Three big ideas to transform child care

Apr 20, 2018

Ontario's child care community, parents and educators are united about three critical priorities to build a better early years and child care system: low fees or no fees for families; decent work and pay for educators; and expanding public and non-profit child care.

In 2017, the Ontario government 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 the new government to this promise. Our community cannot settle for the status quo. 

We need the Ontario government to ensure that our three big ideas - low fees or no fees for all families, decent work and pay for educators, and expansion only in public and non-profit child care - form the foundation of a new early years and child care system. With the new Progressive Conservative provincial government, it's more important than ever that our elected officials here that our community has the solutions to the child care crisis.

Raise your voice!

  • Use our letter template to tell your MPP that you support the OCBCC's call for an affordable fees, decent work, 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 of Education @LisaThompsonMPP .

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commented 2018-09-17 16:36:02 -0400 · Flag
As a response to Anna Armstrong, my understanding, based on the research I have read (e.g., Goelman et al., 2006; White & Friendly, 2012), is that research considering auspice has consistently found higher levels of quality in non-profit organizations as compared to for profit organizations. This finding has come up repeatedly in large scale studies across the U.S. and Canada. While the arguments Anna made may have some logical merit, they are not supported by quality comparison studies.
commented 2018-08-20 13:11:53 -0400 · Flag
All licensed childcare centres as I understand it, are mandated by the Ontario ministry of education and must follow the same rules and regulations. Therefore, for profit, non-profit and public care should be consistent in quality of care. The fact that for profit centres don’t count on a handout from the government does not make them less qualified, safe, professional or more expensive. As a matter of fact, giving high quality service is important as funding is only from the responsible management of the for-profit centre’s coffers and not dictated by boards of directors and ministries that may or may not understand the day to day operations of a viable business and its sustainability. Anna Armstrong- Childcare Centre Director
commented 2017-03-08 16:26:09 -0500 · Flag
Curious to know where quality home child care fits into these recommendations?