New Report on Early Childhood Education and Care Shows Disturbing National Trends, October 2003Monday, July 26 2010
New Report on Early Childhood Education and Care Shows Disturbing National Trends
A new report on early childhood education and care highlights a disturbing trend nationally: since 2001, the number of regulated child care spaces in Canada has dropped by about 2%, despite an increase in federal funding to the provinces and territories. Funding cuts in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. account in large part for this deterioration in services.
Some progress has been made in most regions, but without a national child care strategy, serious disparities exist. In New Brunswick, public expenditures on regulated child care increased by 12% between 2001 and 2003 (from $11,823,000 to $13,223,000) and the number of regulated spaces grew by about 7% (11,068 to 11,898). The availability and flexibility of services is still generally inadequate and child care workers' wages remain much closer to the minimum wage than to the average industrial wage. The report concludes that Canada desperately needs a national child care strategy.
Diversity or Disparity? - Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada,
Oct. 2003, http://www.campaign2000.ca/ci/rep03/CIreport03.pdf