care business with enough incentive

There are approximately 34,000 licensed child care spaces in Manitoba, of which 91% of spaces are located in child care centres and 9% are located in licensed home child care.  There is very little data regarding the number of unlicensed child care homes in Manitoba.

MCCA Parents Infographic December

 

Read the full report:

Parent Survey Final Report

What Manitoba Business Leaders Said About Child Care

Probe Research’s 15th annual Manitoba Business Leaders Index 2016 included questions about child care availability, impact of child care on employee absenteeism, and government policies to encourage workplace child care.    There are almost 15,000 children on the province’s waiting list for licensed child care and 83%  of Manitobans also say the lack of child care is a very serious (37%) or somewhat serious (46%) issue.

76% of Manitoba business leaders agree the child care shortage is a serious issue.

Additional child care related findings from the CEO’s and business leaders’ survey include:

  • 35% of business leaders feel the lack of child care is a very serious issue and 41% feel it is a somewhat serious issue;
  • Two-thirds of business leaders (63%) said government should have no role helping companies open on-site workplace day care;
  • One in four business leaders (24%) agreed government should aid companies to create child care for employees;
  • Among respondents who favor some government role in child care, only one-quarter (24%) would likely take advantage of financial incentives were they offered.
  • One quarter of business leaders reported the shortage of child care staff and the challenge of hiring them are barriers to creating on-site child care

Almost half of business leaders (49%) report they have experienced difficulty finding skilled employees while Manitoba parents said child care wait times hinder their ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

There is plenty of evidence from the public, from parents, and the business community to support a continued expansion of quality, reliable, accessible, and affordable child care services in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Business Leaders Index included a stratified sampling of CEO’s, presidents, business owners and designated senior corporate officers from 200 small, mid-sized and large commercial establishments as defined by Statistics Canada and the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics.  The survey results are considered accurate within plus or minus 6.9 per cent of what they would be had the entire population of Manitoba business leaders been surveyed.

Perceived Availability

MCCA MBLI Final graphs

 

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Posted by Pat W at 3:23 pm


Aug
04

New 2016 Census Data Now Available

Statistics Canada has released the third round of data from the 2016 Census of Population.  It provides some insights on families, households, marital status, and language.

Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Previous census data from 2011 provides some information about child care utilization and preferences including:

  • In 2011, about half (46%) of all Canadian parents relied on some form of child care for their children aged 14 years and younger, according to a new study using data from the 2011 General Social Survey on Families.
  • Child care was most often used for children 2 to 4 years old, with about 6 in 10 of their parents using some form of child care arrangement. The use of child care was less common before the age of 2 and after the age of 10.
  • Three forms of care—daycare centres, home daycare and private arrangements—were most often used for children under the age of 5. Before and after school care was the leading choice for children aged 5 and older.
  • Overall, child care rates were significantly above the national average in Quebec, where 58% of parents placed their children in care. Those least likely to use child care were parents living in Manitoba (34%), Alberta (40%) and Ontario (43%). All of these rates were below the national average (46%).
  • The cost of care also varied widely across Canada. Reflecting Quebec’s subsidized daily rate of $7 per day, Quebec recorded the lowest monthly cost of full-time care for children under the age of 5, with a median monthly cost of $152 per child. The cost in the second lowest region, the Atlantic provinces, was $541, almost four times the Quebec cost. The highest cost for full-time child care was found in Ontario, with a median monthly cost of $677.

This release is based on the report “Child care in Canada,” available today in the publication Spotlight on Canadians: Results from the General Social Survey (89-652-X).

Chart 1 Use of child care highest among parents of children between the ages of 2 and 4

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Posted by Pat W at 1:48 pm


Jul
21

Seeking Request for Proposals for 2018 conference

The MCCA conference committee is currently seeking proposals for the May 2018 early learning and child care provincial conference.  You can download the information and forms on our conference page.  Deadline for submissions is Oct. 16/17.

Conferences

 

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Posted by Karen H at 2:24 pm


Jul
19

CCCF Turns 30 Years!

The Manitoba Child Care Association extends congratulations to the Canadian Child Care Federation on their 30th anniversary!  Read more about their “dream that became a reality”:

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All MCCA members have joint membership with the Canadian Child Care Federation.  Visit their website to access your online copy of Interaction magazine in the members only area:

Home

 

Cover Page from InterVol31#1-ENG

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Posted by Pat W at 8:38 pm


Jun
26

Province Reverses Hold on Funding for Inclusion Support Program

The Government of Manitoba has announced it will be reversing the hold it placed on the Inclusion Support Program. (ISP)

Province quickly reverses move to deny funding for children with special needs, Winnipeg Free Press, June 27, 2017

We welcome the news that all pending applications that meet the criteria will be supported, and thank Minister Fielding for hearing the concerns from the public.   We remain uncertain about their plan for new ISP funding applications, and  future funding and policy decisions.

Our recommendations are outlined in this letter:  Minister Fielding letter June 29, 2017

Background, June 23, 2017

The Pallister Government has put Manitoba’s Inclusion Support Program on hold pending a review.  This leaves families of children with additional support needs planning to enroll or transfer from another child care facility  out of luck,  or in the dark while waiting for their child’s funding application to be processed.    MCCA believes all children should receive the support they need to succeed and the Government of Manitoba needs to  adequately fund  its’ Inclusion Support Program.

In  2009, new regulations for inclusive child care were put in place. Child care facilities must provide inclusive programming and ensure individual program plans are in place for children with additional support needs.  As of the end of the 2016 fiscal year, 1,541 children were being supported.  61% of licensed child care  centres and 8% of licensed child care homes were participating in the Inclusion Support Program

A Guide to the Inclusion Support Program, Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care

Winnipeg Free Press, June 24, 2017  Funding cut for special-needs kids

Licensed child care programs are often first to identify preschool children with developmental delays and initiate referrals for diagnostic  assessment.  Based on individual needs, it may be determined by a qualified professional (physician, therapist, nurse, children’s special services )  that the child requires additional staff support in the child care care facility.  Developmental goals and Individual  Program Plans are developed.  The final decision for funding is made by the Early Learning and Child Care Program.

Persons affected by the freeze should email their concerns to their  own MLA,  and copy to:

Minister of Families, Hon. Scott Fielding:  minfs@leg.gov.mb.ca

Minister of Education & Chair of the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet:  Hon. Ian Wishart:  minedu@leg.gov.mb.ca

Premier of Manitoba, Hon. Brian Pallister:  premier@leg.gov.mb.ca

Michelle Stephen Wiens, A/Director, Early Learning and Child Care:  Michelle.Stephen-Wiens@gov.mb.ca

Nahanni Fontaine, Opposition Critic for Families:  nahanni.fontaine@leg.gov.mb.ca

Click here to find contact information for your MLA

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Posted by Pat W at 2:41 pm


Jun
16

Directors Conference

Registration is now open for MCCA’s 18th annual Director’s Conference – Lighting the Flame Within, Sept. 28 & 29, 2017.  Registration deadline is Sept. 5, 2017.

 

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Posted by Karen H at 3:46 pm


Jun
14

Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework Signed!

Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers have signed an agreement that includes a long term vision, principles, and objectives that will help child care move forward.

Historic Agreement between the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Governments on a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

Read MCCAs  Multilateral Media Release June 12

MCCA has written to Minister of Families, Hon. Scott Fielding recommending Manitoba prioritize:

  1. Access – for example, increase the number of licensed spaces by providing capital grants to support new infrastructure, and also start up and operating grants for currently unfunded and new not for profit child care spaces.  To ensure equitable access for children with varying abilities, a funding increase for the Inclusion Support Program is urgently needed.
  2. Affordability – for example, index subsidy eligibility for low income families.
  3. Funding – provide an annual increase to the operating grant to child care centres and licensed homes that reflects inflationary increases to operations including wages and benefits, children’s program, occupancy, and administration costs.
  4. Quality – make an educated and experienced child care workforce a priority for all licensed facilities, by improving access to affordable ECE diploma and degree training across the province, and providing incentives to Child Care Assistants and Family Child Care Providers to upgrade their qualifications
  5. Strengthen governance & administration: for example, through a cost and time effective method of providing affordable resource, guidance, training, and support to the board of directors of child care centres.

MCCA continues to recommend the need for a Ministers Advisory Committee on Early Learning and Child Care to ensure the development of a collaborative, comprehensive, strategic, affordable, and inclusive early learning and child care system that reflects the priorities and preferences of Manitobans.

Priorities

Manitoba must next sign a bi-lateral agreement with the Government of Manitoba that identifies local priorities for the new federal funds. MCCA has sent a letter to Premier Pallister urging him to ensure Manitoba is among the first of the province’s to submit their action plan to the Government of Canada.

Premier Pallister letter Aug 3, 2017

 

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 7:55 pm


Jun
09

Child Care Wait List Continues to Grow

The Manitoba Child Care Association is still waiting for the  province to announce a multi-year child care strategy that reflects  public, parent, and business leader opinions.  All agree the shortage of spaces is a serious issue.   As of June 30, 2017  there are 16,861 children on the online child care registry waiting list.  That is an increase of 2,203 names added to the  wait list so far in 2017.

Parents report a 14 – 15 month wait on average for a licensed child care space.  41% have delayed a return to work, 30% have turned down a job, and 24% have turned down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

The Government of Canada has committed $400M for provincial/territorial child care systems in 2017/18 and $7B over 10 years starting in 2018/19.  Manitoba’s share of the federal investment over the next 3 years will be around $15M annually, starting in 2017/18.   Manitoba has not yet announced how they plan to invest the federal funds for child care.

Manitoba to receive $15M from feds for child care

Along with an expansion of affordable and reliable licensed spaces, the child care plan must ensure parent fees remain affordable, care is of high quality and fosters early learning.  It must include capital and operating funding,  accessible and affordable province wide training for  Early Childhood Educators along with a retention strategy that provides market competitive compensation,  strong administration and governance.

What the Manitoba Public Said About Child Care

Child care is a very high priority for Manitobans, according to a MCCA/Probe Research poll, September 2016.  Three in four surveyed agree a universal child care system, where every child who needs a space gets one, ought to be a priority  of the new Progressive Conservative government.      The shortage of licensed child care creates significant anxiety for families, worried they will not have a reliable space when they need it.  A majority of Manitobans (58%) agree they are willing to pay a little more in taxes for a universal child care system.

Other findings from the public survey on child care include:

  • more than 80% of Manitobans agree the lack of child care is a serious issue
  • 75% agree early childhood educators should be paid more
  • 75% think child care is too expensive for many parents
  • 64% agree child care should be part of the education system
  • Only 11% think it’s easy to find child care in Manitoba
  • Winnipeg residents and those with a child in child care prefer child care centres; rural residents and middle aged men prefer home based child care

To evaluate public opinion on child care, MCCA hired Probe Research to design and conduct the province wide Omnibus poll via telephone interviews between September 13 and September 26, 2016 among a random and representative sampling of 1,000 adults residing in Manitoba.  The results are within +/-3.1 percentage points of what they would have been if the entire adult population of Manitoba had been interviewed.

MCCA has provided poll results to  federal and provincial government leaders and policy makers to ensure they are aware of the need to develop a quality, affordable, reliable child care system that Manitoba families can count 0n.

Click here to print the poster:

161024 MCCA Omni Infographic

Read the full report:

161012 Public Omni Report Final

 

What Manitoba Parents Said About Child Care:

Nearly 3,100 parents who use child care participated in a Probe Research poll conducted for the Manitoba Child Care Association September 15 – October 1, 2016.    Overwhelmingly, parents reported that the stress and anxiety of trying to find quality child care as the biggest problem.     Two thirds (62%) of parents reported having to wait for a space, ranging between 14 – 15 months.  A universal child care system would ensure every child who needs a licensed space gets one.

The online survey sought to determine parent satisfaction with child care, the prevalence of wait times, gaps in service, experience and satisfaction with unlicensed home-based child care, key preferences and views on possible policy changes.  It is the most in-depth opinion research undertaken in Manitoba on the issue of child care.

A sample of findings include:

  • wait times hinder parents ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care
  • 83% of parents agreed licensing is important to ensure quality
  • 49% said child care fees are a strain on their household budget or not affordable
  • 77% of parents prefer a school with onsite child care and 77% agreed child care centres should be built as part of new housing developments
  • 57% of parents who have used unlicensed home child care prefer it be licensed
  • 18% of parents said they would start a home based child care business with enough incentive

There are approximately 34,000 licensed child care spaces in Manitoba, of which 91% of spaces are located in child care centres and 9% are located in licensed home child care.  There is very little data regarding the number of unlicensed child care homes in Manitoba.

