Community Recommendations for BC’s First Steps toward a Public System of Child Care

British Columbia’s families finally have meaningful progress on solving the current child care chaos In BC’s 2017 provincial election, both the BC NDP and BC Greens made child care the largest area of new spending in their platforms. The $10aDay Plan is a comprehensive, evidence-based solution to the crisis of child care in BC. The Plan… Continue reading Community Recommendations for BC’s First Steps toward a Public System of Child Care

Ontario Ministry of Education Releases its 2017 Licensed Child Care Survey Report

The Ontario Ministry of Education has released its 2017 licensed child care survey, which was the third survey of licensed child care centres and home child care agencies (i.e. licensees) conducted by the Ministry. The previous surveys were carried out in 2012 and 2015. Similar to the previous surveys, the 2017 survey asked licensees to… Continue reading Ontario Ministry of Education Releases its 2017 Licensed Child Care Survey Report

New Report: Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

Supporting and growing women-owned businesses In the first of five reports, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders recommend, “Considering ways that childcare benefits and other family policies could be updated to equalize the ‘family economics’ calculation for women entrepreneurs”. Specifically, the group notes, “We recognize that Canada and the… Continue reading New Report: Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Releases new Child Care Fee Study

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released Time Out: Child Care Fees in Canada 2017. This study, authored by David Macdonald and Martha Friendly, is the latest in a series of studies conducted annually since 2014 including The Parent Trap (2014), They Go Up So Fast (2015) and A Growing Concern (2016). It confirms… Continue reading Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Releases new Child Care Fee Study

Child Care Parent Fee Subsidies Explained

Child Care Parent Fee Subsidies Explained (and why they are not the solution to making child care affordable for all) Today, countries with the most successful child care systems fund services through operational (supply-side) funding. However, this funding model is relatively limited in Canada, outside of Quebec and, to some extent, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Prince… Continue reading Child Care Parent Fee Subsidies Explained

How are Early Learning and Child Care Services Funded in Canada Now?

In most of Canada, regulated or licensed child care is not directly “funded” by government.  This means that the costs of operating a child care program—staffing, facility costs, food, supplies and equipment—are financed mostly through parent fees. As a consequence, parent fees for regulated child care are very high, except in Quebec where parent fees are capped at a… Continue reading How are Early Learning and Child Care Services Funded in Canada Now?

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