Multi-Lateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement Long Overdue

     

     

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     Multi-Lateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement Long Overdue

    June 12, 2017

    OTTAWA — Today’s signing of the Multi-Lateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework in Ottawa is a long overdue step in supporting Canada’s children and families. The Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF), along with its provincial and territorial partners congratulate governments for taking this necessary step, but call for further agreements that articulate a fulsome vision, including a national early learning and child care workforce strategy, and further investments that address the comprehensive and holistic needs of children, families and child care services in Canada. Child care, not unlike public education and healthcare services needs to be rooted in equitable standards, availability, accessibility, affordability, inclusivity and high quality for all Canadian children and not just targeted populations.

    “Accessing quality child care is an issue that affects families of all types and across all socio-economic statuses. Federal funding, the multi-lateral framework and all further agreements need to build child care systems that consider all children, families and be very clear on what quality child care is”, said Don Giesbrecht, CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation.

    Abundant evidence, research and international experience have proven that a universal child care program exceeds in meeting the development goals for all children regardless of their family’s social or economic status. We would never think to offer elementary school or health care to only those in greater need. This is a public good for the well-being of all Canadians.

    Marni Flaherty, CCCF Chair adds, “This is an important step for children, but clearly more is needed. We look forward to learning more details via the bi-lateral agreements with the provinces and territories and remain, along with our national, Indigenous, provincial and territorial partners willing and able to provide expertise and direction to move Canada forward for children and families.”

    The CCCF expects the federal government to lead and communicate its long-term vision, details and goals for Canada’s child care sector, based on research, evidence and best practice.  High quality child care is essential to healthy child development, women’s equality, integration of newcomers, poverty reduction, and family support. Canadian families, no matter where they are, want and need child care.

    “We know what quality child care is and we know what is necessary to create high quality, affordable child care. Ensuring that Canadian families have a range of choices that meet their needs and that they are of the highest quality needs to be a priority for all levels of government”, said Sonya Hooper, Executive Director of CCCF affiliate the Early Childhood Development Association of PEI.

    Media Contacts:

    Don Giesbrecht, CEO  CCCF (613) 729-5289 ext 220 or (204) 223-9369

    Marni Flaherty, Chair CCCF (905) 906-0030

    The Canadian Child Care Federation is Canada’s largest member based child care organization and is committed to best practice in early learning and child care. Our organization is about the value of children. We value children.

    In order to protect and enhance our children, to promote their safety and their healthy growth and development, we are committed to providing Canadians with the very best in early learning and child care knowledge and best practices. Our tools are research and knowledge dissemination, the creation and nurturing of active networks.

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    The Canadian Child Care Federation is Proud to Announce Roni Cahen from Vancouver, BC as the 2017 Recipient of the CCCF Award of Excellence

     

     

     

     

    About the award recipient: Now retired, Roni Cahen generously spends her retirement years mentoring Early Childhood Educators and being “on the floor” with infants and toddlers, continuing to learn from them. Her strong vision for responsive, collaborative and inquiry-based learning has fueled many passions and modelled passionate and critical ways of educating young children.

    Roni was—and continues to be—an early childhood educator who works tirelessly to improve child care in British Columbia. She has been instructing early childhood education in college level programs for more than 30 years and while her accomplishments are many, one that particularly stands out is the design of a process to implement inquiry, taking small steps, inviting children’s collaborative meaning making, repeating experiences with minor changes as pertinent, revisiting work to engage children in discussion and to set an expectation of collective inquiry.

    She continues to volunteer as a mentor to educators at the SFU Child Care Society, where she guides educators to implement reflective practices as teacher researchers.

    Passion for early childhood education drives her commitment and her work. She voraciously reads research in ECE and strives to implement it in her practice. The sources of learning for Roni are many. She travels, watch movies, and she appreciates cultural events. This enriches her vast experience teaching and intellectually growing. When a new book in ECE studies is published, it is certain that Roni has already purchased a copy to feed her desire to grow and learn.

    Roni attended University of California in Berkeley, later taking early childhood courses in New Jersey and completing those initial studies at Vancouver Community College. She received her MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in 1996, She worked with children for five years in New Jersey and twenty years in the Lower Mainland and was a teacher in Richmond, BC at a Parent Participation Preschool for eighteen years. It was during that time that she began teaching various Early Childhood Education courses for Richmond, Delta, North Shore and Burnaby. She continues to be an instructor in the Burnaby Community and Continuing Education ECE Program, but at this point in her life focuses on teaching curriculum courses that reflect Reggio-inspired practice.

    The Nominees: The CCCF would also like to recognize all of the nominees for the CCCF Award of Excellence 2017. Each one has contributed significantly to early childhood learning and care in Canada and are worthy of recognition. They are:

    • Marilyn Armstrong and Gina Blank from St. Albert, AB and Edmonton, AB
    • Liz Bruce from Oakbank, MB
    • Deepika (Dee) Bakshi from Calgary, AB
    • Carmelita “Carmen” Tilley from Fort McMurray, AB
    • Barbara Wolff from Edmonton, AB
    • Anick Lia-Pehe from Winnipeg, MB

    The Canadian Child Care Federation’s Award for Excellence in Child Care honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of child care and is presented biennially.

