EARLY LEARNING and CHILD CARE

Universally accessible quality childcare means affordable, available, flexible equitable, carring well-paid staff and sound pedagogy.May 5, 2017

Ontario Council is pleased that 24,000 new child care spaces are being created.  A good start. More information.

March 25, 2017

Shannon Fuller, the acting Assistant Deputy Minister in the Early Years Division at the Ministry of Education presented Renewing and Expanding Ontario's Early Years System in her plenary address at the March Ontario Council Standing Committee meeting. Shannon began with an overview of the Ontario's Early Years system within a historical perspective. In 2009, Dr. Charles Pascal released With Our Best Future in Mind, with recommendations for a more integrated early learning and child care system, including full day kindergarten. In 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) came into force, replacing 70 year old legislation. CCEYA strengthened compliance with programming through play based learning, and regulated health and safety in early years settings.

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January 31, 2017

CFUW Ontario Council submission concerning the Early Years and Child Care consultation

The summary:

…”a high-quality early years and child care system is all about well-trained, well paid, compassionate and caring staff who are engaged with children and families. Appropriate staffing is combined with an early learning program based on sound pedagogy and funded through a cost-sharing similar to health. Programs are to be provided by a not-for-profit service provider within a safe environment, structured by evidence-based practice and appropriate regulations.”

December 8, 2016

Ontario is currently having Child Care Consultations both on online and in person. Online deadline is Jan.15, 2017.
Link includes the discussion paper, Building a Better Future: A Discussion Paper for Transforming Early Years and Child Care in Ontario. Read More

August 8, 2016
An email was sent to Mitzie Hunter, the minister of Education acknowledging the new regulation concerning wait lists for child care centres

April 13, 2016
Letter to Premier Wynne regarding Child Care and Early Years Act.

March 16, 2016
Ontario Council joins other organizations, child care centres and indiviuals signing a letter to Premier Wynne about proposed chages to staff in child care centres.

February 15, 2015
The Feb 19, 2015 Community Child Care Forum: We need to get this right, featured Martha Friendly, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Research Unit, Zeenat Janmohamed faculty member in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and visiting Scholar at the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the University of Toronto, and Lorna Reid, Director of the Early Child Care and Learning Centre at University of Guelph. The panel discussed child care across our country, our province and in our communities and presentations were followed by a discussion of needed policy change at the federal, provincial and municipal level and how members of the public can influence these changes.

This was also recorded by CFUW and can be found on the CFUW YouTube channel CFUWNational . (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1t_06P1IlNjxkExDamY46w).

March 2013
Ontario Council CFUW has long supported Early Learning and affordable, accessible, quality Child Care in Ontario.

Ontario Council has prepared two Toolkits, TOOL KIT #1 and TOOL KIT #2 and a Proposal for a System of Early Learning and Child Care in Ontario Clubs are asked to consider your participation in this advocacy and an action possible for your club.

If we are talking about improving the economy, then we need a strong reliable province-wide public system of early learning and child care. If we are talking about the care, well being, and growth of young children, then access to quality programmes with trained staff is essential.

With your efforts, this advocacy action could become an Ontario Council province-wide campaign. The voices of 5200 members can make a difference.

February 15, 2015
The Feb 19, 2015 Community Child Care Forum: We need to get this right, featured Martha Friendly, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Research Unit, Zeenat Janmohamed faculty member in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and visiting Scholar at the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the University of Toronto, and Lorna Reid, Director of the Early Child Care and Learning Centre at University of Guelph. The panel discussed child care across our country, our province and in our communities and presentations were followed by a discussion of needed policy change at the federal, provincial and municipal level and how members of the public can influence these changes.

This was also recorded by CFUW and can be found on the CFUW YouTube channel CFUWNational . (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1t_06P1IlNjxkExDamY46w)

September 29, 2012
The Ontario Council Standing Committee on Education had a presentation about child care by Martha Friendly, Childcare Resource and Research Unit at the University of Toronto. Read more

September 14, 2012
Comments were sent to the Hon. Laurel Broten, Minister of Education concerning Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships

April 1, 2010
Letter has been sent concerning the Ontario Budget 2010 to the Hon. Laurel Broten, thanking her for the continuation of the childcare funding.