MCCA Parents Infographic December

 

Read the full report:

Parent Survey Final Report

What Manitoba Business Leaders Said About Child Care

Probe Research’s 15th annual Manitoba Business Leaders Index 2016 included questions about child care availability, impact of child care on employee absenteeism, and government policies to encourage workplace child care.    There are almost 15,000 children on the province’s waiting list for licensed child care and 83%  of Manitobans also say the lack of child care is a very serious (37%) or somewhat serious (46%) issue.

76% of Manitoba business leaders agree the child care shortage is a serious issue.

Additional child care related findings from the CEO’s and business leaders’ survey include:

  • 35% of business leaders feel the lack of child care is a very serious issue and 41% feel it is a somewhat serious issue;
  • Two-thirds of business leaders (63%) said government should have no role helping companies open on-site workplace day care;
  • One in four business leaders (24%) agreed government should aid companies to create child care for employees;
  • Among respondents who favor some government role in child care, only one-quarter (24%) would likely take advantage of financial incentives were they offered.
  • One quarter of business leaders reported the shortage of child care staff and the challenge of hiring them are barriers to creating on-site child care

Almost half of business leaders (49%) report they have experienced difficulty finding skilled employees while Manitoba parents said child care wait times hinder their ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

There is plenty of evidence from the public, from parents, and the business community to support a continued expansion of quality, reliable, accessible, and affordable child care services in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Business Leaders Index included a stratified sampling of CEO’s, presidents, business owners and designated senior corporate officers from 200 small, mid-sized and large commercial establishments as defined by Statistics Canada and the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics.  The survey results are considered accurate within plus or minus 6.9 per cent of what they would be had the entire population of Manitoba business leaders been surveyed.

Perceived Availability

MCCA MBLI Final graphs

 

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Posted by Pat W at 2:10 pm


Jun
06

Ontario Announces Plan to Help 100,000 Children Access Licensed Child Care

Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework 2017 has seven action items:

  1.  Increasing Access – by prioritizing not for profit, significant operating, subsidy, & capital investments, base funding for licensed home child care
  2. Increased Affordability – increasing funding for fee subsidies, launching an Affordability Strategy
  3. Early Years Workforce Strategy – how to better support ECEs and other staff through compensation, hiring, retention, education, training, and governance; including two professional learning days per year
  4. Defining Quality in the Early Years – research and develop a mechanism for measuring program quality
  5. Promoting Inclusion in the Early Years – review current approaches to support all children in early years and care settings
  6. Outcomes and Measurement Strategy – develop & release an annual report; develop a 5 year outcome and measurement strategy
  7. Increasing Public Awareness – create an online hub

The news release says, in part, “Making licensed child care more affordable and ore accessible for families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.”

Read more about it here:  Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Families

MCCA congratulates the Government of Ontario and their partners in child care and related sectors for their  leadership  to design and  build a better child care system for children and families!

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 8:17 pm


Jun
01

Canadian Paediatric Society Statement on Screen Time

A new statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) recommends that physicians and health care providers counsel parents and caregivers of young children on how to minimize screen time and mitigate its potential negative effects. The CPS also recommends that physicians guide parents on how to mindfully use and model healthy screen use to encourage positive habits. The statement, released today, focuses on children under five years old, acknowledging that a child’s earliest screen encounters can be formative and that early exposure can increase the likelihood of overuse in later life. En français: Le temps d’écran et les jeunes enfants : promouvoir la santé et le développement dans un monde numérique.

Other resources:

Parent resource Screen time and young children

En français – Le temps d’écran et les jeunes enfants

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Posted by Pat W at 1:29 pm


May
29

MCCA Elects New Board of Directors at 42nd Annual General Meeting

MCCA’s 42nd Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017.   55 members and 1 guest were in attendance.  Sandra Griffin, Past Executive Director of the Canadian Child Care Federation was the guest speaker.   Welcome to our new board of directors!

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New board members include:

2017 – 2019:                                                                                                        2017-2018

Director of Branch Services:  Janice Delf                                  Member at Large:  Lisa Hrechkosy

Director:  Corine Anderson                                                          Member at Large:  Khadija Raoui

Director:  Sue Sydorchuk                                                              Member at Large:  Lynda Raible

Director:  Kisa MacIsaac                                                               Member at Large:   Cheryl Tremblay

Member at Large:   Lisa Hrechkosy

Returning board members include: 

April Kalyniuk, President

Caryn LaFleche, Past President

Tracy Cosser, President Elect

Brenda McCarthy, Secretary Treasurer

Fernanda Hodgson, Director of Board Operations

Lois Johnson, Director of Public Policy & Professionalism

Jodie Kehl

 2016 Annual Report

You can view read about  2016 at a glance by viewing our AGM 2017 Powerpoint

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Posted by Pat W at 4:24 pm


May
12

Child Care Wait List Continues to Soar

As of March 31, 2017 there are 16,372 children registered and waiting for a space in a licensed child care facility in Manitoba.  Of those, 9,187 need care within three months, to June 30, 2017.     The majority need space in Winnipeg, however there all child care waiting lists all over the province.

Online Child Care Registry Statistics: March 2017

An MCCA/Probe Research survey found that on average, it takes 14-15 months to get a licensed child care space, depending on age of the child.

MCCA Parents Infographic December

The Government of Manitoba continues to promise a long range plan for child care.  Since being elected in April 2016, it has made 2 announcement:

May 10, 2017 – announced up to  $2.8M for community based capital projects.  Funds are for new non-profit child care centres or renovations to existing centres for the purposes of adding new child care spaces.  Grant recipients receive up to 40% of capital costs of $600,000 for projects in community owned or leased buildings.

May 10, 2017 news release

March 9, 2017 – announced $6.1M for 15 community based capital projects (Fall 2015 intake) that will create 730 new licensed spaces

March 9, 2017 news release

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 3:56 pm


May
04

MB Research on Child Care Confirms Need for Action

The Manitoba Child Care Association is waiting for the  province to announce a child care plan that reflects  public, parent, and business leader opinions.  All agree the shortage of spaces is a serious issue.   As of December 31, 2016 there are 14,658 children on the online child care registry waiting list.  That is an increase of 2,588 waiting for a space  since December 31, 2015.

Parents report a 14 – 15 month wait on average for a licensed child care space.  41% have delayed a return to work, 30% have turned down a job, and 24% have turned down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

Along with an expansion of affordable and reliable licensed spaces, the child care plan must include capital and operating funding,  accessible and affordable province wide training for  Early Childhood Educators and a retention strategy; strong administration and governance.

What the Manitoba Public Said About Child Care

Child care is a very high priority for Manitobans, according to a MCCA/Probe Research poll, September 2016.  Three in four surveyed agree a universal child care system, where every child who needs a space gets one, ought to be a priority  of the new Progressive Conservative government.      The shortage of licensed child care creates significant anxiety for families, worried they will not have a reliable space when they need it.  A majority of Manitobans (58%) agree they are willing to pay a little more in taxes for a universal child care system.

Other findings from the public survey on child care include:

  • more than 80% of Manitobans agree the lack of child care is a serious issue
  • 75% agree early childhood educators should be paid more
  • 75% think child care is too expensive for many parents
  • 64% agree child care should be part of the education system
  • Only 11% think it’s easy to find child care in Manitoba
  • Winnipeg residents and those with a child in child care prefer child care centres; rural residents and middle aged men prefer home based child care

To evaluate public opinion on child care, MCCA hired Probe Research to design and conduct the province wide Omnibus poll via telephone interviews between September 13 and September 26, 2016 among a random and representative sampling of 1,000 adults residing in Manitoba.  The results are within +/-3.1 percentage points of what they would have been if the entire adult population of Manitoba had been interviewed.

MCCA has provided poll results to  federal and provincial government leaders and policy makers to ensure they are aware of the need to develop a quality, affordable, reliable child care system that Manitoba families can count 0n.

Click here to print the poster:

161024 MCCA Omni Infographic

Read the full report:

161012 Public Omni Report Final

 

What Manitoba Parents Said About Child Care:

Nearly 3,100 parents who use child care participated in a Probe Research poll conducted for the Manitoba Child Care Association September 15 – October 1, 2016.    Overwhelmingly, parents reported that the stress and anxiety of trying to find quality child care as the biggest problem.     Two thirds (62%) of parents reported having to wait for a space, ranging between 14 – 15 months.  A universal child care system would ensure every child who needs a licensed space gets one.

The online survey sought to determine parent satisfaction with child care, the prevalence of wait times, gaps in service, experience and satisfaction with unlicensed home-based child care, key preferences and views on possible policy changes.  It is the most in-depth opinion research undertaken in Manitoba on the issue of child care.

A sample of findings include:

  • wait times hinder parents ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care
  • 83% of parents agreed licensing is important to ensure quality
  • 49% said child care fees are a strain on their household budget or not affordable
  • 77% of parents prefer a school with onsite child care and 77% agreed child care centres should be built as part of new housing developments
  • 57% of parents who have used unlicensed home child care prefer it be licensed
  • 18% of parents said they would start a home based child care business with enough incentive

There are approximately 34,000 licensed child care spaces in Manitoba, of which 91% of spaces are located in child care centres and 9% are located in licensed home child care.  There is very little data regarding the number of unlicensed child care homes in Manitoba.

MCCA Parents Infographic December

 

Read the full report:

Parent Survey Final Report

What Manitoba Business Leaders Said About Child Care

Probe Research’s 15th annual Manitoba Business Leaders Index 2016 included questions about child care availability, impact of child care on employee absenteeism, and government policies to encourage workplace child care.    There are almost 15,000 children on the province’s waiting list for licensed child care and 83%  of Manitobans also say the lack of child care is a very serious (37%) or somewhat serious (46%) issue.

76% of Manitoba business leaders agree the child care shortage is a serious issue.

Additional child care related findings from the CEO’s and business leaders’ survey include:

  • 35% of business leaders feel the lack of child care is a very serious issue and 41% feel it is a somewhat serious issue;
  • Two-thirds of business leaders (63%) said government should have no role helping companies open on-site workplace day care;
  • One in four business leaders (24%) agreed government should aid companies to create child care for employees;
  • Among respondents who favor some government role in child care, only one-quarter (24%) would likely take advantage of financial incentives were they offered.
  • One quarter of business leaders reported the shortage of child care staff and the challenge of hiring them are barriers to creating on-site child care

Almost half of business leaders (49%) report they have experienced difficulty finding skilled employees while Manitoba parents said child care wait times hinder their ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

There is plenty of evidence from the public, from parents, and the business community to support a continued expansion of quality, reliable, accessible, and affordable child care services in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Business Leaders Index included a stratified sampling of CEO’s, presidents, business owners and designated senior corporate officers from 200 small, mid-sized and large commercial establishments as defined by Statistics Canada and the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics.  The survey results are considered accurate within plus or minus 6.9 per cent of what they would be had the entire population of Manitoba business leaders been surveyed.

Perceived Availability

MCCA MBLI Final graphs

 

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Posted by Pat W at 2:54 pm


Apr
10

Provincial Budget Includes Increase for Child Care

April 12, 2017:

The provincial budget speech said government will be”moving quickly” to address the child care challenge by ……”adding 501 new licensed child care spaces and 50 new home based child care spaces this fiscal year, and by increasing operating grants for home-based child care providers.”  

The overall increase to the child care budget is $6.2M which does not include an expected $15M from the federal government expected later this year.  The number of new spaces announced in the budget is welcome, but small, and won’t go very far toward helping the 14, 658 children on the online child care registry wait list.  At the end of the 2016 fiscal year, there were 1,045 unfunded non profit spaces in centres, most of which are probably still waiting for funding approval.  Home child care providers can have a maximum of 8 children including their own  under age 12, so 50 new home child care spaces is also small.    There has not historically been a cap on grant funding for home child care – new spaces were  funded as they are licensed – so this announcement may indicate a new limit on funding for  home child care.  28% of home child care providers have opted to not take the  provincial operating grant, which gives them the flexibility to set their own parent fees higher than the provincial maximum.

A key question is whether  there is also a funding increase  for child care centres. who provide 81% of licensed spaces, followed by 11% in licensed nursery schools, and 8% in licensed home child care.   The last operating grant increase for child care facilities was 2% in  January 2016, and the last parent fee increase was in 2013.   ( The full day preschool rate in a centre was $18.80 in 2000 and is $20.80 in 2017.)

In a recent MCCA/Probe Research survey, 73% of child care centre directors are most worried about increasing operating costs (73%) and paying competitive wages (71%) so a funding freeze for them will definitely add to their problems as operating costs continue to rise.

We don’t yet know about ongoing funding for current  ECE training programs, including the popular workplace training program and the staff replacement grant to support workplace training.    Other supports and initiatives currently available include  annual training grants, conditional tuition support grant, and funding to increase training capacity in colleges.