    It recognizes accomplishments in all areas of child care, including those who work directly with children. Nominees have given their time, talent and energy to enhance child care in Canada and have:

    • contributed to a higher quality of child care, locally, provincially or nationally
    • advocated on behalf of children, families or caregivers
    • made a recognized contribution to the profession
    • assumed a high level of responsibility
    • demonstrated commitment and creativity

    The CCCF would also like to thank all of the individuals who took the time to nominate all of these outstanding candidates as well as the Awards Selection Committee, chaired by Marni Flaherty from Hamilton, ON and comprised of committee members Jean Robinson from Lincoln, NB, Cathy Ramos from Halifax, NS, Ruth Houston from Toronto, ON, Jadranka Pocrnic from Saskatoon, SK, MaryAnn Farebrother from Calgary, AB and Carla Hees from Vancouver, BC.

    Multi-year Funding for Child Care in Budget Welcomed — Further Investments Are Needed to Meet the Ongoing Needs of Canadian Families

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Multi-year Funding for Child Care in Budget Welcomed — Further Investments Are Needed to Meet the Ongoing Needs of Canadian Families

    March 22, 2017

    OTTAWA — Today’s federal budget included $7 billion in a 10-year funding commitment to support child care across Canada starting in fiscal 2017-2018. After years of federal funding exclusion, the long-term funding is welcomed as is the recognition that access to affordable, quality child care is essential for families.

    “The multi-year funding commitment is most certainly a good start, investing in children and their care,” said Don Giesbrecht, CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) “Ideally, we would like to see more funds in the first years of the funding commitment, as the need for affordable, accessible, inclusive and high quality child care is pressing for families.”

    The collaboration and negotiations among the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities and the federal government to ensure that as a nation we are all moving forward and building better child care is essential. It is critical to collectively address the issues of affordability, accessibility, inclusivity and high quality care that will benefit children. Access to affordable, quality child care supports families, increases mother’s labour market participation and supports the economy. Canada has long lagged behind the OECD’s recommended public investments in early childhood of 1% of GDP, which would put Canada on par with countries with fully developed systems of early childhood education and care.

    Marni Flaherty, CCCF Chair added, “We are pleased that Canada’s federal government has taken this significant first step in committing to a multi-year funding plan. Moving forward, creating fundamental changes in how Canada supports the middle class—and all families—in accessing high quality and affordable child care will require increased funding, planning and coordination.”

    The CCCF urges the federal government to work with the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities and with the child care sector over the next year to develop a robust long-term funding plan for child care in advance of the next federal budget.
    Media Contacts:

    Don Giesbrecht, CEO CCCF (613) 729-5289 ext 220 or (204) 223-9369
    Marni Flaherty, Chair CCCF (905) 906-0030

    The Canadian Child Care Federation is Canada’s largest member based child care organization and is committed to best practice in early learning and child care. Our organization is about the value of children. We value children.
    In order to protect and enhance our children, to promote their safety and their healthy growth and development, we are committed to providing Canadians with the very best in early learning and child care knowledge and best practices. Our tools are research and knowledge dissemination, the creation and nurturing of active networks.

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    An Early Learning and Child Care Framework for Canada’s Children: #TogetherWeCan

    #TogetherWeCan build a high quality, affordable, accessible and inclusive child care system for  Canadian families. What do you need to know and what can you do to make sure that it is evidence based, built on the real needs of families and has best practice at it’s core? Download and share the CCCF’s An Early Learning and Child Care Framework for Canada’s Children: #TogetherWeCan document and learn more.

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    We Value Children Posters/Social Media

    We Value Children Posters/Social Media

    Download, print, display and share your support for affordable, accessible and high quality child care for Canadian children and families with the following three posters from the CCCF and its affiliates from across Canada.

     

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    Shared framework for building an early childhood education and care (ECEC) system for all

    This document is addressed to all levels of governments across Canada. It references a shared vision anchored in an evidence-based framework for federal, provincial and territorial governments to use in the building of equitable early childhood education and care (ECEC) for all.

    Shared framework for building an early childhood education and care system for all

    Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission FINAL REPORT

    The Province of Manitoba is taking the next steps in creating a universally accessible child-care system for Manitoba families that will include lower fees, 12,000 more spaces, increased training and better wages for early childhood educators.

    Read the full commission report: http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/childcare_news/pubs/final_report.pdf

     

     

    They Go Up So Fast: 2015 Child Care Fees in Canadian Cities

    From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

    The study reveals the most and least expensive cities for child care in Canada. It examines median unsubsidized child care fees in Canada’s biggest 27 cities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as the different subsidization regimes that reduce costs for low-income families. It finds Canada’s child care systems can vary dramatically from province to province and city to city, but two things hold true in nearly all places: child care is expensive and regulated spaces are hard to find. – See more at: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/they-go-so-fast#sthash.ezDEqxHh.dpuf

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