Ontario-wide Day of Action on Child Care on January 28, 2005Monday, July 26 2010
JANUARY 28, 2005 Bring the building blocks for child care
Participate in Ontario-wide day of action!
Bring the building blocks for child care to your MP and MPP - Friday, January 28, 2005 On Friday January 28th, 2005 child care programs, parents and other concerned groups and individuals across Ontario are taking their building blocks for child care to their MP and MPP offices and make sure your program and community is involved too.
Why Friday January 28th? This is the last Friday before MPs return to parliament in Ottawa, and of course, Fridays are constituency days for all MPs and MPPs and therefore one of our favourite ways of reaching out to them and making sure they know just how important child care is to their communities. It is also just days before our federal, provincial and territorial ministers for child care meet to design an agreement on a national child care system - they have to know how to get it right! And you - the natural experts on child care - are the ones to tell them!!
What are the Building Blocks?
On February 11th and 12th, 2005, federal, provincial and territorial ministers will meet to forge a deal for a national child care system. Parents and child care communities from coast to coast to coast urge our governments to get the building blocks of the new system right from the start:
- A publicly funded, sustainable system for quality child care parents can count on and afford. Government provides most of the funding directly to programs, giving them a stable operating base. In Quebec, for example, parents pay a maximum $7 a day and government pays the rest.
- A Child Care Act that guarantees standards and the principles of quality, universality, accessibility, developmental programming and inclusiveness.
- Public accountability tied to provincial and territorial five-year plans that contain goals, timelines and targets, and a way to measure real progress in developing comprehensive family- and centre-based child care services.
Money for children, so that in the future every public dollar goes directly into services. Services should be expanded in the non-profit sector, with a transition plan developed for existing commercial centres.These building blocks are tested and solid. They come out of 30 years of collective experience, research and practice in early learning and care in Quebec, Canada and around the world. We continue to respect Quebec's right to develop its own program.
Ken Dryden, the federal minister responsible for child care, and Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Children and Youth Services in Ontario, need to know that Canadians want an early learning and care system based on this strong foundation.
What you can do on Friday, January 28:
Get your child care program or other community group involved. Collect building blocks and notes from parents and centre staff. You can use the blocks (beautifully designed by parents in Guelph and print or copy them on coloured paper!). Get the children to draw blocks of their own. Bring all this together and have a delegation from your program or group take everything in two big batches to your MP and MPP offices! Let your local media know what you are up to - we can help (see below). Here's what else you can do:
Mail one building block to Ken Dryden, M.P., Minister of Social Development, and another to Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Children and Youth Services. Here are the addresses to use. Note that regular-sized letters to federal MPs are postage-free.
Ken Dryden, M.P., Minister of Social Development
House of Commons, Parliament Buildings,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Children and Youth Services,
56 Wellesley Street West, 14th Floor,
Toronto, ON M5S 2S3 Get your friends, colleagues and neighbours to send blocks too.
For added effect, include a note for each minister on the essential building blocks for child care. Tell the ministers you expect them to bring the blocks to their February meeting, and build a pan-Canadian child care system!
How the OCBCC will help you:
First of all, we can help you find you MP and MPP offices by sending you to the following 2 websites:
For your MP - www.parl.gc.ca/common/index.asp?Language=E
For your MPP - www.electionsontario.on.ca
and by being here at email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about contacting your elected representatives.
We also have a handy lobby kit with speaking notes and other general tips: go to www.childcareontario.org to download it.
On the actual day - January 28 - we will be doing central media work to support your efforts, and sending our own letter to Ministers Dryden and Bountrogianni. If you'd like help with local media work, just email or call us and we'd be more than happy to work with you. We'll be sending a template media release to members a few days before for you to use locally as well.