At many points over the past year, government has hinted they are  working on a long range plan for child care.     Key areas that must be included in a comprehensive plan, in addition to access to more  spaces,  include human resource development and expansion, such as enhanced  post secondary qualifications for centre and home based providers, along with recruitment and retention strategies that provide fair compensation;  and  infrastructure including both community based and school based facilities.

An additional announcement on child care is expected in the near future.

April 11, 2017

Child Care Association (MCCA) is expecting provincial budget 2017 to include a strong, multi-pronged, progressive plan to improve and enhance early learning and child care in Manitoba.

Quality early learning and child care has a positive impact on how children learn, supports families, benefits communities, reduces poverty, is key to women’s equality, and contributes to a strong economy.  At the end of the 2016 fiscal year there were 31,228 spaces in licensed child care centres and 3,057 spaces in licensed home child care.  As of December 31, 2017 there were 14,658 children on the online child care registry waiting list.

The MCCA/Probe Research project results have provided ample evidence that the shortage of licensed child care in Manitoba needs to be a government priority, with 83% of the public, 95% of parents, and 76% of business leaders all agreeing the lack of child care is a serious issue.   The Government of Manitoba should base their child care plan on the research that identifies the key issues, and the preferences and priorities of parents who say that:

  • licensing is important to ensure quality
  • they want their child care to have an educational program of activities provided by warm, caring, trained staff
  • schools should have on-site child care
  • child care should be part of the education system
  • child care should be built as part of new housing developments

“We know a 14-15 month wait time for a child care space is a barrier to parent employment and education, so Manitoba desperately needs a plan to license and fund more  spaces”, said April Kalyniuk, MCCA President.  “However, we also know that over 70% of child care centre directors are worried about increasing operating costs and paying competitive wages, so the provincial plan for child care  needs to include additional funding to support quality in existing centre and home based spaces as well”, she continued.   The best child care plan will address access, affordability, funding, quality of care and learning, recruitment and retention of early childhood educators, governance and administration.

Priorities

 

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Posted by Pat W at 9:00 pm


Mar
23

Federal Budget Includes $7B for Child Care

The March 23, 2017 federal budget announced $7B over 10 years earmarked for child care.    This is very good news and it is  encouraging that child care is back on the federal government agenda after an 11 year absence.

The Liberals  predict it could create 40,000 new, subsidized child care spaces across Canada in the next three years.  However, that number will put only a small dent in the  number of children waiting for a space in a licensed facility.  There is enough licensed child care in Canada for only 24% of preschool children and demand is through the roof in most provinces.  For example, in Manitoba, as of December 31, 2016,  there were 14,658 names on the online child care waiting list.   Fortunately, the Liberal plan  provides for multi-year funding, which makes it possible for provinces to commit to long term and ongoing investments.  However, the funds they promise ramp up very slowly year over year and don’t beef up until 2022.

The Federal Funding Year-by-Year

2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026 2026-2027 2027-2028
$540M $545M $550M $550M $550M $725M $775M $775M $800M $870M $870M

The money is now on the table, but there are other hoops to jump through before investments can begin.  Provinces and territories must sign multi-lateral agreements with the federal government before the 2017-2018 funds will be released.  Once the multi-laterals are signed the federal government will have to negotiate bi-lateral agreements with each of the provinces and territories.  Multi-year funding hinges on these agreements being executed.

Manitoba has long been regarded as a leader on child care and was first to sign the bi-lateral the last time federal/provincial funding agreements for child care were on the table in 2005.  At that time, Manitoba agreed to invest federal funding in capital and operations, subsidy for fees, wage enhancements, professional development, and parent information and resources.    Those are still among the  priority areas, and MCCA will be encouraging the provincial government to once again be a leader in negotiations with the federal government.

 

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 7:42 pm


Mar
09

Province Announces Funding for New Community Based Spaces

The Manitoba government has announced $6.1M in funding for 15 community based capital projects for around 739 new licensed child care spaces.  That is very exciting  news for the centres that have been waiting for confirmation they will have the funding they need to proceed with their projects and also for the parents whose children will be attending those facilities.  There are current 14,658 children on the online child care registry waiting list in Manitoba, so an announcement that adds new spaces is very welcome.

Manitoba News Release Mar 9, 2017SKM_C45817030911101

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Posted by Pat W at 5:32 pm


Mar
06

MB Research on Child Care Confirms Need for New Plan

As the provincial government prepares its 2017-2018 budget, the Manitoba Child Care Association wants the child care plan to reflect public, parent, and business leader opinions.  All agree the shortage of spaces is a serious issue.   As of December 31, 2016 there are 14,658 children on the online child care registry waiting list.  That is an increase of 2,588 waiting for a space  since December 31, 2015.

Parents report a 14 – 15 month wait on average for a licensed child care space.  41% have delayed a return to work, 30% have turned down a job, and 24% have turned down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

Along with an expansion of affordable and reliable licensed spaces, the child care plan must include capital and operating funding,  accessible and affordable province wide training for  Early Childhood Educators and a retention strategy; strong administration and governance.

What the Manitoba Public Said About Child Care

Child care is a very high priority for Manitobans, according to a MCCA/Probe Research poll, September 2016.  Three in four surveyed agree a universal child care system, where every child who needs a space gets one, ought to be a priority  of the new Progressive Conservative government.      The shortage of licensed child care creates significant anxiety for families, worried they will not have a reliable space when they need it.  A majority of Manitobans (58%) agree they are willing to pay a little more in taxes for a universal child care system.

Other findings from the public survey on child care include:

  • more than 80% of Manitobans agree the lack of child care is a serious issue
  • 75% agree early childhood educators should be paid more
  • 75% think child care is too expensive for many parents
  • 64% agree child care should be part of the education system
  • Only 11% think it’s easy to find child care in Manitoba
  • Winnipeg residents and those with a child in child care prefer child care centres; rural residents and middle aged men prefer home based child care

To evaluate public opinion on child care, MCCA hired Probe Research to design and conduct the province wide Omnibus poll via telephone interviews between September 13 and September 26, 2016 among a random and representative sampling of 1,000 adults residing in Manitoba.  The results are within +/-3.1 percentage points of what they would have been if the entire adult population of Manitoba had been interviewed.

MCCA has provided poll results to  federal and provincial government leaders and policy makers to ensure they are aware of the need to develop a quality, affordable, reliable child care system that Manitoba families can count 0n.

Click here to print the poster:

161024 MCCA Omni Infographic

Read the full report:

161012 Public Omni Report Final

 

What Manitoba Parents Said About Child Care:

Nearly 3,100 parents who use child care participated in a Probe Research poll conducted for the Manitoba Child Care Association September 15 – October 1, 2016.    Overwhelmingly, parents reported that the stress and anxiety of trying to find quality child care as the biggest problem.     Two thirds (62%) of parents reported having to wait for a space, ranging between 14 – 15 months.  A universal child care system would ensure every child who needs a licensed space gets one.

The online survey sought to determine parent satisfaction with child care, the prevalence of wait times, gaps in service, experience and satisfaction with unlicensed home-based child care, key preferences and views on possible policy changes.  It is the most in-depth opinion research undertaken in Manitoba on the issue of child care.

A sample of findings include:

  • wait times hinder parents ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care
  • 83% of parents agreed licensing is important to ensure quality
  • 49% said child care fees are a strain on their household budget or not affordable
  • 77% of parents prefer a school with onsite child care and 77% agreed child care centres should be built as part of new housing developments
  • 57% of parents who have used unlicensed home child care prefer it be licensed
  • 18% of parents said they would start a home based child care business with enough incentive

There are approximately 34,000 licensed child care spaces in Manitoba, of which 91% of spaces are located in child care centres and 9% are located in licensed home child care.  There is very little data regarding the number of unlicensed child care homes in Manitoba.

MCCA Parents Infographic December

 

Read the full report:

Parent Survey Final Report

What Manitoba Business Leaders Said About Child Care

Probe Research’s 15th annual Manitoba Business Leaders Index 2016 included questions about child care availability, impact of child care on employee absenteeism, and government policies to encourage workplace child care.    There are almost 15,000 children on the province’s waiting list for licensed child care and 83%  of Manitobans also say the lack of child care is a very serious (37%) or somewhat serious (46%) issue.

76% of Manitoba business leaders agree the child care shortage is a serious issue.

Additional child care related findings from the CEO’s and business leaders’ survey include:

  • 35% of business leaders feel the lack of child care is a very serious issue and 41% feel it is a somewhat serious issue;
  • Two-thirds of business leaders (63%) said government should have no role helping companies open on-site workplace day care;
  • One in four business leaders (24%) agreed government should aid companies to create child care for employees;
  • Among respondents who favor some government role in child care, only one-quarter (24%) would likely take advantage of financial incentives were they offered.
  • One quarter of business leaders reported the shortage of child care staff and the challenge of hiring them are barriers to creating on-site child care

Almost half of business leaders (49%) report they have experienced difficulty finding skilled employees while Manitoba parents said child care wait times hinder their ability to work or attend school, with 41% delaying a return to work, 30% turning down a job, and 24% turning down an educational opportunity because they lacked child care.

There is plenty of evidence from the public, from parents, and the business community to support a continued expansion of quality, reliable, accessible, and affordable child care services in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Business Leaders Index included a stratified sampling of CEO’s, presidents, business owners and designated senior corporate officers from 200 small, mid-sized and large commercial establishments as defined by Statistics Canada and the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics.  The survey results are considered accurate within plus or minus 6.9 per cent of what they would be had the entire population of Manitoba business leaders been surveyed.

Perceived Availability

MCCA MBLI Final graphs

 

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Posted by Pat W at 6:08 pm


Dec
16

NEW – Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale 2016-2017

What’s New for 2016 – 2017?

There has been an increase of 2% from the Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale 2015-2016 (MCSGS)  to reflect the compensation forecast for the not for profit sector, based on research conducted by PeopleFirst HR Services.

What is a Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale (MCSGS)?

The purpose of the MCSGS is to answer the question “how much should an ECE earn?”  MCCA hired PeopleFirst HR Services to analyze the education, skills, and abilities required of Executive Directors, Early Childhood Educators, and Child Care Assistants.  They used the job descriptions in the Human Resource Management Guide for Early Learning and Child Care Programs and recommended salary ranges competitive with other jobs that require similar training and responsibility.   The MCSGS provides employers with a guideline for establishing fair compensation, and a logical structure that ensures equity between positions.

Child Care MSCGS 2016-2017           SKM_C45816121610200_0001 (002)

 

 

How much do ECE’s currently earn?

In 2016, MCCA engaged Probe Research to conduct a survey of MCCA members.  Respondents reported they have on average 14.5 years of experience in child care and their average hourly wage by position is:

Director:  $30.69

Supervisor/Assistant Director/Team or Unit Leader:  $22.03

ECE:  $18.38

CCA:  $12.93

 The current average for  all positions is below or slightly above the recommended starting salary for all positions.   For example, current average ECE is $18.38, however the recommended research based starting should be $18.87 per hour.

What do the levels mean?

Level 1 is the salary scale minimum.  It is appropriate for someone who meets the educational requirements but lacks the required experience and some of the necessary skills.  Level 5 is the salary scale maximum and is the end of the scale.  It is appropriate for someone who meets the educational requirements, and is fully proficient in the job.  Increments are earned based on length of service, high quality performance, or both, depending on the policies of the centre board.

Do child care centres have to pay market competitive wages to their employees?

 No.  The board of directors of each child care centre is responsible for determining compensation for their employees.    MCCA recommends the boards of directors adopt the current or most affordable salary guideline scale as the minimum salary range for all employees, and to compensate all employees at a level appropriate to their educational credentials and years of experience.

How can the MCSGS be used?

The MCSGS helps ECEs and CCAs know what compensation to look for when seeking employment.  The board of directors or centre administrator will find the MCSGS helpful when establishing a fair wage scale for employees, when budgeting, and also when trying to recruit new employees.  MCCA provides the MCSGS to government to promote  improvements to child care compensation, enhanced funding, and as a solution to address the recruitment and retention challenge.  School divisions, child minding organizations, ECE training institutions, and other provincial child care organizations also refer to the MCCA wage scale as it is the only research based salary scale for the child care workforce in Canada.

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 8:29 pm


Dec
15

AGM 2017 Applications to the MCCA Board of Directors & Resolutions

The Manitoba Child Care Association (MCCA) is now accepting applications from members interested in serving on our Provincial Board of Directors.   There are two year and one year positions open.  Elections will be held at our Annual General Meeting, Thursday, May 25, 2017.   The term of office will begin immediately following the AGM.

We are seeking applications from members who have an understanding of and commitment to MCCA’s mission, vision, goals, strategic plan, and Code of Ethics.  Successful applicants will have an extensive knowledge of child care as a service and as a profession at the local, provincial, and national level, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to objectively consider various perspectives, and 4 – 6 hours per month to devote to MCCA business.   We welcome applications from members who have a diverse range of experiences in and knowledge of the early learning and child care sector, and who will work collaboratively with federal and provincial government leaders.

