How should Early Learning and Child Care be Funded in Canada?

As the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has observed: “Significant public funding is necessary to support sustainable and equitable early childhood education. Without this, a shortage of good quality programs, unequal access and segregation of children according to income follows. When the main burden of costs falls on parents, children from disadvantaged backgrounds… Continue reading How should Early Learning and Child Care be Funded in Canada?

How are Early Learning and Child Care Services Funded in Canada Now?

In most of Canada, regulated or licensed child care is not directly “funded” by government.  This means that the costs of operating a child care program—staffing, facility costs, food, supplies and equipment—are financed mostly through parent fees. As a consequence, parent fees for regulated child care are very high, except in Quebec where parent fees are capped at a… Continue reading How are Early Learning and Child Care Services Funded in Canada Now?

New study: Canada’s Early Childhood Education and Care Policy is Evolving

In Canada’s early childhood education and care policy: Still a laggard? (2009), Rianne Mahon examines how policy is changing throughout Canada. Canada’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) system has fared poorly in recent international comparisons. Its laggard status can be attributed to the “liberal” character of its social policy regime and to the federal… Continue reading New study: Canada’s Early Childhood Education and Care Policy is Evolving