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!
Posted by Jodie Kehl at 2:09 pm