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Invest in Saskatchewan Child Care

Dear Premier and Ministers,

The 2021 federal budget proposes to transfer $30 billion over the next five years to build a strong and responsive Canada-wide system of early learning and child care, working with the provinces and territories. We, the signatories of this open letter, urge you and your government to take advantage of this historic offer of federal funds to build a universally accessible system of early learning and child care in Saskatchewan that provides a comprehensive high quality inclusive services that all parents can afford.

Many children and families have been served well by Saskatchewan’s mix of child care programs, the vast majority of which operate on a not-for-profit basis. However, many other children and families have been left out because licensed programs remain in too short supply and the cost to parents is far too high, even for those who receive fee subsidies. 

The Saskatchewan government is being given the opportunity to use federal resources to  increase the number of regulated early learning child care spaces in our province and to address the long-standing problem of low compensation that has made recruitment and retention of early childhood educators so difficult. Further, the federal government is proposing to slash parent fees by 50 per cent over the next year, and bring down the daily rate to $10 a day within five years. This is our chance as a province to build a stronger made-in-Saskatchewan system of early learning and child care–one that is responsive to the needs and priorities of our province.  

We urge that in your negotiations with the federal government you consider the large body of evidence that exists in our province, Canada and around the world about the best way to make high quality early learning and child care available to all. We urge you to meet with and listen to parents, communities, child care advocates, and policy experts as you develop your response to the federal government’s offer of funds. 

Open Letter to Premier Moe and Ministers Carr, Duncan and Harrison

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