Public spending on licensed child care remains grossly inadequate, and so is the supply of space. The status quo is bad for families, bad for children, and bad for the economy. It’s important that policy-makers, at every level of government, take note and make changes. Space in licensed daycare centres is available for just 22.5 per cent of Canadian children, from birth to age 5. Many struggle with child-care expenses that are a heavier burden than university costs, according to the report. Government refusal to adequately fund this sector isn’t just a slap to families; it also hurts for child care workers. Now, more than ever, Canada needs a national child-care plan.