Together for early learning

The federal government’s historic $30 billion investment in early learning and child care is a once in a generation opportunity for Canadian families.

Now, more than ever, we must work together to make ECE happen in provinces and territories across Canada.

For kids, parents and Canada

ECE Matters

Beyond custodial care, early childhood education (ECE) offers a space where children learn essential language, social, physical, emotional, and thinking skills. ECE engages young minds in learning experiences.

Although daycare alone allows parents to work and keeps children safe, children and families are better served if ECE is the foundation of Canada’s early learning and child care strategy.

ECE is a first tier of education that is as important as those that follow. The first 2,000 days of a child’s brain development sets the foundation for learning and well-being that lasts a lifetime.

Yet today, only one in two Canadian children aged five and younger regularly attends an ECE program, putting Canada substantially below the OECD average.

Visit Early Years Study to learn more.

 

Building Into Public Education

The Federal Government’s $30 billion commitment goes beyond providing basic daycare. It promises that children will have access to high-quality, universal and publicly-funded early learning and child care.

As governments continue to consult and develop a system that works best for parents and children, we must see this as an educational opportunity, and not just daycare that takes care of kids so parents can work.

Provincial and territorial public education systems provide the sturdy public infrastructure needed to grow universal early learning and child care systems to offer ECE to all children.

Public education is a right for all children, with numerous benefits:

  • Schools are public places that exist in every community;
  • Schools can and do offer extended day programs to accommodate parents work;
  • Schools provide professional work environments that attract qualified educators.

 

Impact for Canada

Early childhood education is the smartest investment Canada can make.

The cost of a universal system is big, but so are the payoffs. Economists estimate that every $1 of public money spent on ECE yields a $6 return over the lifetime of a child through increased labour force participation and better educational outcomes.

Early learning and child care enables parents, particularly mothers, to enter or re-enter the workforce. When parents have good, well-paying and stable jobs, they are more likely to contribute to the economy and pay taxes while also reducing their dependence on social benefit programs funded by the government.

The longer-term return on investment comes from better academic outcomes, improved mental and physical health and increased future workforce productivity that happen when early learning and child care offer quality ECE.

The benefits of ECE for children’s well-being, the economy, and the future of Canadian society are endless!

 

Beyond custodial care, early childhood education (ECE) offers a space where children learn essential language, social, physical, emotional, and thinking skills. ECE engages young minds in learning experiences.

Although daycare alone allows parents to work and keeps children safe, children and families are better served if ECE is the foundation of Canada’s early learning and child care strategy.

ECE is a first tier of education that is as important as those that follow. The first 2,000 days of a child’s brain development sets the foundation for learning and well-being that lasts a lifetime.

Yet today, only one in two Canadian children aged five and younger regularly attends an ECE program, putting Canada substantially below the OECD average.

Visit Early Years Study to learn more.

 

The Federal Government’s $30 billion commitment goes beyond providing basic daycare. It promises that children will have access to high-quality, universal and publicly-funded early learning and child care.

As governments continue to consult and develop a system that works best for parents and children, we must see this as an educational opportunity, and not just daycare that takes care of kids so parents can work.

Provincial and territorial public education systems provide the sturdy public infrastructure needed to grow universal early learning and child care systems to offer ECE to all children.

Public education is a right for all children, with numerous benefits:

  • Schools are public places that exist in every community;
  • Schools can and do offer extended day programs to accommodate parents work;
  • Schools provide professional work environments that attract qualified educators.

 

Early childhood education is the smartest investment Canada can make.

The cost of a universal system is big, but so are the payoffs. Economists estimate that every $1 of public money spent on ECE yields a $6 return over the lifetime of a child through increased labour force participation and better educational outcomes.

Early learning and child care enables parents, particularly mothers, to enter or re-enter the workforce. When parents have good, well-paying and stable jobs, they are more likely to contribute to the economy and pay taxes while also reducing their dependence on social benefit programs funded by the government.

The longer-term return on investment comes from better academic outcomes, improved mental and physical health and increased future workforce productivity that happen when early learning and child care offer quality ECE.

The benefits of ECE for children’s well-being, the economy, and the future of Canadian society are endless!

 

We all have a part to play

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The impact of a Canada-wide early learning and child care system will be felt across the country.

For children, it will mean improved outcomes and fewer economic and racial barriers later in life. ECE will help build a fairer and more equitable society.

Quality early learning opportunities launch preschool children on positive learning pathways while also narrowing achievement gaps that emerge before children start school.

Studies consistently show that accessing quality ECE improves children’s language, literacy / numeracy and behaviour, reduces special education needs, and enhances high school completion.

As part of its 2021 Federal Budget, the Canadian government committed to build a universal high-quality, affordable and accessible early learning and child care system across Canada.

This investment will:

  • support improvements and the expansion of non-profit and public early childhood education;
  • increase compensation and professional learning opportunities within the early years’ workforce;
  • reduce fees to an average of $10 per day in 5 years outside of Quebec

Make no mistake, this once-in-a-generation investment will make a very real and measurable difference in the lives of Canadian families. Increased funding for Canada-wide early learning and child care, with a focus on quality, will help us build back stronger while giving Canada’s children the best possible early learning opportunities.

 

Canada’s provinces and territories oversee their respective early childhood education programs, including regulated child care and school-based Kindergarten and PreKindergarten.