Application to MCCA Board of Directors 2017

  • Please provide an email address that is private and not viewed by others.

Resolutions:

Resolutions are formal expressions of views that identify a problem or issue or contain a directive for action.  All MCCA members can recommend issues for consideration by the Board of Directors and have the opportunity to shape the direction and priorities of the organization through the presentation of resolutions.

Resolution to the Manitoba Child Care Association

Resolutions are formal expressions of views that identify a problem or issue and contain a directive for action. MCCA members may use this form to recommend issues for consideration by the Board of Directors through the presentation of resolutions. Resolutions must be forwarded to the President by January 31 annually.
  • Please provide background information to the resolution, implementation recommendations, and a rationale. Resolutions must be complete upon submission and received by MCCA by 4:00 pm on January 31.

 

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Posted by Pat W at 9:55 pm


Dec
15

Research Confirms MB ECEs in Short Supply

The most in-depth survey of Manitoba’s child care workforce was conducted by Probe Research for the Manitoba Child Care Association, October 6 – 21, 2016.  Over 2200 MCCA members that are Early Childhood Educators (ECE), Child Care Assistants (CCA), and licensed Family Child Care Providers (FCCP) with emails on file with MCCA were invited to participate.  88% of those who responded were employed in a child care centre and 12% were self-employed licensed family child care providers.

The online survey sought to determine job satisfaction, experiences and preferences, training and education levels, and views on possible policy changes affecting Manitoba’s child care system.   Click here to read the full report:

 MCCA Member Final report

Key findings indicate:

  • 74% overall have a college diploma in early childhood education or higher
  • 86% took some professional development in the last year
  • on average, they have 14.7 years of experience
  • ECEs employed in centres earn an average $18.38 an hour
  • Family Child Care Providers reported offering 40-50 hours of care a week for an average annual revenue of $30,000.00, however a significant number were unsure of their annual revenue, expenses, and deductions
  • 50% of licensed Family Child Care Providers plan to continue operating for four years or more
  • child care centre directors report recruitment challenges, including ECEs to work with children, and also those with management skills, and  inclusion facilitators for children with additional support needs
  • a whopping 49% of centres have operated with a conditional license due to staff shortages
  • finance related challenges, such as increasing operating costs, paying competitive wages, and fundraising were top of mind for centre directors

With 15,273 children on the online registry wait list, Manitoba needs a plan to ensure every child who needs a licensed space gets one.  Along with new spaces, there must also be a human resource development and expansion strategy to ensure enough ECEs are available to meet licensing requirements for proportion of trained staff.   On average, for each 10 new spaces licensed in a child care centre, there must be 1 ECE available to hire.  The strategy must include market competitive wages reflective of level of certification and experience, along with province wide access to post-secondary ECE programs articulated into degree granting programs.

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Here is a link to a  PDF of the infographic that you can print:

161213 MCCA Member Infographic

 

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Posted by Pat W at 1:58 pm


Nov
15

#Together We Can

The Canadian Child Care Federation has provided an interactive resource as a call to action on child care.   Click on the links below for the English & French versions.  Contact your local Member of Parliament, provincial/territorial minister, circulate to parents, stakeholders, everyone and talk up the need for quality early learning and child care for all!

Page 1 from CCCF_Framework-ENG        Page 2 from CCCF_Framework-ENG  Page 1 from CCCF_Framework-FREPage 2 from CCCF_Framework-FRE

 

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Posted by Pat W at 10:00 pm


Nov
07

Children’s Interests Must Come First

The sad story about the Winnipeg toddler who suffered chemical burns at an unlicensed home day care is yet another reminder that improving access to quality licensed  child care needs to be a priority for our new government.

Winnipeg toddler suffers chemical burns at unlicensed day care

The parents of over 15,000 children on the provincial waiting list prefer licensed day care but can’t get a space.     In the meantime, it can be  safely assumed that a very large number of those children go to home day care that is not licensed,  or  illegal home day care  where  the number of children exceed  the allowable maximum.   A license is required when the provider has more than 4 children under the age of 12, including no more than two children under the age of two, including the caregivers own children.    If more than 4 children receive care, the home must become licensed.   However, there is no formal  monitor on child care that is not  licensed,  so it’s up to  parents or the public to  provide the over-site and report illegal operators.

Manitoba’s Community Child Care Standards Act and its regulations define the types of child care that need licensing and set minimum standards for supervision, staff qualifications, space, equipment, health and safety, nutrition, programming and behavior management.  Once licensed, homes and centres  are inspected by government staff on an ongoing basis to ensure standards continue to be met.

Government says it is working on a  plan to address the shortage of licensed child care spaces in our province.  The plan should  include a strategy to license the  current unregulated home child operators who can meet the existing evidence based  quality standards.   The plan should not include lowering what government calls the ” cumbersome regulatory framework”  to help  home based day care providers qualify for a license.    That could sink  our highly regarded  child care system down to the lowest common denominator.

A better approach is to introduce  research based  recommendations for quality enhancement in home child care (YBIC, Doherty et al, 2000) including increased provider preparation and professional development, increased infrastructure supports and income enhancements, and public awareness strategies about the importance of children’s early learning.

With National Child Day approaching November 20, let’s also commit to the  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed by Canada, which states that:

In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by the public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”

(Article 3.1)

 

 

 

 

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Oct
06

Child Care Wait-List a Nightmare!

The shortage of  licensed, affordable, and  reliable child care is a serious problem in most Canadian provinces and territories.

‘Not enough spaces’: Families share child care wait-list nightmares

Child care fees in some provinces cost more than a year of university tuition.

How child care costs compare in Canada (hint: they’re way more than tuition)

The Manitoba Government is holding pre-budget consultations right now, so parents frustrated with child care wait times in our province need to speak up!    There are a variety of ways to participate, but the  best way to comment on the topics most important to you is to make a written  submission directly to the Office of the Minister of Finance, 450 Broadway, Legislative Building, Winnipeg, MB R3C OV8.

Your Province, Your Plan Home Page

 

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Oct
04

Child Care Workforce Survey Now Closed

MCCA has hired Probe Research to survey our Professional, Child Care Assistant, and Family Child Care Provider members.  Over 3000 individuals employed in child care centres and providing licensed child care in their home are eligible to participate.    This will be the most comprehensive survey ever conducted with the child care workforce in Manitoba.   Questions included education and experience, compensation and benefits, working conditions, job satisfaction, plans for the future, etc.  The information will be very helpful in identifying strengths, gaps, and priorities that need to be addressed in order to build a child care system that includes a skilled, fairly compensated, and stable child care workforce.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their views!

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Sep
27

Evidence Based Analysis of Home Based Child Care in Manitoba

This newly released report examines licensed home child care in Manitoba, including the features associated with quality of care experienced by children and parents as well as the job experience of the care providers.

With more than 15,000 children on Manitoba’s online waiting list, and pressure to add new spaces, family child care is on government’s radar  as a priority for expansion.   The average number of children enrolled in a licensed family home was 7.2 in 2015.

This paper provides valuable information that government must consider when planning  an affordable, high quality, reliable early learning and child care system for Manitoba families.

To strengthen home child care,  solutions must be identified to address the following:

  •  high turnover
  • low income
  • vulnerability to income disruption
  • long work hours
  • few benefits
  • absence of early childhood specific training

*Between 2004-2013, the average overall opening rate in Manitoba was 8.33% and the average overall closing rate was 13.7%.

Read the full report:

Working Paper MB Family Home Childcare Study

 

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Sep
23

Are CDN Preschoolers Physically Active or Sedentary?

The good news:  almost three quarters of three and four year olds in Canada are meeting recommended daily physical activity guidelines (180 minutes a day).

The bad news:  less than a quarter of three and four year old adhere to guidelines for the maximum amount of time (no more than one hour a day)  they spend in front of a screen each day.

The message for parents and caregivers:  put away the screens and go outside to play!

Health Reports: Physical activity and sedentary behavior of Canadian children aged three to five

 

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Sep
15

Parent Survey on Child Care Concludes

Licensed child care centres and home child care providers that are MCCA members were  sent by email the  survey link to give to parents of children enrolled in their facility.     There are more than 1000 licensed  child care centres and homes  in Manitoba and most are MCCA members.

MCCA has engaged Probe Research to assist in the design, manage data collection, and to generate reports with the results.  The survey was open to those invited to participate from September 15 – 30, 2016.   Over 3000 parents completed the survey and MCCA will report on the results later this year.

This is the first scientific and most detailed survey ever conducted with Manitoba parents on the topic of child care.

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Sep
12

MCCA Announces Unique Research Project

The Manitoba Child Care Association announces it  has engaged Probe Research to conduct a survey in four key areas:

1.   Parents with children currently enrolled in the 746 child care centres and licensed family child care homes that are MCCA members . The parent survey will be open to qualified respondents from September 15 – 30, 2016.  Areas of inquiry include  experiences with access, quality, affordability, board governance, preferences for service needs, and opinions about possible system changes.   For example, we want to know how long parents spent waiting for a licensed child care space, what they did for care while waiting,  and how big an impact child care has on their employment/educational opportunities.   There is a question asking what parents look for when choosing a child care facility, and how confident they are about their ability to identify a high quality facility.  Parents will also be asked if child care should be considered part of the education system and also available in all new housing developments.   The responses to these questions and many others will provide valuable insight into the state of Manitoba;’s current  child care system, and their ideas for  improvements to  better serve their needs.

2.  MCCAs Professional, Child Care Assistant, and Family Child Care members will be surveyed October 4 – 14, 2016.  Questions will cover education, experience, job satisfaction, wages &                  benefits, and attitudes regarding Manitoba’s current and future system.   Some examples include how long worked in child care, compensation and benefits,  participation in professional                 development, plans for the future, recruitment challenges, and possible changes such as whether there should be a standardized provincial wage scale for all employees or whether school                 divisions should be responsible for child care.

These are the first scientific and most detailed surveys ever conducted in Manitoba, with a focus on those who know child care best – the parents who use the service and those who provide it.

Additional surveys this fall will include a public opinion survey to identify opinions about accessibility and possible policy options for improvements to Manitoba’s child care system.  A business leader survey will provide information about  how child care access impacts on the workplace.

Results from these research areas will be made available later this year.

MCCAs Media Release Sept 12, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press reports on MCCAs child care research project

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Aug
24

MCCA Calls for an Accessible and Reliable Child Care System

The waiting list for a licensed child care space in Manitoba continues to grow to record high levels.   As of June 30, 2016, there are 15,078 children registered on the provincial wait list.  These are individual children, meaning they are counted only once even if registered at multiple facilities.

Online Child Care Registry user statistics as of June 30, 2016

Clearly Manitoba families value licensed child care and the provincial government needs to develop a plan to add more affordable spaces families can count on, to attract and retain a skilled and fairly compensated workforce, to ensure there is there is the  infrastructure, skilled administration, and governance on which to build a quality system.

Recent media reports on the child care shortage include:

CTV news reports on the child care shortage in Manitoba

Winnipeg Free Press report on wait for child care at an all time high

CBC reports on need for child care action plan

Brandon Sun reports nearly 15,000 children on wait list for care

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Aug
16

Need Help Finding Quality Child Care?

As of June 30, 2016 there are 15,078 children on the online registry waiting for a space in a licensed child care facility.    Parents seeking employment, securing employment, or returning to school are highly likely  going to have trouble getting a space in a licensed child care centre or home.  Manitoba provides licensed child care for just over 18% of children 0 – 12 years of age.  MCCA recommends parents start the search for child care as soon as the need is identified.    Infant care in a licensed facility is in very high demand, so register your unborn child promptly if you plan a return to work after maternity/parental leave.  The quality of care children receive matters so parents must choose carefully!  The following resources will help parents learn about  child care options, and with  screening and monitoring.

Search for licensed child care in Manitoba

Online Child Care Registry

Parents may use unlicensed child care while waiting for a space in the centre or licensed child of their choice.   By law, a person can provide private home child care without a provincial license to a maximum of four children under age 12, including the caregivers own children and any other children living in the home.  No more of these children can be under the age of 2.   There are no standards that must be met and no inspections of the private home so it is entirely up to parents to evaluate and constantly  monitor the quality of care provided to their child.  When visiting an in home child care,  ask if the provider is licensed and if yes, ask to see the license which is issued by the Government of Manitoba.   For questions or concerns about child care, contact Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care at 204-945-0776.

Learn more about Unlicensed Private Home Child Care in Manitoba

Check list to use when screening child care facilities

Click here to see a Government of Ontario publication that is available in 23 languages in addition to English.

Questions to ask your child care provider

Frustrated with the shortage of licensed child care in Manitoba?  Contact your MLA to express your concern and add your voice to the call for more accessible, reliable,  affordable, quality, early learning and child care services.

