At the annual general meeting in Quebec City, Early Learning and Child Care became one of CFUW’s national priorities. Canada has no national child care policy despite many promises to create one, beginning with the Commission on the Status of Women in 1968. In Canada, there is a dichotomy between those who advocate for early learning and those who see childcare as a priority. Early childhood is a time of remarkable brain growth so it can be argued that quality child care is early learning. UNESCO recognizes this and combines the two areas of Early Learning and Childcare and advocates for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programs that attend to health, nutrition, security and learning: children’s holistic development
We have a ways to go before Early Learning and Child Care is a priority for all clubs but some initiatives are happening. In February, CFUW Guelph hosted a Community Child Care Forum featuring among others, Martha Friendly, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Research Unit, an early childhood education and child care policy research institute.
Advocates promote child care as a public good and important for the economy. There is much in the media and on social networks that is worth sharing. An interesting You Tube features Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist at TD Bank. https://youtu.be/B8-iQN1wSgg
During the 2015 election, Early Learning and Childcare was on the agenda of all the major parties. Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Party promised to develop a National Early Learning and Child Care Framework to deliver affordable, high-quality, flexible child care for Canadians within the first 100 days in office.
Now, post-election, is the time to make sure that accessible and affordable early learning and childcare is available for all of our youngest Canadians!
Read CFUW’s letter of support for Private Member’s Bill C-243, An Act to Amend the Employment Insurance Act, which would allow women in non-traditional labour to take maternity leave ahead of their due date.
Read the Press Release from MP Gerretsen’s office regarding our endorsement.
Check out the videos from this event on our YouTube channel here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1t_06P1IlNjxkExDamY46w?app=desktop
Check out the PowerPoint presentation on Early Childhood Education in Ontario from University of Toronto OISE click here
Check out the Early Childhood Care Education resource list click here
See the letter from CFUW National President Doris Mae Oulton in support of increased attention to, and increased investments in, early childhood development, click here