With a major federal investment now in play, it’s time for Canada’s provincial and territorial governments to step forward with their plans to expand ECE to more children and families and build a strong system of high-quality early learning and child care in Canada

We know that a lack of access to child care can keep parents out of work. With ECE, parents can confidently re-enter the workforce, contribute to the economy and reduce their dependence on social benefit programs funded by the government.

And the spinoffs are endless! Businesses will flourish with parents re-entering the workforce. They will also benefit from having more highly-skilled employees and a stronger economy. At the same time, our communities will be happier, healthier and more prepared for the future.

Creating a Canada-wide early learning and care system will require new capacity to ensure families can access ECE. This means professional work environments and career paths for qualified early childhood educators, including increased compensation.

Jim Stanford, Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, affirms that an early learning and child care program would create tens of thousands of jobs.

Have Your Say

The impact of a Canada-wide early learning and child care system will be felt across the country.

For children, it will mean improved outcomes and fewer economic and racial barriers later in life. ECE will help build a fairer and more equitable society.

Quality early learning opportunities launch preschool children on positive learning pathways while also narrowing achievement gaps that emerge before children start school.

Studies consistently show that accessing quality ECE improves children’s language, literacy / numeracy and behaviour, reduces special education needs, and enhances high school completion.

As part of its 2021 Federal Budget, the Canadian government committed to build a universal high-quality, affordable and accessible early learning and child care system across Canada.

This investment will:

  • support improvements and the expansion of non-profit and public early childhood education;
  • increase compensation and professional learning opportunities within the early years’ workforce;
  • reduce fees to an average of $10 per day in 5 years outside of Quebec

Make no mistake, this once-in-a-generation investment will make a very real and measurable difference in the lives of Canadian families. Increased funding for Canada-wide early learning and child care, with a focus on quality, will help us build back stronger while giving Canada’s children the best possible early learning opportunities.

 

Canada’s provinces and territories oversee their respective early childhood education programs, including regulated child care and school-based Kindergarten and PreKindergarten.

With a major federal investment now in play, it’s time for Canada’s provincial and territorial governments to step forward with their plans to expand ECE to more children and families and build a strong system of high-quality early learning and child care in Canada

We know that a lack of access to child care can keep parents out of work. With ECE, parents can confidently re-enter the workforce, contribute to the economy and reduce their dependence on social benefit programs funded by the government.

And the spinoffs are endless! Businesses will flourish with parents re-entering the workforce. They will also benefit from having more highly-skilled employees and a stronger economy. At the same time, our communities will be happier, healthier and more prepared for the future.

Creating a Canada-wide early learning and care system will require new capacity to ensure families can access ECE. This means professional work environments and career paths for qualified early childhood educators, including increased compensation.

Jim Stanford, Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, affirms that an early learning and child care program would create tens of thousands of jobs.

Have your say

Ensuring every Canadian child has a good start will take every one of us. Let us know what universal access to early childhood education means to you.





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    “Greater access to ECE programs will have a significant impact on education outcomes for students living in poverty, by providing them with opportunities to build essential learning skills in areas such as relationship building, self-awareness, problem solving, and resilience. That’s why People for Education is proud to support #ECEforCanada.”

    Annie Kidder, Executive Director, People for Education

    "The business case for implementing a publicly funded, universally available, Early Childhood Education program is as clear as any case could be - for children learning benefits that last a lifetime; for parents, especially mothers, increased employment opportunities; for the country a stronger economic performance. As we come out of Covid, we have the opportunity to take some bold steps, implementing ECE is one we should not miss."

    Joanne de Laurentiis, Senior Fellow, CD Howe

    "#ECEforCanada means that we are setting all our children up for success by giving them all equal opportunities to attend and receive the quality care and education they all deserve."

    - Leigh

    "In the long road towards a universal child care system in Canada there have been moments where success is within reach. 2021 is this time. With the federal government recognizing the centrality of their role in supporting the provinces/territories in solidifying and professionalizing the ECE sector Canadian families are on the cusp of a universal ECE initiative that balances access with quality. The economic, social and human development outcomes will reverberate across our country for years, bringing Canada to par with our peers in OECD countries."

    David Philpott, Retired faculty, Faculty of Education, Memorial University

    "#ECEforCanada means having the opportunity to have access to care and growth for our child, a sense of peace in knowing that our children are in good hands."

    - Emily

    “I have been working with children, individuals and families for fifty years. National investment in Early Childhood Education is critical for the health and wellness of our communities for generations to come, which is why I support the call for #ECEforCanada."

    Carol Cowan, Registered Psychotherapist

    "#ECEforCanada means that we as a country are identifying early childhood education as an integral part of supporting our future generations. It means that we value and understand the role that early childhood education plays in setting children up for academic success. It means that early childhood education will finally be recognized as a valuable and much needed profession in our society."

    - Jenn

    "At the George Hull Centre for Children and Families, we see firsthand the difference that quality early childhood education programs make for the wellbeing of the youngest members of our community and for the wellbeing of their families too. Children who participate in early childhood education programs enter school more ready to learn and have developed more of the skills they need to be successful. Universal access to early childhood education supports learning, healthy development and positive mental health; something all of our young children should have the right to. We support the development of a national plan for an Early Learning and Child Care system that is publicly funded and universally accessible.”

    Kim Curran, MSW, RSW Director, Prevention and Early Intervention Services, The George Hull Centre for Children and Families"

    "#ECEforCanada means that all children have the right to an early start and to learn while their brain is in a rapid development stage."

    - Sue

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