Contact information for Manitoba MLAs

 

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 2:03 pm


Aug
15

MCCA Submits Briefing Paper to Minister of Families

MCCA representatives have met with new Minister of Families, Hon. Scott Fielding to tell him about our organization, our members, our government relations plan, and learn more about how he plans to implement his mandate letter from the Premier . We also gave him a briefing paper “Improving Early Learning and Child Care”, that reflects our opinion of the most urgent issues his government must address in order to keep Manitoba moving forward and  better serve the needs of Manitoba families.    Priority areas include:

  • Access and reliability
  • Affordability and subsidy
  • Adequate, stable, and predictable funding
  • Quality of care and learning
  • Recruitment  and retention of a skilled child care workforce
  • Modernize the child care system
  • Use the research from the Commission on Early Learning and Child Care report to move forward

Read the full report:

Improving ELCC in MB, June 2016

 

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Jul
28

New Canada Child Benefit Beefs Up Support for Parents

Macleans magazine reports the bulk of new Canada Child Benefit will go toward middle-income families.  This increase should help families who are  ineligible for government subsidy for child care fees.

Who benefits most from the new Liberal child care benefit?

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Posted by Pat W at 1:19 pm


Jul
25

Health Canada Advisory

Health Canada is advising Canadians to avoid using boric acid for arts and crafts projects, such as homemade slime, or modelling clay.

Health Canada Advises To Avoid Using Boric Acid

Here is a Health Canada fact sheet with more information about boric acid.

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Posted by Pat W at 7:06 pm


Jul
22

Planning for a National Child Care System

The federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs are to develop agreements with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to fulfill election commitments on child care.   This article  Beyond baby steps: Planning for a National Child Care System calls on the federal government to plan for:

  • a  common, detailed, evidence-based  policy framework
  • long-term, stable federal funding
  •  real options are available for families
  •  services to be available when and where they are needed
  •  quality programs  through regulations, staff qualified in early childhood education, good child-staff ratio’s and group sizes, a strong pedagogical base
  •  affordable programs
  • reliable operational funding provided directly to services
  • public management of child care services

Federal dollars should be earmarked for building/renovating, stable operating funding, and supporting and developing the system.

The Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission Report, January 2016 proposes an  ELCC policy framework to provide access to all parents who require the service.   This roadmap, combined with political will and  in conjunction with a federal government commitment on child care, should enable Manitoba to significantly expand and improve our early learning and child care system.

MCCA has provided the Minister of Families, the Hon. Scott Fielding with a briefing paper on how to improve early learning and child care in our province and will make a written submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the pre-budget consultation in advance of the 2017 budget.

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 1:50 pm


Jul
20

MCCA Meets with Minister of Families, Hon. Scott Fielding

MCCA representatives met with Minister of Families Scott Fielding to tell him about our organization, our government relations plan,  and  learn more about his Mandate Letter from the Premier.    We were pleased to hear his support for early learning and child care as an essential service, the need to continue to expand spaces to address the growing number of children reflected on the Online Child Care Registry, now 14,168 waiting for a space.  Of those 7,672 children are recorded as need a space withing a three month period.    We raised a number of urgent issues with the Minister, including:

  • the centres  with expansion projects underway and  still waiting for confirmation of start up/operating grant funding;
  • the need for annualized, stable funding for centres and family homes  that receive the operating grant;
  •  the long standing compensation problem in need of a solution, including  our support for a market competitive provincial wage scale for child care centre employees;
  • governance and administration challenges that need to be addressed, such as the lack of  assistance for start ups and governance challenges faced by boards of directors of child care centres

MCCA was pleased to hear there is a commitment to  improve early learning and child care in Manitoba, and has submitted our recommendations to the Minister in an ELCC Briefing Paper, June 2016.

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Jun
30

Canadian Public Health Association Calls for Pan-Canadian ECE Strategy

Excerpt:  “Early childhood education and care (ECEC) plays an important part in healthy child development and provides valuable support to families with young children.

The Canadian Public Health Association calls on the Federal government to work with provinces and territories to establish a pan-Canadian early childhood education and care strategy that provides a common vision including:

  • consensus that ECEC services should focus on the delivery of stimulating learning and physical environments that support child development and are consistent across Canada, while providing particular attention to the needs of children from vulnerable groups;
  • universal access to ECEC services, with fees that are affordable for all requiring the service, and proportionate to their ability to pay
  • targeted federal funding that would be directed to support program development, provider education, delivery and performance evaluation in place of the current system of federal tax credits to individual Canadians; and
  • increased provincial and territorial oversight and regulation of all ECEC providers

Read the full position statement:     Canadian Public Health Association Position Statement on Early Childhood Education and Care, June 2016

 

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Posted by Pat W at 7:35 pm


Jun
20

Child Care a Priority for Federal Minister

A recent media report quotes Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social services saying that a national strategy on child care is one of his priorities.*   Funding is not expected until 2017 and discussions with provinces are currently underway.

Child care, housing key priorities for families minister

With 12,000+ children on the online waiting list, Manitoba families are desperate for more licensed quality child care that includes early learning.     The recently elected Manitoba government needs to identify the details of their  plan to move child care forward.    We have the research, evidence, and a roadmap already in place.   The Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission, January 2016 proposed an ELCC Policy Framework in 4 key areas:

  • Governance and Local Infrastructure
  • Quality, including pedagogy and human resource development
  • Access, including availability, affordability, and sustainability
  • Data collection and analysis/research and evaluation

Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission Final Report, January 2016

 

*During the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party promised to work with provinces, territories, and Indigenous Peoples to create a new National Early Learning and Child Care Framework.  The Framework  is to be based on research, evidence-based policy, and best practices in the delivery of early learning and care.

MCCA has endorsed three core elements of a child care framework:

  • common federal, provincial and territorial frameworks
  • a plan for long term sustained funding
  • system building shared by federal, provincial/territorial governments and key stakeholders

Read about the Shared Framework:

Advocacy initiatives and policy developments

 

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 2:59 pm


Jun
07

Fit Kids, Healthy Kids

Summer has arrived and it’s time to get  outside and be active!   Help promote physical literacy by providing opportunities for children to run, jump, throw, climb, catch, and move!   Visit the Fit Kids, Healthy Kids website for ideas, a list of games, programs brought right to your facility, training for staff, and more!

Fit Kids, Healthy Kids

All that activity will create an appetite!   Visit the Nutrition for Early Learning and Child Care website for a nutrition handbook, healthy eating posters, recipes, and fact sheets.

Nutrition for Early Learning and Child Care

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May
31

MCCA Challenges PC’s to Develop a Robust Child Care Strategy

MCCA is calling on the PC government to improve child care in Manitoba by addressing the critical province wide shortage of child care spaces, by providing stable and adequate funding  funding for child care centres and licensed home child care, and upholding quality standards for all early learning and child  care programs.

The child care community is worried that the new government will reduce current funding to existing facilities, lower quality by changing the standards  that ensure the health, safety,  well-being of children,  and stop investing in new spaces   that provide both care and  early childhood education.

MCCA’s Provincial budget 2016 media release

Minister of Families, Scott Fielding has a mandate from the Premier that directs him to:

  • …..focus on shortening wait times for childcare, through a program of re-invigorating investment in private child care spaces and reducing barriers such as unnecessary red tape.  You will also work to reduce social problems through innovative social impact bonds.

Read the full mandate letter to the Minister of Families

Learn about social impact bonds

 

Quality child care is the backbone of all social programs that support families and the first tier of education for the 34,000 children able to access a licensed space.  There are currently more than 12,000 additional children registered on the online waiting list.

Online Child Care Registry Quarterly Statistics

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May
25

MCCA’s 2015 Annual Report

Please join us in celebrating another successful year by reading about the activities of the  MCCA board of directors, committees, regional branches, volunteers, and staff.   We thank all  our members for helping us advocate for a quality system of child care and advance ECE as a profession!  Here are some activities that kept us busy in 2015:

  •  The Commission on Early Learning and Child Care, recommended by MCCA in partnership with the Child Care Coalition of Manitoba, completed their roadmap for a universal child care system in Manitoba.
  • We provided non-partisan educational resource materials for our members in advance of the federal election.
  • Our membership grew to over 4000!
  • We introduced online workshops in partnership with Red River College
  • MCCA hosted Manitoba’s  first pedagogical institute for early childhood educators
  • MCCA centre members can access human resource management support from our partner PeopleFirst HR Services
  • 2,108 registrants for our fall and winter workshops!
  • 11 personalized professional development events for child care centres/child serving organizations
  • professional development events hosted by regional branches in all corners of  Manitoba

Click here to read  the full report:    MCCA’s 2015 Annual Report

 

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May
17

Prime Ministers Awards for Excellence in ECE

MCCA congratulates two  Manitobans  who have been named as recipients of a Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.   Olha Zablotski runs Parkside Child Care, a home based child care program.    Laura Burla is the director of St. James-Assiniboia Montessori Association Inc.  Both recipients received Certificates of Achievement.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education have honoured outstanding early childhood educators since 2001, with almost 250 educators honoured to date for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life.

Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Previous recipients from Manitoba include:

2014:  Cathy Addis, Carla Treger; Ruby-Ann Chartrand

2012:  Shauna Richards, Janine Guenter, Hailey Kusche, Dana Lynn Thompson

2009:  Jacquelyn Sturton

2008:  Vivian Scott

2006:  Lori Carpenter, Jo-Anne Palanuk

2003:  Penny Spence

2002:  Tammy Gingras, Donna Huyber, Rosemarie Klein

 

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Posted by Pat W at 2:24 pm


May
09

Child Care and the Manitoba Election

Dr. Susan Prentice, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba and a member of the Child Care Coalition of Manitoba specializes in child care research.  She has written an analysis  of the role child care played in the 2016 provincial election.    It is included in an E-Book published by the University of Manitoba Press, along with a team of 26 other experts – academics, policy analysts, and journalists – who also provided insight on a variety of other election related topics and issues.

The E-Book is free to download.  Dr. Prentice’s  contribution is on page 35.

Understanding the Manitoba Election 2016

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Posted by Pat W at 2:57 pm


May
03

CCCF Spring Interaction Online Now for MCCA Members

 

 

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All MCCA members are automatically included as joint members with the Canadian Child Care Federation.  Their online magazine, Interaction, is now available online.

Log in here if you are not yet registered.    You will be asked for your MCCA membership number and your email address.

If you are already registered, log in here  with your email address or CCCF user name.

 

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 6:36 pm


May
03

Manitoba’s New Executive Council

On behalf of our members, MCCA congratulates Premier Brian Pallister and the 12 MLA’s appointed to Manitoba’s Executive Council.    MCCA looks forward to working with Manitoba’s new government to continue to build a child care system that works for Manitoba – quality, accessible, affordable, inclusive, and not for profit, with a well educated and compensated child care workforce, strong governance, and administration.   Because  families can’t work without quality child care!

Here is a link to the News Release and list of the Manitoba government cabinet:

Pallister Administration Sworn In

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Posted by Pat W at 6:08 pm


May
02

A Time for Learning, A Time for Joy

Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning has developed a new Kindergarten Support Document,  A Time for Learning, a Time for Joy:  A Resource for Kindergarten Teachers.   It is available for free online or members may borrow it from the MCCA library.   The print version is available to purchase through the Manitoba Texbook Bureau.

A Time for Learning, A Time For Joy

The support document provides Kindergarten teachers with a developmentally appropriate play-based approach to the Kindergarten curriculum.  There is a lot in this resource that is useful information for  kindergarten teachers but also for ECEs who agree that “alignment between Manitoba’s ELCC curriculum and Kindergarten curriculum should encourage continuity of vision, beliefs, values, and principles related to early learning and pedagogy from preschool to Kindergarten.”   

 

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Posted by Pat W at 8:30 pm


Apr
21

Big Challenge Ahead to Shorten Child Care Waiting List

The most current user statistics as of December 31, 2015  for the Online Child Care Registry are now available. In total, 12,070 children are registered on the waiting list  including 673 not yet born.   Of those, 7,333 require child care within three months of December 31, 2015.

During the election campaign, the PC party said they would shorten the wait list for a child care space by focusing on home-based child care spaces.

A home child care operator can be licensed for a maximum of 8 children, including his/her own.  The average home child care operator is licensed for 6 children.     Approximately 2000 new home based child care programs will have to be licensed to accommodate the 12,000 children on the waiting list.

There are currently 30,465 child care spaces in 681 licensed child care centres and 3,096 child care spaces in 430  licensed home based child care.

Here is a link to view the full report, including registrants by region:

Family Choices Online Child Care Registry – December 31, 2016

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Posted by Pat W at 8:18 pm


Apr
20

Celebrate Week of the ECE, April 24 – 30, 2016

Manitoba can’t work without early  childhood  educators, child care assistants, and licensed family child care providers!   MCCA invites parents and the public to join with us in thanking them for their expertise, dedication, and loyalty to children and families.

