Canadian Child Care Federation Call for Nominations

    The Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) is pleased to invite CCCF members to submit an application for nomination for consideration to run for election for a three-year term on the Board of Directors, based on nominees meeting the following criteria:

    • Must be 18 years old
    • Must be a CCCF member in good standing
    • Must have demonstrated experience, leadership and active involvement in regional, provincial or national child care/early childhood organization(s)

    The Canadian Child Care Federation

    The CCCF is a national charitable/non-profit organization and is Canada’s largest member based early learning and child care organization. The CCCF is committed to excellence in early learning and child care.

    Working in partnership with our provincial and territorial affiliates, we are committed to:

    1. Improving the quality of early learning and child care services for Canadian families by implementing services and facilitating information for Canada’s child care sector
    2. Supporting the development and activities of Canada’s Provincial and Territorial child care associations
    3. Providing information and facilitating communication among members of Canada’s child care sector, government and others interested in supporting quality early learning and child care
    4. Develop models, standards and guidelines for quality early learning and care, professional development and organizational design

    The Board

    The CCCF Board meets regularly via webinar/conference call and at least once per year in-person, which may require travel. Terms are for a period of three years. The CCCF Board is responsible for the governance, strategic visioning, evaluation, and public relations of the organization.

     Application and Election Process

    Download and complete the CCCF Board Nomination Form.  Once completed, please submit via email to Don Giesbrecht, CCCF CEO, at by no later than Friday, July 27, 2018.

    Nominations to the CCCF board will be presented electronically to the CCCF membership for their consideration 30 days prior to the CCCF AGM, to be held on 12:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 27/18 and will be voted on by the CCCF membership at the AGM.


    Please contact Don Giesbrecht at 613-729-5289 ext 220 or by email at

    CCCF Board Nomination Form

    CCCF Board Nomination Form

    Early Childhood Education and Care 2016

    Martha Friendly’s Childcare Research and Resource Unit’s 11th edition (English only) of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Canada (2016). The data-based report includes a portrait of each province and territory’s ECEC programs and services, as well as pertinent demographic data and details related to child care, kindergarten and parental leave.

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    Canadian Child Care Federation Applauds Ontario’s Child Care Investment and Plan — Moving Ontario and Canada on the path toward a system of high quality, affordable early years and child care

    March 27, 2018

    Today’s announcement from Ontario to invest a new $2.2 billion to child care to help support the implementation of free child care for preschool children is a strong and progressive step for children and families in Canada. The provincial government is addressing quality like never before, including the commitment to create a transparent and competitive wage scale for early childhood educators and child care staff.

    Federal leadership over the last year to invest in child care and signing agreements with the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities has started the ball rolling. Together, the federal government’s funding commitments along with provincial and territorial investments and policy support will ensure that children benefit from high-quality programs delivered by a well-educated and well-compensated child care workforce, a key element of quality.

    “Across Canada, we are seeing the provinces and territories make new and enhanced investments in child care. This collective leadership helps to ensure high quality, affordable, inclusive and accessible child care for children and families”, said CCCF Chair, Marni Flaherty. “There continues to be much to do, but we are headed in the right direction.”

    Don Giesbrecht,
    CEO Canadian Child Care Federation
    613-729-5289 (220)

    CCCF Members

    CCCF Members:

    It has been brought to our attention that some child care providers and programs are being contacted and told that their program requires an inspection and that the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) has endorsed and/or asked that the inspection take place. The CCCF does not inspect, regulate or monitor compliance with child care regulations and licensing anywhere in Canada nor does it contract with anyone to do the same on its behalf.  Further, the CCCF has not authorized anyone to use any CCCF materials or resources for any form of licensing, regulation or compliance checklists.

    If contacted with a request for an inspection on behalf of the CCCF or referenced in any way to the CCCF, we ask that you disregard the request and contact the CCCF at or 1-800-858-1412.


    Don Giesbrecht

    Financing Funds Directly to Child Care Is Key to Gender Equality in Canada

    Today’s budget announcement by Finance Minister Morneau to add a new five-week, use-it-or-lose-it incentive for the second parent to take parental leave and share the responsibilities of raising their young child is good family policy for Canada but does little to help women enter the workforce and make having a family or life itself affordable. If the Trudeau Government truly wants to help the middle classes and women’s equality as its party line touts, then it must make higher direct investments to child care.

    Many Canadian studies and reports show that of any policy geared to help struggling families, investments for high-quality child care has the biggest economic payoff for parents and their children. Investment in child care pays for itself. It has compounding positive effects on women’s employment and pay. And it goes even further for low-income families.

    Research such as Pierre Fortin’s in Quebec, shows that funding child care directly will much better position women to participate fully in the work force and hence stimulate the economy.

    Canadian women and parents know too well how paying for child care for young children while they go to work is painfully expensive. A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on the rising cost of child care concludes that the typical family with young children spends about a third of its income on fees — this is about $21,096 a year on average in cities like Toronto — more than triple the average tuition cost to put an older child through university for one year.

    This budget announcement on parental leave is a well-intentioned effort toward closing the gap on gender equality but does not directly address the rapidly rising cost of child care and early education programs. And it does nothing for the quality and accessibility of child care at all. It is time for our government to invest adequately in child care and for Canada.

    Don Giesbrecht,
    CEO Canadian Child Care Federation
    613-729-5289 (220)

    Why can’t Canada keep up on child care? – CCCF in the Toronto Star

    It is time for our government to invest adequately in child care and for Canada to stop lagging behind among our international community of wealthy nations.

    Canadian Childcare Federation CEO Don Giesbrecht’s opinion piece in the Toronto Star

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    Affordable Child Care Better Positions Families to Participate in the Workforce and Stimulate Economy


    October 24, 2017

    Affordable Child Care Better Positions Families to Participate in the Workforce and Stimulate

    Financing Funds Directly to Child Care Will Do More for Parents’ Participation in the Workforce than a Boost to the Canada Child Benefit

    The Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) and its affiliates from across Canada have welcomed the recent leadership in starting to bring the multi-lateral framework to realization, placing early learning and child care rightfully back into the federal government’s policy and budgetary commitments.

    Today’s announcement by Finance Minister Morneau to increase the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is touted as a means to stimulate the economy through growth in labour-force participation due to the
    payments to parents, which, as quoted by Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, “encouraged stay-at-home parents to re-enter the workforce because the financial supports could help pay for child care.” However, if this government’s financial policy really seeks to encourage stay-at-home parents to re-enter the workforce, it must fund child care itself, making it accessible, of high quality and affordable to parents. As Pierre Fortin’s research has shown in Quebec, funds to child care directly will much better position Canadian families to participate fully in the work force and hence stimulate the economy.

    The CCCF expects federal leadership to create the necessary inter-related policies, programs and outcomes for children and families across Canada. Infrastructure support for national leadership and capacity building of the child care sector, long ignored, needs to be a part of the federal government’s
    financial commitments to child care in Canada.

    Establishing child care delivery priorities will ultimately create a comprehensive child care system
    rather than one-off solutions, for all Canadians.

    Media Contact:
    Don Giesbrecht,
    CEO Canadian Child Care Federation
    Ph: 613-729-5289 (220) or 204-223-9369

    October 24, 2017 Finance Minister Morneau’s Child Benefit Increase