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:
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 email@example.com, the Family Services Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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