Here is a poster you can print and display:

Week of the ECE 2016 Flyer

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Posted by Pat W at 1:13 pm


Apr
20

Manitoba Elects New Provincial Government

Manitobans have elected a new government with new leaders, vision, and priorities.  We wish the new MLA’s much success in their term of office and will offer our expertise to help guide them with creating a child care system that works for Manitoba.  It’s 2016 and quality early learning and child care matters to families.  It has a positive impact on how children learn, enables parents to be employed or in school, reduces poverty, supports families, is key to women’s equality, and contributes to a strong economy.   MCCA will continue our work with the new  government to advocate for a quality system of child care and to advance early childhood education as a profession.

Here is a briefing paper that outlines the strengths, issues, and priority areas for moving ELCC forward in Manitoba.

ELCC in MB April 2016

Here is a link to the  Executive Summary of the Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission Report, completed January 2016 after a 10 month review of local and international research and consultation with Manitobans.

Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission Report, January 2016

The report recommends an approach to address the shortage of 12,000 licensed child care spaces in Manitoba through a comprehensive  policy framework in four key areas:

  • Governance and Local Infrastructure
  • Access including Availability, Affordability, and Sustainability
  • Quality, including Pedagogy and Human Resource Development
  • Data Collection and Analysis

The approaches were constructed to ensure quality is not compromised with expanded services.

MCCA hopes the new government of Manitoba will review  the Commissioners report and consider introducing the recommendations that fit with their priorities.

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 1:06 pm


Mar
16

Election Forum on Early Learning and Child Care Draws Big Crowd!

Child care is an election issue for Manitobans, judging from the full house at the Election Forum on Early Learning and Child Care, March 16, 2016. Party representatives were:

Liberal Party:  Kyra Wilson

NDP Party:  Kerri Irvin-Ross

Progressive Conservative Party:  Ian Wishart

All representatives said they know families need more accessible child care and the number of spaces need to increase.   They know there are  problems in the childcare workforce that need to be addressed (shortage of ECEs and compensation ) and that infrastructure is also a problem.

Kerri-Irvin Ross often referenced the new  Commission on Early Learning and Child Care Report  as a roadmap to  follow to strengthen the system and expand services.   A key question at the forum was how the province intends to proceed on the pilot projects  to move responsibility for school age child care  to school divisions.  School age staff want to know what is going to happen to their centres and their jobs.  Irvin-Ross acknowledged details still have to be worked out in consultation with stakeholders.

Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission Final Report

 

She also emphasized the NDP  commitment to improve salaries by funding the MCCA’s Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale for Early Learning and Child Care Programs.

Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale 2015-2016

The Liberals have  made a formal announcement on child care.   Here is a link to their full platform:

Liberal Party Commitment to Child Care

Both the NDP and Liberals vowed to maintain not for profit services, well recognized by research as key factors affecting both quality and cost of the service.

The Conservatives haven’t yet released a formal policy on child care, however Ian Wishart acknowledged the need for more  spaces, to address workforce issues, and improve on infrastructure.  He mentioned choice and said the  Conservatives think the not for profit model alone can’t address the shortages so their party would look to the private sector including more in home licensed child care as a solution.   He was careful to add that didn’t necessarily mean corporate child care is coming to Manitoba.  For a look at what parent fees are in provinces with a lot of private, for profit child care,  see this recent report from the Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives:

2015 Child Care Fees in Canadian Cities

The Election Forum on Early Learning and Child Care was filmed and will be available for viewing shortly.

CBC News Report on the Election Forum

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Posted by Pat W at 3:17 pm


Mar
09

Fiscal Update Includes New Child Care Investment

The province tabled its fiscal update on March 8, 2016.  It included a commitment to increase child care spending by $35.5M of which $25M is for building new child care centres and $10.5M to pay for salaries and other operating costs.

$35.5M more for building a child care system that works for Manitoba

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Posted by Pat W at 2:53 pm


Mar
04

How are Manitoba’s Children Doing?

There is a new video highlighting the importance of the early years and also the EDI (Early Development Instrument).    The EDI is a questionnaire that measures kindergarten children’s readiness for school across several areas of child development:

  • physical health and well being
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and thinking skills
  • communication skills and general knowledge

The EDI  assess the strengths and needs of the children in a community overall, and can help schools, parents, early learning and child care programs, service providers and policy makers make informed decisions about how to better support the development of children.

The EDI and Early Years video

The video is available in English and in French.

The 2012/13 EDI Provincial Reports for Manitoba by school division are available at Healthy Child Manitoba

This election, let’s ensure the political parties attend to the needs of all generations of Manitobans.   Ask candidates how their party plans to continue the focus on child-centred public policy and ensure best outcomes for Manitoba’s youngest citizens  – from prenatal to adulthood.

 

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Posted by Pat W at 2:31 pm


Feb
16

Provincial Election 2016 – Make Child Care A Priority!

Manitoba families can’t work without quality child care!     MCCA is advocating for a child care system that works for Manitoba with enough  accessible and affordable child care spaces to meet demand,  a skilled, well compensated workforce, with  strong governance and administration.   This election, we are asking all voters to make child care a top priority when deciding how to mark your ballot!

Political party support for child care can vary significantly so it’s important to ask lots of questions to identify if  candidates represent a party that shares your own beliefs.  Engage candidates in a conversation by adding your own personal child care experiences and stories to help them better understand the issues and your own priorities.

Here is a link to background information about the child care system in Manitoba and sample questions to ask candidates during the provincial election:

Child Care and Provincial Election 2016

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Posted by Pat W at 3:43 pm


Feb
08

F/P/T on Fast Track to Set Up a National Child Care Program?

The Royal Commission on the Status of Women first recommended a National Child Care Program in 1970.   It’s been on and off the table several times since then, most recently in 2005 when federal/provincial agreements were signed with a former Liberal government  and then swiftly terminated  by the former Conservative government in 2006.  In the absence of federal leadership over the past 10 years,  Canadian families are even more desperate for affordable child care services.  There are 12,000 children on Manitoba’s online child care wait list.

Following a meeting February 5, 2016 with his provincial counterparts, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development told reporters federal and provincial governments should be able to quickly come to an agreement on a framework for a national early learning and child care program because they aren’t starting from scratch.

What a difference political will makes!

F/P/T on Fast-Track for National Child Care Program?

 

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Posted by Pat W at 3:05 pm


Feb
02

Child Care on the Agenda for Fed/Prov/Territorial Ministers Meeting

The Government of Canada  will be meeting with social services ministers on February 4 and 5, 2016.     Early learning and child care is on the agenda.

Goverment of Canada News Release

MCCA hopes this meeting will lead to a renewed federal/provincial partnership that will help Manitoba  move forward quickly on the  ambitious plan to add 12,000 child care spaces over the next 5 – 7 years.   Kerri-Irvin Ross, Minister of Family Services will attend.  MCCA recently wrote to Minister Ross and the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development expressing support for the Shared Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Posted by Pat W at 8:28 pm


Feb
01

MCCA Endorses Shared Framework for Building an ECEC System for All!

The Manitoba Child Care Association has endorsed a Shared Framework for Early Childhood Education and Child Care developed by the Canadian  Child Care Federation, the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, and Campaign 2000.

The shared framework describes key areas to work on:

  1.  Common federal/provincial/territorial policy framework
  2. A plan for long-term sustained funding
  3. Shared system  building and policy and system developement

It describes the best outcomes for a joint federal/provincial strategy on early learning and child care, made possible once again by the commitment of a new federal government.  Federal and provincial political will is essential in moving early learning and child care in a positive direction.

MCCA will be informing our Premier, the Hon. Greg Selinger, and the Minister of Family Services, the Hon. Kerri Irvin Ross that early learning and child care is an important issue for Manitoba families and children and calling on them to promote collaborative action by provincial, territorial, and federal governments.

Manitoba is already on the right track with a new policy framework for early learning and child care, and the proposed  action plan to  strengthen governance, quality, human resources, access by adding more affordable spaces, and data collection.  Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission Report, January 2016

You can lend your support for the Shared Framework  by emailing the Premier at premier@leg.gov.mb.ca,  the Family Services Minister at minfs@leg.gov.mb.ca, your Member of Parliament, your MLA; Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos Jean-Yves.Duclos@parl.gc.ca;  Terry Duguid, Parlimentary Secretary Terry.Duguid@parl.gc.ca;

Remember to ask provincial  election candidates and canvassers about their plan to keep  early learning and child care moving forward in Manitoba. The best answer includes support for the proposed policy framework developed by the Commission – highlighting the  commitment for at least 12,000 more spaces, keeping fees affordable through not for profit service delivery and a cap on maximum fees, and a plan to address human resource issues such as the shortage of early childhood educators and a strategy to fix the compensation problem.

Manitoba families can’t work without quality child care!

 

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Jan
12

Manitoba Announces Big and Bold Child Care Strategy

The Government of Manitoba has announced how it intends to move forward on the report of the Manitoba Early Learning and Commission.  The report was commissioned to provide direction on how to introduce  universal early learning and child care for Manitoba by creating 12,000 new spaces over 5 – 7 years.

The recommendations are part of a comprehensive policy framework to guide implementation, and include governance, access, affordability, quality, human resources, and data collection.

MCCA is most excited that government has committed to introduce a provincial salary scale beginning September 1, 2016.   The media release, January 12, 2016 says:  “The Premier announced a plan for workforce recruitment and retention by phasing in a provincial wage scale beginning on September 1, 2016……”

MCCA believes  that government must ensure all child care centre employees earn a wage  range reflective of classification, job, and years of experience according to our research based Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale for Early Learning and  Child Care Centres, 2015 – 2016.  Page 72 of the Commission Report says that “Manitoba should introduce a provincial wage scale that is incorporated into a new funding formula for licensed centres that recognizes…….recommended wage levels as proposed by the MCCA Competitive Market Wage.”    

We agree with the Commission that the “provincial wage scale must be indexed annually”.

Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale for Early Learning and Child Care Centres, 2015-2016

We also believe that licensed, self employed family child care providers should be able to earn a fair income for the valuable work they provide and that must be considered when government reviews parents fees, operating grants, and a modernized  funding model.

The plan to explore the feasibility of moving  school age child care (6-12) to school divisions needs a careful approach  to ensure families continue to have access to the hours of care  they need, affordable fees, subsidy for low income families, skilled staff, and  adult:child ratio’s that enable safe, quality care.   The Province has committed to pilot this new model in 2 school divisions initially – Seine River and Seven Oaks.  MCCA will work with government to ensure child care is represented in developing the  transition plans and that adequate support is provided to centres to replace school age spaces with infant and preschool spaces.  Pages 22 – 25 of the Commission Report outlines several phases to follow in the transition to ensure there is a process for communication, consultation, and collaboration.

Family Services Minister Kerri-Irvin Ross invites responses to  the Commission report.  Questions or concerns can be emailed to minfs@leg.gov.mb.ca

News Release on Creating Universally Accessible Child Care – January 12, 2016

Executive Summary of the Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission Report

Final Report of the Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission

Quality Child Care Keeps Manitoba FamiliesWorking!

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Posted by Pat W at 6:53 pm


Dec
10

CCPA’s New Report on Child Care Fees in Canadian Cities

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a  new report on licensed child care fees for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers  in 27 Canadian cities.  Fees vary dramatically across the country, and regulated spaces are hard to find.

Manitoba families are lucky to live in a province that has regulated fees,  government subsidy direct to eligible licensed facilities,  and 95% of child care centres that are not for profit service delivery.    All three of those factors are key to keeping child care fees paid by Manitoba parents far more affordable than any other province in Canada other than Quebec.

Learn more:

They Go Up So Fast, 2015 Child Care Fees in Canadian Cities

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Dec
04

Seeking New Leaders and New Ideas

MCCA is now accepting applications from members interested in serving on our Provincial Board of Directors.  There are one and two year positions open.  We are also accepting resolutions – formal expressions of views that identify a problem or issue and contain a directive for action.  Look for the details in the Winter issue of Child Care Bridges.

Application to the Board of Directors

Call for Resolutions

 

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Posted by Pat W at 4:28 pm


Nov
24

How to Foster Good Mental Health in Early Childhood

The early years are critical for future child outcomes.  Ensuring positive   mental health right from the start is important.  Click on the link for information for parents and educators on how to foster and maintain good mental health in children birth to age 8.

Supporting Positive Mental Health Throughout Early Childhood

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Posted by Pat W at 5:01 pm


Nov
17

Throne Speech Commits to 12,000 More Spaces

In the 2015 speech from the Throne, the provincial government committed to create 12,000 more affordable child-care spaces in order to make sure parents who need a child care space will have one.  Plans to expand include more  child care centres in schools, college, and universities over the next five to seven years.

