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Canada’s Children Need a Professional Early Childhood Education Workforce

Description: Canada's child care workforce needs a bill of rights embedded in pending federal legislation, says a new report released by the researchers at the University of Toronto. "In the race to lower parent fees and increase access, governments across Canada often overlook the people who provide the care. Yet the success of Canada's emerging early learning and child care system will depend on its workforce," says Dr. Emis Akbari, an author on the report. "The status of the early childhood education workforce, and the quality of programming where small children spend their days are interdependent," reads the report. "Just as children's environments can support or impede their learning, educators' work environments can promote or hinder educator practices." For a sector hit hard by COVID, losing up to 21 percent of its staff, backfilling vacant positions takes precedence alongside finding an additional 32,000 educators, plus the support staff needed to meet expansion goals. Yet efforts to attract and retain educators are proving ineffective. Across the care economy there is a reluctance to recognize that creating and maintaining a professional workforce requires a package of interventions to create inviting working conditions. These include wages and benefits reflecting the value of the work, resources and access to experts to do the job well, and opportunities for ongoing professional learning. "Few jurisdictions have adopted this comprehensive approach," says Dr. Emis Akbari, one of the report's authors. "Failure to do so will compromise the success of the emerging early learning and child care program." Source: Atkinson Centre View
Education

The Walrus Leadership Forum: Fuelling the She-covery

Description: What does a post-pandemic recovery for women look like? During the pandemic, women have been at a higher risk of personal and professional disruption–but strides have been made to encourage a she-covery. Through the passing of $10 a day childcare legislation, recovery plans to bring women back into the workforce, as well as significant changes in what workplaces will look like, what actions is Canada taking to ensure women emerge from this pandemic stronger than before? Watch speakers discuss the state of the she-covery, celebrate the political, economic, and social successes achieved by women, and delve into the work that is still left to be done. Source: The Walrus View
Advocacy

Atkinson Centre Policy Monitor

Description: The Atkinson Centre maintains a Policy Monitor which is a web-based collection of federal, provincial, and territorial early learning and child care developments. The Policy Monitor is updated as policy changes across Canada occur, and provides a historical snapshot of policy changes dating back to 2010. Source: Atkinson Centre View
Advocacy

Ten Reasons to Expand Public Kindergarten

Description: Most Canadian provinces and territories offer in school programming prior to kindergarten while universal preschool for four-year olds is offered in the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and Nova Scotia and is expanding in Quebec. This important paper highlights 10 key areas of research making the case for universal pre-kindergarten. Source: The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation View
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Early Years Study 4: Thriving Kids, Thriving Society

Description: Produced by the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, Early Years Study 4 calls on government partners to offer early education to all preschool-aged children across Canada. The report notes that a movement towards early childhood education for all will require increased investments and concerted attention to ensure equitable access and a qualified and resourced workforce. The payoffs are priceless and economists have found returns of up to $6 for every dollar spent in the sector. Source: The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation View
Reports

Early Childhood Education Report 2020

Description: The Early Childhood Education Report is released by the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development every three years and examines provincial and territorial early years services on a 15-point scale. Amongst other findings, the 2020 report analyzes a number of challenges facing the sector including unstable and inadequate funding, poor oversight, inequitable access, space shortages, unaffordable fees, gaps in services and transitions, and poor working conditions and remuneration for early childhood educators. Source: The Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development View
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Early Learning and Childcare as Key Economic Infrastructure

Description: In March 2021, Deloitte Canada released a new report that makes the case for early learning and childcare. The report finds that these investments could help put Canada on a higher trend economic growth path. In fact, a high-quality system that provides education using a curriculum-based program delivered by trained educators will have significant benefits for children, parents and Canada’s labour force alike. Source: Deloitte Canada View