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 Jodie Kehl at 9:29 pm