There are 12,729 children province wide on the online waiting list.

Online Child Care Registry, September 30, 2015

A plan to increase the number of licensed spaces will be very welcomed by families struggling to find quality, affordable child care.  However, the plan must also include a provincial wage scale at market competitive rates;   a significant increase in post-secondary urban, rural, and northern training programs to graduate 1200+ plus Early Childhood Educators; along with capital, start up, and operating funding and leadership to establish  new child care facilities all over Manitoba.

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Posted by Pat W at 9:42 pm


Nov
13

A National Child Care System – Because it’s 2015!

The new Liberal government, in a pre-election statement, said “we will develop a child care framework that meets the needs of Canadian families, wherever they live” and “we will meet with provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities to begin work on a new Early Learning and Child Care Framework to deliver high quality, flexible, and fully inclusive child care for Canadian families.”

Read the mandate letter sent by the Hon. Justin Trudeau to the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development

The Prime Minister tells his Minister that he expects him to work on a number of top priorities including:

Work with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs to launch consultations with provinces and territories and Indigenous Peoples on a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework as a first step towards delivering affordable, high-quality, flexible and fully inclusive child care”.

It’s good to see evidence that this Prime Minister  intends to make good on his promises.  It’s been 45  years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women first recommended a national child care program, and stacks of other studies, reports, along with distinguished people and  Canadian families from coast to coast to coast  have called for the same.  It’s past time for talk; let’s get on with it.    MCCA has written to the Prime Minister, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, and the Hon. Kerri Irvin-Ross, Manitoba’s Minister of Family Services urging speedy and significant action to move forward on early learning and child care.

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Posted by Pat W at 9:29 pm


Nov
03

Children Deserve to be Heard! Celebrate National Child Day, November 20!

National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20 in recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The UN Convention, signed in 1989, recognizes specific rights for children including:

  • Protection (eg from abuse, exploitation, and harmful substances)
  • Provision (eg for education, health care, and an adequate standard of living)
  • Participation (eg listening to children’s views and respecting their evolving capacities)
  • Specific protections and provisions for vulnerable populations such as Aboriginal children and children with disabilities)

Canada ratified the Convention on December 13, 1991.

Learn more on the Unicef Canada website :

About the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Read the Convention in Child Friendly language

National Child Day Activity Kits for K-Grade 8 and up

 

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Posted by Pat W at 5:00 pm


Oct
23

Announcing HR Support Option for Child Care Centres

MCCA and *PeopleFirst HR Services have partnered to provide child care centres with a Human Resources (HR) support option to help management staff  create productive and engaging workplaces.  If you need help with employee relationships, respectful workplaces, progressive discipline, writing policies, performance management, etc.  this service is for you!   Call your HR expert  to discuss how to deal with  workplace gossip, difficult relationships and interpersonal conflict, excess absences, or questions about Employment Standards,   A subscription gives centres telephone or email access to their own HR expert,  available Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm  to help problem solve, get advice or information, guide and support you in your HR responsibilities.

Subscription details and pricing  was sent to child care centres that are MCCA members in the Fall Issue of Child Care Bridges, or call Todd Nadeau, Practice Leader, HR@Your Service at hratyourservie@peoplefirst.com or 204-612-9072.

*PeopleFirst HR Services is the consultant for MCCA’s Human Resource Management Guide for Early Learning and Child Care Programs and the Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale for Early Learning and Child Care Centers.

 

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Oct
23

NEW Initiative – Online Professional Development Workshops

MCCA has partnered with Red River College and the Science of Early Child Development (SECD) to provide online workshops.  The first workshop, Focusing on Play, is scheduled from November 23 – December 7, 2015.  Topics include the value of play for learning and development, the role of play in self-regulation, and risky, active and outdoor play.  A next session, on positive guidance, will run in early 2016.

Click here for more information about the SECD and this workshop:

Online Workshop – Focusing on Play

Click here to view the online workshop from MCCA’s  Fall Workshop Brochure (page 22) and pricing:

MCCA’s Fall Workshop Brochure – Focusing on Play Information*

*Please note:  there is an error in the brochure, the  location of this workshop is  ONLINE, not at MCCA

Click here to go directly to online registration:

Register online now!

 

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Posted by Pat W at 1:01 pm


Oct
20

A Liberal Goverments Promise For Child Care

The hope of a real national early learning and child care program is restored in Canada!  The Liberal party committed to work with provinces and territories and Indigenous Peoples to create a new National Early Learning and Child Care Framework.  It will be part of their new social infrastructure investment of nearly $20 billion over the next 10 years. It will build on the progress that provinces and territories have made and move further in providing affordable, accessible, inclusive, high quality child care and early learning, which considers the diverse needs of all children in Canada.   The Liberals promised to develop a framework for provincial agreements based on research, evidence-based policy, and best practices in the delivery of early learning and child care starting within 100 days  of being elected.

Many of us were very excited when the federal/provincial funding agreements “Moving Forward on Early Learning and Child Care” were signed with a former Liberal government.  The Government of Manitoba was first to sign  on April 29, 2005,  only  to have it  terminated by the Conservative government mere months later and replaced with the Universal Child Care Benefit.

The urgent need for more early learning and child care services is now more critical than ever before.  MCCA hopes we can pick up where we left off 10 years ago, restore a federal/provincial development strategy,  and move forward quickly to begin anew to build a national child care program that includes the leadership of the Government of Canada!

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Posted by Pat W at 2:09 pm


Oct
13

Risky Play

The Science of Early Child Development (SECD) provides this month’s e-newsletter on the topic of risky play.  Watch the video and hear ECE Instructors  Marc Battle and Melinda Walden describe six categories of risky play and the benefits for children.   You can sign up to receive the SECD’s  eMessage too!

Click here for the Science of ECD eMessage archives and scroll down to October for the video link

 

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Posted by Pat W at 2:35 pm


Oct
08

BIG Thanks to Canada’s Child Care Workforce!

October 8 is a national day of recognition for Canada’s early learning and child care workforce.  The Manitoba Child Care Association  salutes the Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Assistants, Family Child Care providers,  provincial/territorial/First Nations licensing authorities and child care  coordinators for their dedication to providing quality child care services for children and families.    ECEs are key to quality child care!

Check out these portraits of ECEs at work

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Posted by Pat W at 6:43 pm


Oct
06

ECE’s Are the Key to Quality

The critical shortage of affordable regulated child care has been a key election issue and discussed by all major parties.  A comprehensive plan for a quality child care system must include a well trained, well compensated child care workforce.  There is a national day of action being planned for October 8, 2015 to recognize the ECE as key to child care quality.  Learn more at National Day of Action for the ECE Workforce

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Posted by Pat W at 1:07 pm


Sep
22

Is Child Care a Solution to Canada’s Stagnant Economy?

This  article from Macleans suggests a national child care program would have a far greater effect on the economy than income-splitting or another baby bonus ever could.  “All those women currently out of the workforce represent untapped earning potential and entrepreneurial energy”.   It cites Quebec, where low cost child care resulted in higher female participation rates and stronger economic growth; and a 2013 OECD study that found providing support for the care of children under three had a “more robust” impact on women’s workforce participation rates than paid leave or family benefits.  

http://www.macleans.ca/economy/economicanalysis/why-cheap-daycare-is-the-answer-to-canadas-stagnating-economy/

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Posted by Pat W at 2:46 pm


Sep
08

The Economic Value of Child Care

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has identified publicly supported child care and early childhood education as critical to a nations wealth and citizen well being.  For every public dollar that is spent on child care, there is a return on the investment that benefits the regional economy.  Economists call this return a “multiplier”.  The multipliers across North American range from 1.6 to 3.25 depending on the region considered.

Read all about it:

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/atkinson/UserFiles/File/News/The_Economic_Value_of_Child_Care_January2012.pdf

Listen to economist Timothy Bartik make the case for preschool as an economic development program.

http://on.ted.com/Bartik

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Posted by Pat W at 2:43 pm


Aug
21

Benefits of Intelligent Child Care Policy Design

Well written  article, The economics (and ethics) of affordable child care)  from the Broadbent Institute hits the nail on the head, recommending “intelligent child care policy design”:

“Policies that make good quality child care more affordable for families can increase women’s employment opportunities and change the way that the market rewards women’s work.  This can be beneficial for children and families and society.”

http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/the_economics_and_ethics_of_affordable_child_care

Well said Gord Cleveland!

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Posted by Pat W at 4:11 pm


Aug
21

Human Resource Management Guide

MCCA worked with a team of experts to create our Human Resource Management Guide for Early Learning and Child Care Programs.  Your centre can use the templates to customize  job descriptions, contracts, personnel policies and more.  There are chapters on Employment Standards, Workplace Safety and health, and recruitment and retention strategies.   This resource is complete, current,  professional, and affordable.

Learn more and place your order:   HRMG 2015 Flyer

 

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Posted by Pat W at 6:00 am


Aug
19

Charities and Their Participation in Political Activities

If your organization is a registered charity, this is a good time to review your obligations under the Income Tax Act.   The Canada Revenue Agency has made  available a webinar series with important information.

Click here to view:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/vdgllry/chrts-gvng/srs-pltclctvts-eng.html

 

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Posted by Pat W at 5:43 pm


Jul
31

Early Childhood Education in Canada

Scholars from economics, psychology, education, health, medicine, and the neurosciences, agree that high-quality early childhood education results in improvements in scholastic, social, and health outcomes for children and their families, as well as in economic benefits for Canadian society.

Read all about it at http://ecincanada.ca/en

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Posted by Pat W at 1:14 pm


Jul
29

Child Care is Hiring!

There are a record breaking 54 jobs in the Employment Opportunities area of MCCA’s website.   Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s) are in high demand all over Manitoba, whether full or part time, working with children, but also  supervisors, and centre directors.  If you are looking for a new career,  enjoy and value children, like to be active, are a  minimum of 18 years of age,   there are lots of jobs for entry level and experienced male and female Child Care Assistants (CCA’s).  Learn more about careers in child care at http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/careers.html

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Posted by Pat W at 2:09 pm


Jul
21

A Child Care Vision for 2020

See what a universal child care program for Canada will look like!

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Posted by Pat W at 4:53 pm


Jul
20

Wait list for Child Care Space in Manitoba Reaches New High

As of March 31, 2015 there are 12,214 children registered on the online licensed child care wait list in Manitoba, the highest number recorded since the registry opened in 2011.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/parentupdate/pubs/stats_q1_2015.pdf

Statistics Canada recently reported 70.7% of families in Manitoba have two employed  parents, up from 39.2% in 1976.

Manitoba families need more quality, accessible, affordable child care services!

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Posted by Pat W at 5:20 pm


Jul
03

ECE is Essential for Prosperity

The Early Child Development Funders working group has developed  an open letter to urge Canada’s politicians to recognize that ECE is an must have element in building a more prosperous country.  Learn more here:

http://ecdfwg.ca/en/read-open-letter/

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Posted by Pat W at 1:18 pm


Jun
25

Majority of Manitoba Parents Both Work

Statistics Canada reports that Manitoba has the third-highest proportion of families with two working parents at 70.7%.   That is up significantly from 39.2% in 1976.

Read more:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/majority-of-manitoba-parents-both-work-309733421.html

The shortage of child care is a real problem for young families.   There is a licensed child care space for only 16.6% of Manitoba’s children ages 0 – 12 years.   Over 11,000 children are registered on the province’s online wait list for a child care space.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/parentupdate/stats.html

The availability of child care benefits the economy, supports healthy child development, and helps parents balance work and family.

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Posted by Pat W at 4:27 pm


Jun
23

Celebrating 25 years of making music!

Congratulations to the Variety Club, sponsor of the Musiktanz program for inner city child care centres for the past 25 years.  Thanks to the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association, The Winnipeg Foundation, Red River Co-op and Verna Ross for their contributions to bringing the gift of music to thousands of children!

http://varietymanitoba.com/effort/musiktanz-program/

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Posted by Pat W at 1:51 pm


Jun
17

MCCA hosts meetings with Commission on Early Learning & Child Care

It’s an exciting week at MCCA!  We have hosted  stakeholder meetings with Kathleen Flanagan and Jane Beach, Commissioners appointed by the Government of Manitoba to explore options for a universally accessible early learning and child care system.  Participants included  the MCCA board of directors; the  leaders of the Winnipeg and area director support groups;  representatives from nursery school, inclusion, and school age interest groups; MCCA regional branch chairpersons from Interlake, Central, Parklands, South Central, Thompson, and Westman.    A meeting with licensed family child care providers is next.  We are having thoughtful conversations, responding to tough questions, exchanging interesting ideas, learning more about our strengths, challenges, and opportunities.  It is evident that stakeholders value a  not for profit, community based, affordable, high quality system, with a skilled and well compensated early learning and child care workforce.

