Through Ontario's child care consultations, we have seen a newfound unity about three critical priorities to build a better early years and child care system: an affordable fee scale; decent work for educators; and limiting for-profit child care.
The Ontario government has promised that their commitment of 100,000 new child care spaces will usher in a "transformative", "groundbreaking" and "visionary" new approach to early learning and child care. We need to hold them to this promise. Our community cannot settle for the status quo. Adding spaces alone, even 100,000 new spaces, does not in itself achieve system change. It merely replicates our current patchwork on a larger scale.
- Read the OCBCC's submission to the Ontario government's consultation.
We need the Ontario government to ensure that our three ideas - an affordable fee scale, decent work for educators, and limiting for-profit child care - form the foundation of a new early years and child care system. With the province's renewed child care framework set to be announced in Spring 2017, there is an urgent need to ensure that our elected officials hear that our community has the solutions to Ontario's child care crisis.
Raise your voice!
- Use our letter template to tell your MPP that you support the OCBCC's call for an affordable fee scale, decent work for educators and limiting for-profit child care. Find your MPP's contact information.
- Post our shareable images (below) on social media to let people know that you support the consensus on the three ideas to build a better future for child care. You can tweet at the Minister for Early Years and Child Care at @MPPIndiraNH.