The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) and Campaign 2000 have sent an open letter to the leaders of Canada's political parties.
"This week marks the 4th anniversary of the introduction of the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), a $100/monthly payment for children under six ... To date, between $7 and $8 billion in public dollars has been spent on this program and there is little to show for it."
CCAAC and Campaign 2000 are urging the parties to fund a national early childhood education and child care program in Budget 2010 and beyond.
For Immediate Release: New Democrats respond to open letter from childcare advocates
New Democrat MP, Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) says that they remain "steadfast in their belief that quality early learning is one of the most significant factors in positive long-term child development."
"I join the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada in calling for a commitment from the government and other opposition parties, " says Chow.
For Liberal Leader's Response to Our Open Letter on UCCB:
A Letter from Michael Ignatieff to CCAAC and Campaign 2000
To read the repsonse in English, click here.