The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada Calls on Advocates from Every Region to Come Together for Child Care Now!Monday, July 26 2010
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada Calls on Advocates from Every Region to Come Together for Child Care Now!
Over the coming year, we will be guiding a process of child care consultations across Canada using our discussion paper, "Seeing and Solving the Child Care Crisis: Options for Progress". We want to collectively develop a strategy that ensures every child in Canada has access to high quality, publicly funded child care.
We need your input and ideas, so please get involved.
"Options for Progress" looks at eight policy lessons that came out of an OECD four-year study of early learning and child care services in 12 countries. The discussion paper outlines options for child care policy and poses challenging questions to address policy gaps and identify priorities.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Attend one of our regional consultations where the paper's analysis, policy and strategy options will be considered in a group setting.
- Talk about the paper with your friends and colleagues, and send your input to Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, 323 Chapel St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7Z2; (613) 594-9375 [fax].
- You can also provide individual feedback through our web site - www.childcareadvocacy.ca, where the paper will be posted and a feedback form available for electronic responses.
The paper will also be distributed widely through regular mail and be available at conferences, workshops and other events.
We want your help to find workable answers to big questions. What would a pan-Canadian policy framework contain? How would it promote quality, inclusion and respect for diversity? What would it cost? How could it be made accountable? How could it be regionally sensitive yet ensure every child has equal access? The answers to these questions and more will form the basis of a comprehensive child care strategy paper.
Our goal is to develop a 10- to 15-year plan for putting in place a system of early learning and child care that:
- Gives all children a good start in life, regardless of their parents' workforce participation or socio-economic status.
- Helps parents, especially mothers, balance their work and family responsibilities.
We want to produce a practical road map that will enable us to build public support and spark long-needed government action. Working together, we can develop a solid plan for child care and show governments that it can be done.
Our goal is to have a final strategy paper by Spring 2004. Regional consultations will begin in January 2004, with a deadline for initial feedback by the end of March.
Full report available for download in pdf
Invitation available for download in pdf
Note: The discussion paper in French is forthcoming.
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Tel (613) 594-3196