Ontario leads in child-care growth
May 10, 2018
Expansion of child care in Ontario created 48% of the new spaces in Canada, according to Martha Friendly from the Toronto based Childcare Resource and Research Unit which has been tracking national trends since 1992. Ontario's successful growth reflects the importance of increased public funding and dedicated policy. However, median parent fees are rising faster than inflation in most Canadian cities outside Quebec with Toronto at $1,212 per month for a preschooler. The 2017 federal budget promised a national data strategy which should include information about who is using child care and the quality of services. Toronto Star May 10th, 2018 - https://bit.ly/2Ipw0f7

Universal Child Care IS Possible
May 03, 2018
May 3rd, 2018 - StarMetro Toronto published this Op Ed by Laurel Rothman and Lyndsay Macdonald who are sending a powerful message: Universal Child Care IS Possible!   https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/childcareon/pages/29/attachments/original/1525372380/2018_109_PepperMedia_StarMetroFeature_v2_6_%282%29.pdf?1525372380

Gordon Cleveland weighs in on afforable child care
May 02, 2018
April 24, 2018 - The Star - 80% of families cannot afford licensed child care. Gordon Cleveland's OP ED discusses the best approach for making child care more affordable in Ontario.   https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/04/24/doug-ford-what-is-your-child-care-plan.html

Why affordable child care is essential to keeping women in tech
May 01, 2018
April 26, 2018 - Globe and Mail - Optimism strikes in Ontario for women in the work force as the Canadian government advocates for more women in STEM and suggests an interest for a solution to inequality to support a growing job sector. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-why-affordable-child-care-is-essential-to-keeping-women-in-tech/

Ontario PC party offering child care tax rebate
May 01, 2018
April 28, 2018 - Global News Ontario Progressive Conservative party pledges $6,750 in child care tax rebate for low-income families, estimated to cost the government $389 million annually.  https://globalnews.ca/news/4174635/doug-ford-announces-tax-rebate-child-care-ontario/

Duelling Child Care Plans
May 01, 2018
April 22, 2018 - The Star reports that Ontario NDP and Liberals prioritize child care in their June 7th election platforms. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/22/duelling-daycare-plans-pit-liberals-against-ndp-in-battle-for-parent-votes.htmlThe Star- Duelling Child Care Plans

Bank of Canada head underlines potential of Quebec child care for entire country
March 14, 2018
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz discusses how the Quebec child care program could make a real difference in getting women into the workforce across Canada. http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1552693-bank-of-canada-head-underlines-potential-of-quebec-child-care-for-entire-country

Ottawa should go ahead with use-it-or-lose-it paternity leave
February 06, 2018
An opinion editorial exploring Quebec's paid paternity program and urging the Federal government to enact a similar paid paternity program nation wide. (Sunday January 28, 2018) https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2018/01/28/ottawa-should-go-ahead-with-use-it-or-lose-it-paternity-leave.html

It’s time for Toronto to keep its promise
January 24, 2018
With large wait lists for quality child care spaces and fee subsidies parents and advocates are calling on Toronto to keep its promise to contribute 20 percent. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/01/22/toronto-urged-to-step-up-for-child-care-in-2018-budget.html

TDSB to consider extended-day programs for kids 4 to 12 starting this fall
January 17, 2018
The Toronto District School Board are considering extended day programs that would be located within all of their schools that are not currently affiliated with child care programs located within their buildings. It would be staffed by full-time early-childhood educators employed by the school board, offered in classrooms from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and available for children between the ages of 4 and 12. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/01/16/tsbd-to-consider-extended-day-programs-for-kids-4-to-12-starting-this-fall.html

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