February 15, 2010
ADVOCACY ALERT
A letter was sent to the Premier and the Minister of Children and Youth Services, the Hon. Laurel Broten, concerning the funding of child care services.

The Ontario Coalition of Better Child Care [ www.childcareontario.org ] has an excellent website on the crisis in the funding of child care services

March 12, 2009
ADVOCACY ALERT

A plea for child care

As we have been celebrating International Women’s Day and the advances that women have made, we have also become more concerned about current child care situation.

Good quality child care is one of the cornerstones of our economy - allowing parents to work, or further their education, at the same time providing valuable early childhood learning which will support and develop young minds for years to come.

Yet at the time that we most need its growth, child care continues to be under threat with the possibility of 22,000 affordable child care spaces, with the jobs of 4000 child care workers, being lost in the province this year if the 2009 Ontario Budget does not cover the upcoming funding shortfall.

Quebec, with its $7.00/day child care, has lowered child poverty by 50% and found that 40% of the cost of the programme is now covered by the added revenue from new working parents.

We ask that the Ontario government invest in child care and save the threatened child care spaces.

We have three letters that can be sent – one by Presidents to their MPPs, and two versions of letters that can be sent by individual members.

Presidents
Individual members – long
Individual members – short

March 8, 2009
On International Women's Day, Ontario Council sends a letter to the Minister of Finance asking for essential support to child care.

Mar. 12, 2007
A letter is sent, by Judie Arrowood, Status of Women and Human Rights Chair, to the Hon. Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Children and Youth Services concerning the $300 million promised in 2003 for early learning and child care.

Mar. 5, 2007
A letter is sent, by Wendy Taylor, Education Chair, to the Hon. Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Children and Youth Services commending the “Best Start” program and encouraging an increase in funding for this programme.

Sept. 16, 2006
Standing Committees meeting:
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE - POLICY & ADVOCACY
The panellists included Gordon H. Cleveland, an economist and professor in the Division of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough spoke about the economic benefits and effects of child care. Elizabeth Ablett, the new Executive Director of the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare discussed the work of the Coalition, the current campaign of Code Blue, and the upcoming work for the elections, both provincial and federal.
Full Report

Feb. 3, 2006
From the Ontario Council Pre-Budget Brief:
Child Care:
It goes without saying that child care is essential to the economy of Ontario – for the intellectual development of the child as thoroughly explained in the 1999 report, The Early Years Study and for care of children while parents are working. Affordable childcare and early learning programs are particularly important for parents from the lower socio-economic scale.

The Ontario Council of Canadian Federation of University Women has been concerned about and has had extensive policy on the provision of child care since 1987.

We support the goals of quality, universality, accountability and development, and have over the past years asked previous federal and provincial governments “to commit itself, through social and economic policies, to facilitate the provision of an adequate supply of affordable, accessible child care facilities, which fulfil the purposes of providing a safe, healthy, physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.”(CFUW Resolution, 1987) as well as creating “well-defined standards and criteria” that also “ensure that salaries be consistent with professional training, experience and responsibility.” (CFUW Resolution, 1988)
We applaud the signing of the 2005 Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and the 2003 Multilateral Framework on Early Learning and Child Care and the approximately 12,500 new child care spaces these would create. 

We are therefore very concerned that these agreements may not be honoured by the new federal government. 
Compensation for child care workers is extremely low. According to the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council, a full-time child care worker earns an average of $17,800. for a person with no post-secondary education and $25,000 to $28,000 for those with college certificates and university degrees. This does not compare to kindergarten teachers. We applaud the proposed creation of College of Early Childhood Educators and hope that with the study of standards will come the amelioration of the salaries.

The working conditions can be difficult with long working hours and few breaks. These lead to a rapid turnover in staff. Better working conditions and better pay will bring and keep a better trained and a more stable workforce, an essential part of a quality child care system. This is especially important if kindergarten teachers and child care workers are to be part of a holistic centre.

Mar. 4, 2005
CFUW/Ontario Council sends a letter to the Hon. Marie Bountrogianni concerning Early Learning and Child Care.