The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care is founded on the following principles:
- All children have access to a public child care system, in which services are universal, public or non-profit, high quality, affordable, licensed and regulated, and reflect the varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds of Canadian families.
- Parents accessing child care services are welcomed as partners and play an active and significant role in all aspects of the child care program. Parents determine the nature and extent of their children’s participation.
- The governance and delivery of child care services is guided by a collaborative and democratic decision-making process.
- Child care services are public or non-profit operations that act in the best interests of children, families and staff.
- Child care employees receive salaries and benefits commensurate with the value of their work and educational qualifications.
- Services are provided to all free from bias and without regard to political or religious affiliation, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic or employment status.
The objectives of the Coalition are as follows:
- To promote the creation and implementation of a public child care system in which services are universal, public or non-profit, high quality, affordable, accessible, inclusive, licensed and regulated, and reflect the varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds of Canadian families;
- To promote more and better child care in Ontario;
- To increase public awareness of child care needs in Ontario;
- To prepare and present briefs and policy reports for presentation to government;
- To coordinate and support the activities of local advocates;
- To lobby elected representatives in government;
- To collaborate with provincial counterparts across Canada to advocate for a national child care strategy.