Quality child care matters to Manitoba!

The Advisory Committee to the Commission meets on Friday, June 19, 2015.  Pat Wege, Executive Director is MCCA’s representative to the Advisory Committee.

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Posted by Pat W at 2:07 pm


Jun
10

2015 ParticipACTION Report on Physical Activity

The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: The Biggest Risk is Keeping Kids Indoors was released .  

The ParticipACTION Report Card (formerly the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card) provides a comprehensive assessment of the current state of physical activity for children and youth in Canada.

For the first time, the Report Card takes a stand on play in nature and the outdoors—with its risks—and includes a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play.

The main message of the report card is that kids move more and sit less when they play outdoors, and have some freedom to roam and take risks. The following materials are available on ParticipACTION’s website:

  • A Highlight Report which summarizes the 2015 cover story, indicators and grades.
  • A Full Report which includes background on our methodology and process, in-depth analyses, summaries of key research, charts and figures and complete references.
  • Communications tools to support the dissemination of the Report Card findings in presentations, social media, on websites and in newsletters.

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Posted by Pat W at 5:08 pm


Jun
04

Manitoba Government Commits New Child Care Funding

The Manitoba Government announced funding for 14 new or expanded child care centres, 900 spaces, a 2% overall funding increase effective January 2016. Premier Selinger mentioned the  commitment made in 2014 for a wage enhancement grant to improve salaries  for long-term early childhood educators, but there were no details provided.  The Premier continues to speak of creating a “universally available  child care system” for Manitoba families.

For more information:   http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=35076&posted=2015-06-04

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Posted by Pat W at 7:38 pm


May
27

MCCA Announces 2015 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following award recipients for their outstanding contributions to early learning and child care in Manitoba:

Leader of the Year:  Brigitte Insull, Seven Oaks Child Day Care Centre

Exceptional Early Childhood Educator:  Doris Story, Discovery Children’s Centre

Exceptional Family Child Care Provider: Olha Zablotski

Graduate Bursary Award:  Monica Lytwyn, Manitoba Early Learning & Child Care

Dr. Gretta Brown Scholarships:  Melanie Fiola, Universite de Saint-Boniface and Grace Mateo, Red River College

 

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Posted by Pat W at 1:14 pm


May
26

MCCA Holds 40th AGM

MCCA’s 40th Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, May 21, 2015.  Board members re-elected for another term include Tracy Cosser, Tami Karsin, Corine Anderson, and Lois Johnson.  We welcome new leaders Sue Sydorchuk and Rosette Hakim.  Board members returning to complete terms to which they were previously elected are Caryn LaFleche, President; April Kalyniuk, President-Elect; Wanda Bruenig, Janice Delf, Fernanda Hodgson,  and Jodie Kehl.

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Posted by Pat W at 6:55 pm


May
05

MCCA’s 40th Annual General Meeting – May 21, 2015

You are invited to MCCA’s 40th Annual General Meeting, Thursday May 21, 2015 at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Registration opens at 4:30 pm, the business meeting starts at 5:00 pm sharp.  Special guest Trish Hennessey, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives will join us by Skype to share her research “How We Talk About Child Care:  What Canadians Really Think.” 

The AGM is your opportunity to learn more about the work of MCCA, celebrate our accomplishments, elect our Board of Directors, meet MCCA staff, and network with other members and guests.

 

The complete agenda and board nominees  was in the Spring issue of Child Care Bridges.   MCCA members unable to attend the AGM in person may vote by proxy.  Please contact patwege@mccahouse.org to request a proxy form. It must be returned to MCCA by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2015.

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Posted by Pat W at 4:51 pm


May
01

Provincial Budget 2015: A boost for child care

The Government of Manitoba presented the provincial budget 2015-2016 on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  The Finance Minister, Hon. Greg Dewar, said this about child care in his budget speech:

Budget 2015 continues to move Manitoba toward a truly universally accessible child-care system by:

  • investing in 900 newly funded child-care spaces
  • supporting higher wages for child-care workers; and 
  • building and expanding child-care centres.

MCCA supports the announcement to fund  more spaces and improve  compensation for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) , Child Care Assistants, and Family Child Care Providers.   As of December 31, 2014 there are 11,105 children province wide   on the online child care registry and in need of a licensed child care space.

Support for higher wages is essential as most child care centres cannot afford to  fairly compensate ECEs at the  current market competitive salary range, which is from $18.00 – $22.50 per hour for  a graduate with a  2 year diploma or a degree.

Source:   Market Competitive Salary Guideline Scale for Early Learning and Child Care Programs 2014- 2015:  MCSGS 2014-2015

The minimum starting wage  for an ECE in Manitoba has been $15.50 an hour since  2009.

The province controls both parent fees and operating grants for licensed facilities, which means an annual funding increase must be provided by government  to cover the inflationary  increases to operating costs along with a wage increase for employees.

There is a chronic, long term ECE shortage in Manitoba so not  all of the child care centres licensed by the Government of Manitoba are able to  meet the minimum standards  for trained staff.   A very successful provincial ECE training strategy has led to more ECE graduates in recent years, but has not solved the staff shortage.   Unfortunately, there is no system to track turnover of ECEs, which makes effective problem solving difficult.    Anecdotally, it seems ECEs leave the child care system because they can no longer afford to work in it, especially after becoming a parent and having to find and pay for their own child’s care.  In addition, there are  now more  employment opportunities in other sectors for someone with a post secondary credential in early childhood education. For example, the average maximum paid by school divisions for an ECE working as an Educational Assistant is $19.25/hour.

MCCA has been calling on the Government of Manitoba to fund market competitive salaries for the child care workforce since 2007.

Details on how the new funding for child care will be allocated to licensed facilities will be provided by the Minister of Family Services in the near future.

 

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Posted by Pat W at 3:17 pm


Apr
27

Celebrating Week of the Early Childhood Educator, April 26 – May 2, 2015

The Manitoba Child Care Association thanks all Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Assistants, and licensed Family Child Care Providers for their important contribution to early learning, care, family support, and community and economic development in Manitoba!

Take  a hand, open a mind, touch a heart, shape the future!

ECE is the best place to be!

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Posted by Pat W at 6:54 pm


Mar
20

Manitoba Government Moves Ahead on Commission

The Manitoba government is taking the next step to launch a commission to redesign the province’s early learning and child care system and create more universally accessible care for Manitoba families who need it.  MCCA is excited that  Kathleen Flanagan, principal at Kathleen Flanagan and Associates Inc. of Price Edward Island has been selected to be the commissioner.  Flanagan will team up with Jane Beach, principal of Jane Beach and Associates of Victoria, B.C.

 

Link to the Manitoba news release on the Commission, and a list of members of the Advisory Committee:

http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=34411

 

 

 

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Posted by Pat W at 1:54 pm


Mar
18

ECE Week April 26 – May 2

Please visit our ECE Week web page for the listing of our two Winnipeg events planned  to celebrate this week.  We also have a wide variety of boutique items at all price points that would make great gifts.

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Posted by Karen H at 3:19 pm


Mar
11

Starting Early, Starting Strong

Healthy Child Manitoba has released Manitoba’s Five Year Plan for Early Child Development

 

Starting Early Starting Strong

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Posted by Pat W at 7:40 pm


Mar
05

Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015

The Manitoba Child Care Association (MCCA) joins in celebrating women’s achievements and recognizes the struggles that remain in order for women to achieve equality and financial independence.  The shortage of quality, affordable, universal early learning and child care is the single greatest barrier women face in getting an education and finding and keeping jobs to support their families.  MCCA thanks all the Early Childhood Educators  who care and educate our  youngest  citizens so their mothers can help keep Manitoba working!

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Posted by Pat W at 7:17 pm


Feb
03

Manitoba Government Establishes Child Care Commission

February 3, 2015

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES COMMISSION TO CREATE ROAD MAP FOR PROVIDING UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE
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Children Thrive When Given an Early Start: Minister Irvin-Ross

The Manitoba government has established a commission to look at ways to redesign Manitoba’s early learning and child-care system to guide future plans including developing options to create universally accessible early learning and child care for all Manitoba families who need it, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said today.

“Our long-term economic future looks bright but we must ensure that every parent has an equal opportunity to participate in the workplace and we must provide every child with the best start to succeed,” Minister Irvin-Ross said. “Manitobans have told us very clearly that high-quality early learning and child-care services are essential for helping many families and children achieve those goals.”

The announcement was made at NorWest Early Learning Childcare Centre’s infant centre at ACCESS NorWest at 785 Keewatin St. There are 12 new infant spaces at the centre, funded by Manitoba Family Services’ early learning and child-care program at an annual cost of $131,820.

The commission will look at Manitoba’s early learning and child-care system to offer advice and options that will help the Manitoba government further develop high-quality, affordable child care, Minister Irvin-Ross said.

“Manitoba is on the right track with child care and has ambitious plans for the future,” said Pat Wege, executive director, Manitoba Child Care Association. “The commission is a timely initiative and will ensure we continue to work together to build a strong system, responsive to the needs of modern families including high-quality early learning for their children.”

Minister Irvin-Ross said the Manitoba government is responding to feedback expressed by parents, the child-care sector and other stakeholders during public consultations last year that led to the new Family Choices:
Manitoba’s Plan to Expand Early Learning and Child Care, announced May 1, 2014.

Since the conclusion of the first Family Choices multi-year plan, the Manitoba government has expanded the system by funding 646 more new child-care spaces and has taken steps to advance new goals of the 2014 plan
including:
* establishing two new Family Choices capital building fund intakes – one for school-based projects and one for community-based projects to build new and expand existing centres to create more spaces for families and communities;
* partnering with Manitoba Jobs and the Economy to pilot a self-employment project for family child care that will increase the number of licensed home-based child-care spaces for families and communities;
* increasing annual operating grants by two per cent effective this past Jan. 1 in support of wages/incomes for the sector;
* providing funding for more workplace training at Red River College for an additional 30 early childhood education students (ECE);
* providing funding to offer more substitute grants so that existing workers can participate in workplace training while continuing to receive their full salary;
* increasing the amount of the annual training grant effective this past Jan. 1 to $400 from $350 for child-care assistants, ECEs and family child-care providers working to advance their education and certification; and
* undertaking work with community stakeholders and experts to further examine recruitment and retention strategies and make recommendations for future planning.

The minister noted that since 1999, the Manitoba government has laid a solid foundation to expand early learning and child care including:
* nearly tripling annual funding for child care to more than $152 million, an increase of more than 184 per cent;
* funding more than 13,900 child-care spaces, an increase of more than 89 per cent;
* establishing a first-ever capital building fund with funding commitments to build new centres and expand existing centres;
* increasing wages by nearly 60 per cent and introducing a provincewide pension plan for child-care workers;
* introducing age-appropriate curricula and enhanced quality programming; and
* keeping Manitoba child care the most affordable in Canada outside of Quebec.

Minister Irvin-Ross said in upcoming weeks a commissioner will be selected to lead this important work for Manitoba.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

* Issie D. Frost, lawyer, Booth Dennehy LLP;
* Gail Watson, past president of the Manitoba Association of School Trustees and of the Manitoba Association of Home Economists;
* Carolyn Duhamel, executive director, Manitoba School Boards Association;
* Susan Prentice, graduate chair, and sociology professor, University of Manitoba, and steering committee member, Child Care Coalition of Manitoba;
* Pat Wege, executive director, Manitoba Child Care Association;
* Kathy Reid, former director, Manitoba Child Care Program
* Don Giesbrecht, CEO, Canadian Child Care Federation;
* Mariette Chartier, research scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy;
* Diane Roussin, project director, the Winnipeg Boldness Project;
* Terra Johnston, program and policy analyst – special initiatives, Healthy Child Manitoba Office, Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities;
* Wenda Dickens, co-ordinator, early childhood education unit, Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning; and
* Scott Forbes, early childhood educator.

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Posted by Pat W at 6:35 pm


Jan
13

Planning for the Future – MCCA’s Recommendations

MCCA’s recommendations to the Government of Manitoba are submitted annually during the pre-budget consultation process.   Read our Recommendations to Government

 

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Posted by Pat W at 8:41 pm


Jan
13

Human Resource Management Guide for Early Learning and Child Care Programs

This resource is a “must have” for child care centres that want current, professional, and comprehensive human resource policies and practices.  It is research based and written by experts contracted by MCCA.  It includes sample forms that can easily be customized for your facility.     Order Form for HRMG

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Posted by Pat W at 7:48 pm


Jan
07

Members should visit our new member login area!

Current members can login with the user name and password instructions included in the winter issue of Child Care Bridges.  You can renew your annual membership or make changes to your contact information.   Annual membership renewals are due by January 9, 2015.  We value your membership support!

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Posted by Pat W at 2:46 pm