Since the election of the Ford government in June 2018, child care advocates have campaigned hard to protect the funding and policy gains that we worked for years to secure for children, families and educators. While we have faced setbacks, we have also had hard-won victories.These victories show just how effective our coalition can be when we work together on a common goal. We have momentum, but our work is far from over! It’s time to double down on campaigning.
In 2020, child care is facing over $48 million in funding cuts. The provincial government is also reviewing the Child Care and Early Years Act and regulations. We must demand that cuts are reversed and that quality standards are maintained and improved.
This tool kit will provide you with the resources that you need to take the lead in your community. Our campaign is not about having a one-off meeting with an MPP, but rather becoming the MPP’s link to the child care community, a resource person that they can come to when they have questions, and a trusted local constituent who can bring important issues facing our sector to the MPP’s attention. We also suggest community engagement strategies to begin to change the conversation about early learning and child care and to make it an important local issue.